"Duo at the Cape"
Oil, 12" x 12"
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I think the most important tip I can share about saving money is to take care of your supplies. What does this mean?
Take a minute to think about all of the times you have damaged a canvas, ruined a frame or found a "bad" tube of paint in your supplies. How many times has a brush "died" without proper cleaning? All of these losses can be prevented. We just need to focus on taking care of our supplies.
Make sure your canvases are stored in a way that punctures can't happen. Get them off the ground and if they aren't stored in plastic then wrap them to keep them clean and dry.
I hate storing frames. It seems I am always finding a small ding or ship on the corner of a frame. My best tip is to wrap them in plastic or bubble wrap and get them out of your studio. Find a good storage spot and don't move them again unless absolutely necessary.
Store paint in a dry place and in mild temperatures. If your studio has extreme temperatures it may make sense to purchase a small refrigerator to store your paints.
And a good, thorough cleaning routine for your brushes is really important. Create a place in your studio where you have a system to store wet brushes and clean them before it's too late.
It seems pretty simple but taking care of your supplies can really save you a lot of money.
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