Hey everyone, Brushed By Brandy here!
Achieving a smooth blend of paint colors on any painting project, large or small, can be tricky. Today, I am going to share My Top 10 Tips for Blending Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint, so you have a few tricks up your sleeve, that paired with some practice, will have you painting smooth blends in no time.
1. The right brush makes a difference.
Having the right tools will make your job so much easier. I use the Dixie Belle synthetic brushes for blending because they are soft and smooth. I can lay on a coat of paint and feather through it with a soft hand, just the brush tips, and the paint melds together. A dense brush, coarse natural bristles, or inexpensive brushes are going to yield far different results.
2. Less Is More! Too much paint will make a soupy mess.
This is one of the most common errors I see in blending, too much paint! Your base coat is for coverage, so that the second coat can be for perfecting the finish. Dixie Belle Paint gets such good coverage, that the finish can be fairly thin, and still achieve the look.
3. Keep a mister bottle at hand, a bit of water will keep your paint moving.
Water is your friend! Dixie Belle Paint is water based and friendly to use with water as a tool. A mister bottle lays on a fine mist vs. a regular spray bottle that delivers heavier droplets.
4. The more contrast in your colors, the harder they will be to blend.
The closer your colors are on the color wheel, the easier they will meld together. Start out with more similar tones and work your way up to heavier contrasting colors.
Looking for a little color inspiration to perfectly blend your chalk mineral paint? I wrote a whole list of My Top 20 Dixie Belle 3 Color Blends HERE!
5. Start small, with 2 or 3 color blending.
2 or 3 colors is far simpler to work together than 5-6 colors. Get your shading right first, and then you can add more colors as you gain comfort.
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.