The term "dry-brushing" may seem an oxymoron; since Day 1, we've been dipping our brushes into paint, then running the bristles across a substrate -- the point being, to layer the substrate with paint!
But somewhere along the way, someone discovered or developed the technique of dry-brushing. For anyone like me, who likes to overdo everything when it comes to paint, this might seem a hard technique to master.
But a little practice works magic! And the results of dry brushing with stencils are rewarding -- especially for me, since I love to find ways of achieving new looks with my stencils.
The first step is to put out a little paint. Dry-brushing requires very little!
After my practice time, I decided the brush that works best for me is a brush with very stiff bristles. So that's the kind of brush I've used in all the following photos.
Below is a similar shot, this time, with my 9" x 12" stencil Prayer Flags being put to work.
Below are two shots of this stretched canvas, showing what the surface looks like, now that the stencil has been lifted.
The dry-brushing technique can also be employed in at least one other way:
The next photo below shows a stretched canvas that I have developed by using my 9" x 12" Longwood Florals Stencil with modeling paste. First I had spread the modeling paste thru the stencil with a credit card.
Then I'd immediately placed the stencil into a basin of water so that I could clean it later -- something that I do whenever using a 3-dimensional medium like modeling paste.
After the modeling paste had dried, this is what I had --
Like today's earlier project -- using the dry brush technique thru stencils -- the 3-dimensional piece above is still being developed. With a wet brush, I'll be adding several layers of translucent paints in several colors that will correspond with the colors now laid down.
More examples of dry-brushing across raised surfaces:
Above: a stretched canvas developed with modeling paste and Mimosa Stencil (9" x 12") as well as Mimosa 6 Stencil (6" x 6".)
|Above: a close-up detail.|
|Above: another close-up detail.|
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