Monday, 17 September 2012

Marseilles Soap: a painters cure to a dead brush

Marseilles Soap is used for cleaning brushes and palettes for oil paint and acrylic. 

Once made up it lasts extremely well and a pot kept by a sink in your studio will keep for several months. 

Rubbing a small amount of the soap mixture into the bristles of a brush will draw out the remnants of paint. It can be left in the brush over night to help remove stubborn residue and is even kind to your hands.

It works on sable, hog hair and even the synthetic Lascaux brushes featured in the image below.

  • Dissolve the soap flakes in hot water.
  • Approx 1 table spoon into 500ml of water.
  • Leave to dissolve into a gel.

We consider it a studio essential for anyone who has spent money on brushes.