Artist's Brush Holder




Introduction: Artist's Brush Holder

About: I'm a refugee from Los Angeles, living in backwoods Puerto Rico for about 35 years now and loving it. I built my own home from discarded nylon fishnet and cement.

While soaking brushes in water, brush hairs can be permanently distorted if they press against the bottom of the container.  This idea prevents that kind of damage.  

Clothespins hold the brushes and keep them from touching the bottom of the container.  Two vertical wires attached to the container  impale the clothespins through the eye of their springs, keeping them in place.   Each wire can support more than one clothespin and more than one brush.  

Many containers, such as this jar, have a rolled edge, or something to clip onto around the mouth of the container.  

Step 1: Bending the Wire

I think I used coat hanger wire for this brush holder.  Make sure the wire fits through the eyes of the clothespins you are going to use.  

Since the wire is springy, you have to over-bend it a little to make the size ring you want.  I used the smaller diameter circle in the hand grip area of a juice bottle to bend the ring that fits on the jar.  

Since the wire clips into a reduced  diameter area on the jar, the wire ends have to first bend outward, to clear what is above them, before bending up for the clothespins.  You need two pairs of pliers to make the bends.  

Step 2: Assembly

The springy wire loop clips into place on the jar.  The clothespins go on the upturned wire ends.  You can impale more than one clothespin on each wire.  I can usually handle four, or five brushes without too much trouble.  

The last photo shows a larger container being used.  

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    10 Discussions

    Olivia Torres
    Olivia Torres

    1 year ago

    Simple and does what it needs to do. Its great, tho I had to buy additional cloth pins because mine were too small for my Acrylic painting brushes. Would take any suggestions for Oil painting brushes.


    Reply 1 year ago

    Glad you liked the idea. Clothes pins can be modified in different ways to adapt to bigger brushes. Jaws can be extended by gluing the jaws of other pins to the outsides of them, for example. I imagine that could handle most big brush handles.

    I don't know what problem you would have with oil brushes, other than the exposed reservoir of solvent. Offhand, I would imagine a glass jar with a lid. Remove the lid and save it for storing the used solvent when you are not in painting mode. Most sediment should settle. Make a new lid out of something like rubber exercise floor mat material (type with interlocking edges is what I use.) Poke a small hole in the material to push your brush handle through from the bottom side, until the brush hairs are off the bottom of the jar. Friction with the rubber should hold the brush. The rubber should seal off vapor loss.

    It might get complicated with more than one brush, so maybe it's not the best idea.

    My mother used to store oil house painting brushes wrapped in plastic wrap in the freezer, to cut down on clean-up. I guess it worked. Some objected to seeing brushes in the freezer, though.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    thanks! I really need do


    7 years ago on Introduction

    very cool think, kinda surprised the rest of us artists haven't thought of this


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I'm sure there must be other simple solutions, but this is what I have used for decades and it works fine.