View Full Version : DIY Brush and Palette Racks

01-09-2019, 04:31 PM
Made the brush rack from a wire dish rack and some alligator clips.
Light yet very stable. Holds at least 20 brushes, which canít easily roll off or touch each other.
The palettes are actually the glass from some frames - with the edges and corners padded. I can use up a lot of real estate on palettes - one has the color wheel right on it, one is just clear, one has a black half and a white half - they are all great for mixing and they clean up really easy w a palette knife, paper towels and some Windex.
Heck I threw in a pic of my whole studio (at the moment).

01-09-2019, 07:44 PM
Cool beans!

01-10-2019, 05:50 AM
Cool beans is right!
Good idea for the brush holder. I made one with a wire clothes hanger, spacers, and clothes pins. After cleaning brushes, I hang them using the pins.

01-10-2019, 03:04 PM
Wow...very cool studio - lucky you to have so much space!
A while ago, I came up with a design for a very basic brush holder, primarily for drying just cleaned brushes upside down so water doesn't enter the ferrule. It sounds like ntl came up with something similar. You can see the thread here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=952803
...but you said yours has spacers and that's something mine could use. Can you describe the spacers?

And, just FYI, here's the palertte I use:
The one I have is 12x16, which is the exact size to fit perfectly into my Masterson box. This means the palette can simply be put the palette inside the box at the end of a session, along with a couple of cotton balls with a drop of clove oil on them, and the paint stays wet overnight - longer if in the freezer or refrigerator. There's a similar size (12x15) at Amazon, here: https://smile.amazon.com/Farberware-15-Inch-Utility-Cutting-Non-Slip/dp/B000W4OCIU/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1547148492&sr=8-1&keywords=Glass+Utility+Cutting+Board+with+Non-Slip+Red+Corners
I also have one that's much larger and for travel, a smaller ones that fits inside a clear plastic A4 document box. They weren't purchased at Amazon though, I got them at Goodwill, for next to nothing. There's now someone making essentially the same thing for sale to artists at $35+.

01-10-2019, 06:00 PM
Annie, my brush holder looks a lot like Colleen's holder in post 7
with the bottom wire cut in the center, and the (now 2) ends bent back towards
the shoulders. I put the pins onto the wire as she did, with spacers between each. My spacers are 1" to 2" sections of oxygen tubing. You might be able to get it in a hardware store-you'd need only a foot or two, or maybe someone you know uses O2. The tubing gets replaced--the O2 goes only one way, so I doubt there's any worry of contamination...

Seems to me, looking at your first photo there, you could easily remove your pins and then slide spacers--sections of plastic straws might work--and just hang it as you were then in 2011.
I hang my brushes via the handle, all brush tips down. I've got about 15 pins on mine.

01-11-2019, 04:44 PM
you said yours has spacers and that's something mine could use. Can you describe the spacers?
the spacers are just Styrofoam corners that came with the all-glass picture frame, and the plastic edging also came with the frames. I just rubber cemented the corners into place. Haven't heard a squawk from them since!
I love my color wheel / gray scale palette. And also my B&W one. I can have all these going at the same time - I go nuts when I paint sometimes.