How To Dry Brush using Cece Caldwell’s Chalk + Clay Paints’ Young Kansas Wheat and Dover White Wash
This photo is an example of dry brushing by Cece Caldwell and can be found in detail at cececaldwells.com. I am sharing my own version of the steps but want to give full credit to Cece Caldwell for the lesson!
- Start with a full coat of your base color, in this project Young Kansas Wheat by Cece Caldwell’s Chalk + Clay Paints.
- Let the paint dry completely.
- Using a totally dry brush, dab in your top color. Dover White Wash by CCCP is a great color to use as a top color as it has no pigment and is truly designed to be used for a technique like dry brushing.
- Offload (slightly remove) most of the paint off of the brush onto a piece of cardboard (I like to use paper plates for this) leaving just a little bit of your top color on your paintbrush.
- Paint top color onto your project using soft, light strokes.
- Reload your brush (you can usually reload from where you just offloaded).
- Repeat process until your entire project is dry-brushed. Your piece should be heavier with top color in some places and lighter in other places.
The most common mistake made when dry-brushing is to forget to offload paint after dipping it in your color. Luckily Cece Caldwell’s Chalk + Clay Paints are water-based and can be wiped off easily with a barely-damp paper towel or cloth. Be careful, though, when wiping with a damp cloth as you can easily take off your base color as well!