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Dry brush painting is one of my favorite techniques because it’s easy to apply and you simply can’t mess it up. I’ve used this painting style on smaller projects and sign making backgrounds before stenciling because it really makes the wording pop.
With this tutorial we’ll begin with the following supply list.
- Any type of wood, we’re using a Cedar Fence board
- Electric Sander
- Dixie Belle Paint, Buttercream Get Here
- Cheapo Paint Brush – I get mine at Home Depot
- Paint Pallet/scrap piece of wood works perfectly
Begin with Sanding Boards
Always sand each piece of wood prior to applying this technique. If you don’t have an electric sander, sandpaper will work just fine; sand with the grain of the wood and dust any left behind particles.
Load the Brush
Next, we’re going to load the paint brush and then swipe off the excess paint on the scrap board. Once the brush is ready it’s time to apply to the boards.
If you haven’t tried Dixie Belle paint yet it’s a must and their color selection is the best. We’re using this wonderful buttercream color, it has a soft appearance and blends with the wood so there isn’t a huge contrast.
- Applying the paint is a matter of taking light brisk strokes across the board and edges.
- Go against the grain of the wood and implement as light or dark as you like; keep it simple and remember we’re not actually painting.
- Reload the brush as needed and repeat until finished.
- Let the boards dry, this shouldn’t take maybe 10 minutes with Dixie Belle Paint and then you’re done.
A Finished Project
This planter box project is one of my favorites, get building instructions here. The dry brush technique was applied to the box prior to stenciling and assembly. It’s just fun, simple and light which means when I finally get it planted it will look amazing.
Dry Brush Painted Boards Completed
Dry brushing still allows the wood to shine through which is a nice touch and once the boards are finished you’re ready to create.
I don’t bother with a protective coat to my projects; this is a personal choice so if you think one is necessary for your climate then go for it.
Serving Tray Example
This is another fun project I made the other day using the dry brush technique. It will be a future Make and Take Workshop and look at how I used Dixie Belle paint three different ways.
- Dry brush painting with buttercream.
- Paint stained with Gravel road, stain technique here.
- Stenciled with Midnight Sky, how to stencil technique here.
These paint colors are fantastic and can be purchased here. The final step is to take this dry brush technique and create some magic where you live.