dry-brush paint technique
Are empty picture frames still a home décor craze?
I think their popularity is dying down but I still have a large stash of frames, so if I’m looking for a quick easy project, I grab one.
My posts that feature the dry-brush paint technique always stir up a lot of interest. People comment on the post or email asking how to get “the look”.
Sometimes I’m tempted to give them a long drawn out 3 page narrative about the difficulties and time involved in the project.
Because I’m so bad
I hate to admit how simple it is.
Maybe 5 minutes tops.
I love doing this technique on highly detailed antique frames but I didn’t have one on hand.
This frame has lots of details but they aren’t raised as much as I would like.
Usually I pour the paint onto a paper plate but I used the bottom of a red cup so the white paint would show up in the photo.
I dipped the bristle tips into the paint and then brushed almost all the paint off onto the paper towel
The secret of the dry-brush technique is a dry brush
You can always repeat the process and add more paint but you can’t take excess paint off!
I brushed lightly over the frame and you can see the results here.
I dry-brush the complete frame and if the paint doesn’t stand out enough for me I go over the frame with more paint until I get the look I want.
The look can be highly uniform or more random.
I tend to like the imperfect finish.
Not so cookie-cutter.
5 minutes, that’s it
other dry-brush projects…..
Highly detailed frames with heavy dry-brushing in Aqua.
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