6. Not all paints are created equal.

This one is HUGE! I get messaged all the time from those struggling with blending, only to find, it’s a completely different paint brand. They are NOT all created equal. All paint brands have different formulations which means they will have different strengths and weaknesses.

I use Dixie Belle because it genuinely works well with my painting style. It reacts well to water vs. some that will separate or peel up the base layer under it. It has a long open time, with a bit of water I can keep the paint workable for the time I need. It is self leveling, so as I work the paint, if I leave it reasonably smooth, brush strokes dissipate. For a color blended paint finish, Dixie Belle is a strong contender, whereas other may not turn the same results with the same techniques.

7. A clean dry brush acts as your eraser.

I always use a Dixie Belle Mini to lay my paint on, one for each color, then a clean dry brush as my “eraser”, usually the Oval Medium because it is nice and full. I think of the eraser as a small feather duster that just whisks away those transitions between colors.

8. Work on small areas at a time.

Focus on small areas, one drawer or door at a time vs. trying to work across your entire piece.

9. Brush horizontally and vertically.

I’m not trying to keep my colors separate in blending. The very idea of the finish is to make the colors meld together so it appears that the light is hitting it differently in spots. If you can see the differentiation in colors, then they are not yet blended.

10. Teach yourself a soft hand.

This is something I struggle with in classes. I can teach the brush movements, but not the pressure that goes behind them. There is a light touch behind that brush, along with very little paint, a bit of water, and soft bristles.

For more blending tips, read more on Brushed By Brandy’s blog here!