My materials cost me less than $3 because I had to buy a new glue gun, but I already had some scrap plastic and a big ole bag of mini glue sticks. This could potentially be a "free" DIY project if you already have a glue gun (that you can easily find in your house unlike some people...). $3 is a lot more awesome than $40 for my unemployed young person budget. My acrylic plastic had blue liner on both sides so I drew out the patterns I wanted on one side, flipped it over, pulled the liner off and got going (see above).
|textures! if you hate it to clean with, you can use it as a filter for photos :p|
I tried this out today, too, because I decided it was time all my brushes needed to be thoroughly cleaned and I am really pleased!! It's very rewarding to use this scrubby surface and definitely saves my hands from getting really dry and pruney - I usually swirl them in my palm, which is the way my art teacher taught me to clean out regular paint brushes. Speaking of paint brushes, this scrubby surface would also be great to clean paint brushes that you've used for acrylic nail art (and also just regular art, no discrimination here); not so sure it would work well with nail art brushes that you use with polish because I find it best to clean polish-y striper brushes with acetone while I'm using them. All in all I'm very happy with my almost free DIY'd new cleaning solution!
Here's a look at the different textures on my board, starting with lots of nubs and dots at the top and then working towards more squiggles for rinsing. Yes, my bedroom is that crazy sunshine color IRL and no, I don't know why I thought it made sense to photograph it in there... Sorry for the near blinding photo that I will probably replace later.
|yes, my bedroom really is sunshine yellow irl...|
|fits easily into my palette organizer!|
Now, obviously you could also go out and buy an actual textured oven mitt instead of making a board. Having a mitt helps protect one of your hands from getting wet and you can squeeze the water out and reshape the brushes with the thumb of the mitt. I do feel some bad feels that a lot of the Internetz are basically yelling at Sigma; they had a GREAT idea and scrolling through their photos they have obviously put a lot of thought into the design of the different textures and the flow of the design over the surface of the glove (the design is currently patent pending, too). Probably because I'm a trained product designer I just have lots of ~feels~ and respect for the design of the glove. I think it's something I would consider buying if it was even just $10 cheaper. The Sigma brand is known for 'affordable' brush alternatives, so I think that's mostly why people were sort of flabbergasted by the price. Plus I don't know about you but I round a lot so $40 feels like $50 to me, you know? And then it feels absolutely unreasonable for something that looks like a mitt you could get at Target that would also help you bake cookies!!
The rest of the week I'll be doubling up on posts because I've missed a lot of things - Tri-Polish Challenge, ABC Polishes, and I got two beautiful bottles in the mail that would be perfect for Friday's TGIF post. Thanks for bearing with me if you just h8 makeup 4eva and wish the nails would come back - don't worry, they are totally coming in full force the rest of the week :D