"Dry brushing" may sound like an oxymoron; since Day 1, we've been dipping our brushes into paint, then running the bristles across a substrate -- the point being, obviously, to cover a surface with a layer of paint!Somewhere along the way, however, 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 and masks.
First, try a dry run. Crumble some scrap paper, enough to make a textured surface for practice --
During my own practice time, I started with soft-bristled brushes. Eventually, however, I decided the brush that works best for me, personally, 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" mask Prayer Flags being put to work on stretched, gallery-wrapped canvas.
Below are two shots of this stretched canvas, showing what the surface looks like, now that the stencil has been lifted.
I'm ending today's post with a warning -- it's so easy (at least, for me) to load too much paint onto your brush when first approaching this technique! Below is a shot of what happens when the brush is over-loaded with paint. In this case, the stencil used was my 6" x 6" mask Webbed Medallion --
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