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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Texture and Color



I have named it the European Dry Brush Technique.



It takes at least three colors.








 Base Coat is creamy white.  Add the brightest color next. Tone down with next 2 colors.
Use water based paints thinned 6 to 1 with water  and apply with large, soft brush. Apply color to a 3x3 foot area feathering out towards edges.  Repeat till wall is covered.  






I sometimes add a fourth layer by painting a large flat sponge 
(not dipping sponge into paint) 
with an accent color and applying paint in a skipping, pushing and dabbing motion. 


Walls come alive when treated with this layering of colors  
 technique.  

Have a great week my dear 
Blogging Friends. 

Gina 






4 comments:

  1. Dear Gina - Your technique looks as though it's a fine way to achieve successful marble finishes — colorful or otherwise. I'd love to see a video!

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  2. I always love a complex wall treatment! Multiple layers give such depth.

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    1. Dear Theresa, How right you are. I never tire of such paint techniques. As you know so well they also work wonders when used as background for more complex designs such as your Italian grotesques. ox, Gina

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  3. Dear Mark, When I taught Decorative Painting techniques at our local college, my "dry brush technique" was always the most difficult to master for my students. The secret is to work fast and vigorously and not to be afraid of color. One can always add a thinned out white on top of eveything which covers a multitute of sins.

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