The First Cut is NOT the Deepest!
Ok, I confess. I have been asked for advice on cutting straight lines a lot over the years.
I’ve offered many canned answers:
“Stare at the line. Until you see 3 lines. Cut the line in the middle…”
“It’s the brush…”
“I was taught at the Paint Academy back in the 80’s.”
And I’d laugh up my sleeve and move on about my business.
I have grown up a bunch since then, and I apologize to everyone who ever asked.
Here are some tips:
- On entry: hook the line where it’s best for you
- Pull forehand and backhand strokes
- Don’t change wrist orientation, move from your center
- Sneak into the line, successively closer
- The straightest lines are pulled quickly
- Point and pull
- Learn to do it with both hands
- It’s only paint…
These brush cutting tips help a lot…and it was only after about 25 years of painting that I even became aware of them.
Oh, and, I have been painting for 30 years.
In all seriousness, attitude is everything – it’s how you look at your cutting game. A perception thing.
What brush cutting tips would you add to my list?