Tidy Up with the Best Artists Brush Holders
As I came full circle with this chapter on brushes, it’s time for the last step of importance – keeping them in one place that makes them easy to retrieve on a dime.
Yep, I’m talking about artist brush holders. There are some that make them easy to transport from room to room (along with your other tools) and others that are more stationary, a lot of it just depends on your lifestyle.
First Option: The Catch-All Art Bin
Out of all the various artist paint brush holders I own this one storage bin here I use the most often is the best because it holds the whole she-bang! Brushes, paint tubes, palette knives, and other bric-a-brac stays tidy with all the different slots in two tiers.There is also a bottom compartment for additional tools, and the whole thing slides out and down at the ready.
Disclaimer: This storage bin’s top tray was designated for brushes; but it came with a flat plastic clear bin of which I have (whoops – my bad!) somehow misplaced. I was able to spot it online and I recognized it right away. This replacement version of the case can be found here. As you can see it has special designated places to arrange your brushes.
Yes, I agree that mine could be a little neater than this picture -it’s been awhile since I was painting like gangbusters. One thing I want to note is that the one I owned had metal springs but this one has foam inserts to secure the brushes.
(Wonder why that is? Mine shoulda had the foam layout) Although it’s a great tote bin and I would certainly recommend it, there are some very good standalone artist brush holders.
The most important thing is that a good art brush organizer needs to satisfy these main criteria points:
Stationary Artist Paint Brush Holders
The above image to the right (and that one at the left) is of a “brush basin” – these are fantastic to use while working. As you can see there are several different designated cleaning areas and varying size brush holders too!
You could pour your brush cleaner into either side or both. When I first got it it came with a lid which is great to be able to take it to class 🙂
I’ve seen several round units too – (sorry they don’t hold the liquid) that hold brushes, they have different sized openings for the different diameters of brush handles. This one will hold up to 50 brushes in all and will also include similarly sized tools like knives or pencils (I don’t know about you but I always had pencils nearby as I needed to do a preliminary sketch beforehand on canvas.)
Paint Brush Cases for Taking Along
Although I really like my brush basin/tub, there will be times when you just want to travel light and not have to tote around excess “stuff” when you do your painting – there is a good selection of brush storage organizers that are made with travel and convenience in mind.
When attending art classes I used to have a long tube-shaped art brush organizer (above image) made of clear plastic. One end would open to dispense brushes as needed. My only bone to pick is that I wish it had ventilation holes on the sides or in one of the orange caps.
When I opened it one day it smelled really “painty” for lack of a better word. (Guess that sounds like a job for my cordless drill!) Update: I did, and it helped.
Some better designs have come out since then; namely some carriers made out of canvas fabric that roll out flat and have various elastic loops for different sized brushes, When not in use, it can be rolled back up and secured. I like this design better than the tube personally as it meets the “separate and spread out” criteria well.
Thanks for letting me show you how to “brush up” artistically here! I know from experience that it is easy to get careless and let a brush get slightly damaged and hard to get it back in tip-top shape. You took the plunge and bought high-quality brushes with the intent of them lasting long, now give them the security and protection they deserve.
You now know exactly how to choose, clean, and store your brushes – one of the most important tools for your ARTsenal.