This post shows two recent projects of making tools and materials for painting.
I’ve wrapped brushes many different ways to protect them from being damaged during transport. A friend sewed her own brush holder that motivated me to make one for myself. My mother taught me how to sew when I was a kid; I used a leftover piece of canvas to make mine. A rigid mailing tube cut to the length of the rolled brushes further protects brush hairs from being bent in transit.
For the past year, I painted on primed paper for two reasons: low initial cost and easy preparation. For my next series of work, I’ll use plywood panels. We went to three local lumber outlets to evaluate the quality of wood being offered. The best price for quality in my area was Maple/Birch, 3/4 inch, 11 ply plus two veneers, 18 mm, 4’x8′ @ $50. Drew used the table saw to cut 10 pieces into 10×10 inch panels for the first set. He set up a jig and router to cut keyhole hanging slots on the backs. This stack is ready to be gesso primed.