What can I use to clean brushes after oil painting other than turpentine?
I mean there are other something I can use .. I mean like baby oil or something that I can find at home?
Walnut oil can be used to clean brushes. (It can be used as a drying oil to mix with oil paints.) I took a class in which the instructor was very sensitive to the smell of turpentine and "odorless mineral spirits (WHO). In the classroom, I used a clean brush safe (http://www.dickblick.com/products/airtight-brush-washers/) For transportation of walnut oil, although the whole jar glass with a metal screw on the lid would have worked. I also used pictures of Mr. Graham of oil that the binder is walnut oil (http://www.mgraham.com/html/oil.asp ). (By Mr. Graham, his paintings and mediums walnut oil are completely miscible with other oil paints, and to date I found this to be the case. I use both Mr. Graham and Gamblin paints together.) Walnut oil Health Food stores be used for your (http://fresh.amazon.com/product?asin=B000WDPAUK&searchId=24235238). (Safflower oil and linseed oil are also used as binders in paints tube and can be used as a wash brush oil, but I do not know what their effectiveness.) David R. Darrow is a professional artist using edible, food grade, cold pressed walnut oil to clean brushes. He washes his brushes in Dawn dishwashing detergent. You read about his method http://davethepaintingguy.com/faq.html. (He generally uses Liquin as a means.) I got frustrated with the smoothness cleaning with walnut oil. In my studio, I use Gamsol, an OMS, in which I clean most of my paint brushes and finish washing my brushes with Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver (http://www.dickblick.com/products/masters-brush-cleaner-and-preserver/). I use a disposable glove on the farm until the hand of my own paper towel. Just a note, each artist has his own method of cleaning and preservation of their brushes. My method may not be optimal, but it works for me.
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