View Full Version : HELP! DIY brush guards/protectors for travel?

08-06-2013, 06:02 PM
Hi all!! I am here in lovely Hanover Germany for the workshop with Iain Stewart. Today was day 2 (or 5? I have been out with the group the whole time) and I had a MAJOR breakthrough. I am a happy boy today and looking forward to what I can come up with in the upcoming months.

I am packing my bags for Berlin and then Poland .. I want to keep my brushes in quick access. I am using just 3 - an Escoda Perla 14 (got this from Iain, amazing brush), a 14 Escoda Ultimo (synthetic sable round), and an 8 Escoda Tajinsky sable.

I NEED a way to cover the hairs on these and carry them in my bag. I am on the road through Eastern Europe and my bags are getting tossed around - buses, taxes, bikes, ? You name it. Anyone have quick and easy ways to cover the hairs? I am leaving on the 8th so help is much appreciated!

08-06-2013, 06:03 PM
PS Quite happy with my brush selection. Tehehehe

M.L. Schaefer
08-06-2013, 08:01 PM
I may get dinged for this, but try carefully winding a paper towel around, and securing the ends, or placing them in a small box, with toweling wrapped around. You could wrap in toweling, then double securing them with some plastic wrap wrapped around them. That'll keep you, until you find a specially made wrap of some type.

:heart: M.

08-06-2013, 08:16 PM
There are small, hard plastic brush boxes available, as well. Most of them have foam-lined grabby holders that you sort of cram the handles into. Finding something like that for short handles might be something to look into.

Also, I DO re-use the little clear plastic sleeves that come with most brushes. Wetting the brush and pointing it, then carefully rotating the brush while inserting it works fine for me. The hole on the end allows the brush to dry out, and as long as you make sure no stray bristles get caught and bent backward against the ferrule, they'll at least protect the bristles inside of another container.

I'll be curious to see what people suggest about this as well. I bought a bicycle to mosey around town with and do some plein air trips with, so I'm working on getting my mobile kit worked out.

08-06-2013, 08:42 PM
I have a bamboo brush roll that I really like. It's lightweight and I can include my pencils, a ruler and a craft knife in it.


virgil carter
08-06-2013, 08:44 PM
Really simple solution for studio, plein air and/or travel. Get one of these from an art supply store or Internet art retailer:




They all work and are cheap, but last forever.

Sling paint,

Saint Ragdoll
08-06-2013, 09:01 PM
I take a piece of cardborar or something still, make it so it will slide inside a carboard tube, like the ones inside a roll of paper towels. Tie or use a rubber band to secure the brushes to the piece of stiff card, then insert into the cardboard tube. Wrap this in a layer of paper towels tie or rubberband them to hold the bundle secure.
This is if you absolutely vant find any of the brush holders mwntioned above, because they are the best long term solution. The bamboo one can pinch and bend the hairs, I have heard.
The brush holder I use has a cord so you can fold it horizantally like an easel to hold the brushes for easy acess while painting. It folds in half vertically and a bit of velcro keeps it closed. I have bees using this particular brush holder for over 10 years. No problems at all with brushes. It isnt expensive either. It can hold alot of brushes too.
Saint Ragdoll

Saint Ragdoll
08-06-2013, 09:24 PM
Hey, did you get any Daniel Smith paints? You had asked for recomendations in another post, I am curious!

Saint Ragdoll

08-06-2013, 10:53 PM
I've been rubberbanding mine to a dowel bit that is longer on both ends than the brushes and then into a cheap pencil box. The dowels keeps the bristles from sitting and smashing.

08-07-2013, 02:23 AM
On each brush, roll a visiting/business card round the ferrule and and brush head and hold it in palce witha rubber band
Folded paper works well too

Then hold then all together with a rubber band

08-07-2013, 02:44 AM
Rubberband brushes in reverse. Any container will do, or wrapped in newspaper.


A better version in this post http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1295707


08-07-2013, 02:58 AM
:wave: http://www.gerstaecker.at/shop/unser-angebot/pinsel/spezial-pinsel/reisepinsel/da-vinci-serie-1503-aquarell-taschenpinsel-22601a

08-07-2013, 05:30 AM
I guess I'll post my current set up, too. It seems to be working for me pretty well, but I was hoping someone would post some legendary solution. :rolleyes:

It's probably a little larger than what you're looking for, but this is the sketch journal kit that I made up. It's a Global Pencil Case, the canvas 120 pencil version. It's become my new constant companion. They also sell them in 24 and 48 pencil versions that are half the size on the face/back. You can get other colors and leather ones, too.

I absolutely love these cases. The little elastic straps in the middle are situated to hold 3 (120) or 4 (48, 24) pencils each, so you can put bigger stuff in there as well. I've converted all of my pastel pencils, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, graphite, etc. over to them from the tins that they come in. The 120 and 48 pencil versions have two zippers with one 'page' in between them. You can cram an amazing amount of stuff in there. I'll eventually do some acrylic painting on the canvas covers, too. :thumbsup:

For the brushes that don't fit in there (the two kolinsky's in the middle next to the travel palette), I've been chopping the tails off. (Gasp! I know...Philistine!) No sense in paying extra for a decent travel brush when you can just modify a regular, cheaper one.

To measure them, since I couldn't really find any 'rules' for travel brush sizes, I grab it with a traditional sumi-e grip, measure about 1/2" above my index finger, and nip it off with wire cutters. Or the choppy part of a needlenose pliers. Or I score around the outside with a pocket knife and snap it off. Anything that works. That allows me plenty of room for any type of grip.

After sanding the end into a dome/cone/etc., I dip it into enamel, brush off the excess and hang it to dry by the ferrule end. For no other reason than cosmetic vanity, after it dries I dip it in another color. I need all the cool points I can get. heh :cool:




08-07-2013, 08:44 AM
This is a homemade version of some of the ones ^^^. Dirt cheap and it works great.

I got a bamboo-type placemat at Hobby Lobby or someplace like it. Then I use a half-inch wide elastic band woven through the placemat to hold the brushes. Add one long piece in the center of the back for tying it all together when it is filled and you are set to go. Minimum fuss, minimum cost, and best of all, it works!

Back of the placemat with elastic wound through it and tie piece in the center:


Front with brushes in place (you can see it will hold many more, I just put in a few for the photo).


Finally rolled up with brushes nice and snug inside and tied to keep it closed for traveling:


Cost = less than $2.00. :smug:


08-07-2013, 10:51 AM

I too use a bamboo place mat - purchased from the dollar store.

Instead of weaving the elastic through the bamboo, I have sewn through with thread to create loops sized to fit my brushes. You can make each loop tight enough that brushes are held right in place.

When out painting, I have them all pointing the same way, so I can roll it all up and place it point-end down in my backpack to keep water off the ferrules.

In the studio, I just hang it up with the brushes lying horizontal, and they are easy to access.