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How To Dry Brush with Cece Caldwell's Chalk + Clay Paints

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How To Dry Brush using Cece Caldwell’s Chalk + Clay Paints’ Young Kansas Wheat and Dover White Wash

How to Dry Brush with Cece Caldwell's Chalk + Clay Paints

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!

  1. Start with a full coat of your base color, in this project Young Kansas Wheat by Cece Caldwell’s Chalk + Clay Paints.
  2. Let the paint dry completely.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Paint top color onto your project using soft, light strokes.
  6. Reload your brush (you can usually reload from where you just offloaded).
  7. 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!

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