It may seem like a trivial thing to write about, but a water bucket to someone without a sink is important.
This holds true for people without running water who have to fetch water for their daily needs or even to someone like me, who does have running water available, but doesn’t have a sink near by.
I have written about not having a sink on the same floor as my studio/office before and how I handle pre-cleaning paint brushes.
Now I’d like to introduce something that I have recently started using and wished I had found earlier.
It’s the Mijello water bucket. It has three compartments. Two of the compartments have raised lines inside, at the base, to assist with scrubbing the brushes clean. The handle, when laying flat, has grooves to hold your brushes next to the of rim the bucket. I find this very useful because I don’t like to leave my brushes in the water when I am not using them. It causes water to seep up under the ferrel and loosens the attachment to the handle. I also dry my brushes in a horizontal position as well for this same reason. Once they have dried then I store them with the brush tips up. The bucket is a lot larger than my old water container so having somewhere to rest my brushes when not using them helps with my limited work space.
The bucket has a fourth, shallow area for a small sponge or cloth. I haven’t used that area yet. When I do, I will update this post.
I used to use a small mason jar for my water and would have to change it out frequently. I have found that with this larger bucket, I do not have to. I wipe off excess paint or medium onto a piece of paper or a canvas that I can later use as a background for a piece of artwork. If there is still more paint on the bristles that I want to remove, I wipe it off onto a paint rag so that very little paint actually goes into the water. I swish the wiped off brush around in the first section and may push the bristles onto the ridges on the bottom for extra cleaning. I use the paint rag again to squeeze the excess water from the bristles.
I use the second section for rinsing the brush again if it has not been cleaned sufficiently. There is less paint coming into this section of water than the first section, which usually contains the most paint or medium residues.
I use the third section as a place for clean water. For instance, if I want to wet a brush with clean water before starting to paint or I am going to do some watercolor painting and need clean water to fill a water brush, I have clean water available.
The sediments in the first section tend to settle in the bottom if the water is not stirred up too vigorously. This means I don’t change the water every painting session. When I do change out the water, I pour the water out slowly and clean out the bottom of the bucket with a paper towel so that less paint goes down the drain.
Before I purchased this bucket, I read some reviews. The funniest reviews to me were the ones complaining about the color of the bucket. I guess if that is a big enough issue, a can of spray paint made for plastic could remedy that.
Having an esthetically pleasing studio can be important. I started out using a pretty mug for washing out my brushes and then almost made the mistake several times of plunging dirty brushes into my tea instead of the water. In order to prevent any unpleasant surprises, I switched from drinking beverages from an open mug to a covered travel container. I switched my water container to a small jar that didn’t look like something that I would drink out of and that helped a lot. Now I think I have found the best water bucket for my studio and have gone back to drinking my beverages in open containers. It’s really hard to confuse the two vessels now.
Maybe I will follow my own advice and get a can of spray paint to customize my Mijello water bucket.
Do you have any studio tools that you absolutely love?