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Dry Brushing with Chalk & Clay Paint


Hi everybody,
it’s Stacy from Peony Lane Designs. I’m back with another tutorial.
I am going to be showing you how to do a dry brushing technique using junk
gypsies buttermilk biscuit paint. I had some leftover.
If you saw the spraying video, I had a lot.
You can see I only use like half, half the can so I’ve got quite a bit of
paint leftover and I’m getting ready for a pop up sale this coming weekend and I
wanted to get this giant ornate gold mirror painted.
I got this for a really stellar deal. I think I paid 20 bucks for it and it is
huge. It is one of the biggest pieces.
Let me see if I can show you kind of. It’s big.
It’s really big. It’s hard to film a mirror.
Sorry, but it’s at this really great detail on
it. And If you just had a heart attack
because I got paint on the mirror. Don’t.
It’s chalk paint. It’ll come off.
Um, and I’ll show you that as well because
I’m not going to tape it off, which that might make some of you a
little distressed because you’re used to having large projects and you have to
tape them off for glass and mirror and stuff like that.
I don’t worry about it with chalk paint, I absolutely love the convenience of
being able to do the dry brush technique,
get all of the edges, get all the pieces done and then have no
problem wiping off the excess. It’s sort of like doing a water
distressing only on the glass. You just rub it right off and I’ll,
I’ll show you that clearly I’m going to be able to show you that,
but what I do when I do the dry brush technique,
you don’t normally want to saturate your brush,
but because I am going to be painting the outside of the frame and the detail
part, what I do is,
I’ll dip my brush in the paint and you can see I’ve kind of got,
see if I can get it to focus, quite a bit of paint on there. Yeah,
there we go. Now you can see it,
um quite a good little dollop of paint and what I’m gonna do is I’m going to go
in and I’m going to start brushing the backside that you’re not going to see
it. It doesn’t have much detail.
Edges of the frame. And I know I’m sorry,
I, I get in the way until I get my brush to
the point where I’m pulling paint back and it happens very quickly.
I just got paint all over myself because you know,
I don’t have much space. I’m in my living room.
I’m home with kids. So right now there’s a bunch of kids in
my house and I only have one child but she’s got friends over and I can’t,
can’t leave them alone for too long or you know,
happens. So what I’m going to do then on this
ornate detail, the reason I love the dry brushing is
because it takes very little paint and you can see I’m just hitting it lightly
and you’re getting all the detail to come through.
So it’s getting rid of the tacky gold, which I am not a fan of the gold.
I know it’s coming back. I’ve heard this many times.
I don’t care. I don’t like the gold and if I don’t
sell this I’m stuck with it, so if I wanted it’s going to be painted
and it’s going to be white, but you can see I just hit the edges and
I’m getting paint right on that glass and it’s not a problem.
But you basically can put as little or as much pain on as you want while doing
this and I don’t put that much on and I do kind of spread it out so I’ll end up
going all the way out to the edges. With this,
you can see it’s just really dry brushing and then the detail comes out,
but you’re not completely coating the piece.
It uses very little paint. It’s a wonderful technique to use if you
have just a tiny bit of paint left and a big piece or ah even a small mirror,
a small picture frame that you’ve got really great ornate detail on.
Let me show you what’s happened over here. So I did this.
I did this portion earlier and you can see all of the really great corner
detail, all that wonderful detail and it looks
super pretty when it’s done, but let me show you what happens with
the dry paint. So if any of you are worried about the
mirror, I can literally take my finger and rub
it and that paint comes right off. So if I get a washcloth,
let me see if I can just take my finger, get it wet and run that along.
There was paint is going to come right up.
So when I get a wash cloth on it, I won’t have to worry about taping off
the whole thing. And we all know taping off takes a lot
of time. So I’m going to finish the dry brushing
on this and then I’ll show you what it’s like when it’s done,
but it’s super simple technique. Um,
any of the Bungalow 47 or Junk Gypsy paints are fantastic for this.
Chalk paint is ideal for dry brushing. So let me show you what it’s like.
As I was working. I’m going to mention it to you guys.
So I’m sorry for the weird camera angle and I’m sorry that you see the mic cord,
but what happened was as I was working the,
the, the brush got too dry,
but because I had put the heavy paint on this side,
what I’ll do then is I go back to the side that’s super wet and just grab a
tiny bit more paint and then I went back to the detail part to continue the dry
brushing. So you don’t have to re-dip into the
paint. It’s really nice because when I start
out this way where I do the heavy paint on the back because it’s still wet,
I can just grab a tiny little bit and kind of re,
re-fill my brush to do the dry brushing technique without getting too much paint
on it again. So just a quick tip. Okay.
So here it is all finished and it probably took me less than 10 minutes to
complete the whole thing. To be honest with you,
it took me longer to find this piece in my inventory,
which is a – (laugh) someday I’m going to take you guys on a tour of what that
looks like, and pull it out and bring it in here
than it did for me to actually finish brushing it,
but as you can see, what I’m going to do then is just take a
rag and all they have to do for this on the glass.
Is just rubbed it off. That’s why chalk paint is so nice for
projects like this because if I had been using latex or spray paint or anything
like that, I would have had to tape this off.
It would have taken me so much longer and to be honest,
I avoid projects, if I’m using something other than chalk
paint, I will avoid taping at all costs.
I don’t like to spend that extra time because this is going to take me
probably another four minutes to run this along here and cleaned that paint
off. It’s not a big deal,
so it’s a great technique. I hope you give it a try.
You know, grab your favorite chalk paint,
there’s links below to the Bungalow 47 and Junk Gypsy paints that I sell.
If you want to give any of these a try. What I used on this again was the
Buttermilk Biscuit from Junk Gypsy, but it’s a great product and I mean
literally this thing took no time at all and it’s probably,
it’s, it’s a little over four feet long.
So I mean it would be great now, I mean it went from really ornate.
The gold was very ornate and very formal to a look that can be used in more,
a lot of different environments. I mean you could put this in a beach
house, you could put it in a country house you
could put it with decor that is more shabby chic.
You put it in a little girl’s room. This could be a full length mirror for a
little girl. I think it would be adorable in that
setting. I don’t know who’s going to buy it,
but I know somebody will and I know they’re gonna,
love it, and it took me no time at all to just
bring this from a very ornate, and formal looking piece to something
that is more approachable for everyday living.
So I hope you guys get some chalk paint and give it a try and you love dry.
You’ll love dry brushing just as much as I do.
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