Title:
Ergonomic watercolor brush rack
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A work surface accessory assembly including at least two bars coated or covered with flexible high friction material and two vertical brackets fastened to base plate as pedestal. The bars are parallel and horizontal and fastened to two vertical brackets. One bar is fastened higher than the other one. When a watercolor brush handle is set between and perpendicular to two bars; the center of gravity of the brush creates a pressure on the lower bar and another pressure on other bar in opposite direction. The combination of the high friction material on bars and the pressure between the brush handle and bars hold the brush in a steep angle with the bristle tip facing downward.



Inventors:
Shu, Timour Tinwen (Quinton, VA, US)
Application Number:
11/044460
Publication Date:
08/03/2006
Filing Date:
01/28/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47B81/02
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Primary Examiner:
MAGUIRE, LINDSAY M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Timour T. Shu (Quinton, VA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A work surface accessory assembly comprising at least two bars coated or covered with flexible high friction material, a pedestal with two vertical brackets and a base plate, wherein said bars are parallel and horizontal and are fastened to upper part of two said vertical brackets; one of said bars is fastened higher than the other one is; the lower end of two said vertical brackets are fastened to said base plate.

2. The work surface accessory assembly of claim 1, wherein said bars are coated or covered with flexible and high friction material.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to improvements in work surface accessories, especially accessories for artists, and more particularly to improvements in watercolor brushes holding.

During the watercolor painting process, artists change brushes frequently. At present time, when a wet brush with or without pigments in standby position is either laid on a horizontal surface or held by hand in bristle tip facing up position. With brush in these positions, water and paint pigments tend to run into the base portion of the bristles and ferrule, but artists need water and pigments concentrate on the tip of the bristles to paint.

OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION

An object of the instant invention is to provide a work surface accessory to hold the watercolor brushes in a preferable position, with bristles tip facing downward at all time.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a work surface accessory to hold the watercolor brushes in such a position that when the artists picks the brush up from the accessory and replace it, the hand is always in a natural relaxed position.

Still another object of the present invention is to provide a work surface accessory to hold the brushes in an organized display, allowing for ease of selection.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

One feature of the present invention resides in the provision of a work surface accessory to hold watercolor brushes in a preferable position, with the bristle tip facing downward.

The improved accessory comprises at least two bars coated or covered with high friction material, such as rubber or latex. These bars are horizontal and parallel, with one bar fastened higher than the other is.

When the user places the tip of the brush handle between and perpendicular to any two bars until the tip is below the higher one; the user can leave the handle of the brush on the lower bar. Then the center of gravity of the brush will create a pressure against the lower bar and a pressure in opposite direction against the upper bar. Due to the high friction surface of these two bars, the brushes can be held in a steep angle with the bristle tip facing downward.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

FIG. 1 is a perspective view from front left of the invention.

FIG. 2 is a cross section view A-A of a bar from FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a perspective view from front left, showing the function of the invention with one brush held in place.

FIG. 4 is a cross section view of elevation from left of section B-B of FIG. 3.

FIG. 5 is a perspective view from front left of the invention with three bars and two brushes held on the invention.

DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Referring to FIG. 1, bar 1 and bar 2 are coated or covered with soft high friction material, such as rubber or latex. Both ends of bar 1 and bar 2 are fastened to two mounting brackets 3 and 4, which are fastened to a base plate 5 as a pedestal. The bars 1 and 2 are parallel and horizontal.

Referring to FIG. 2, the body of bar 21 is coated or covered with a layer of soft high friction material 22.

Referring to FIG. 3, the tip 6 of the brush handle 7 is under the bar 1. The body of the brush handle 7 is laid on the bar 2. The bristle tip 9 is facing downward.

Referring to FIG. 4, the bar 2 is between the bar 1 and the center of gravity 8 of the brush body 7. The center of gravity 8 of the brush body 7 creates a pressure against bar 2 and a pressure in opposite direction on bar 1. These two pressure forces combine with the high friction surface of bar 1 and bar 2; the brush can be held in a steep angle with the bristle tip 9 facing downward.

Referring to FIG. 5, the invention has an additional bar 10, and one brush is held between bar 1 and bar 2, another brush is held between bar 2 and bar 10.