Cohwa Brush for Today's Painter

Dry Brushing with Chalk Paint

Jul 05, 2016

Chalk paint is all the rage. It’s a great product for all you motivated, do-it-yourselfers out there who want a new project. Dry brushing is a technique you can use with chalk paint to achieve a trendy distressed look that catches the eye.


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This technique uses a small amount of paint on a brush to achieve a unique depth on any surface area. The term dry brush has been coined because you remove paint from your paint brush to such a degree that you are essentially using a dry brush to apply your paint. Dry brushing is a fun way to refinish an old piece that creates shadow and generates new interest using only a few simple items.

Before you get started, you will need to gather a few supplies. Make sure you have the following:

Paint brush: Often, a chip brush is recommended because of the coarse nature of the bristles, but any brush will do. Choose one that you prefer.

Chalk paint: You can use any color. Neutral colors are good options for a toned down look or you may want a bright color to create an interesting discussion piece. Chalk paint can also be expensive. If you are looking to reduce costs, check here for tips on making your own chalk paint.

Paper towels, piece of cardboard or other dispensable material: You will need this for the offloading process. You can also use the paint can lid if you find yourself short of materials.

Wax polish: This is optional. The wax polish is a protective layer for your project and is not always necessary. This, as with most do-it-yourself projects, is a matter of personal preference.

One of the key elements in using the dry brush technique with chalk paint is offloading. Offloading is the process of wiping paint off of the brush after you have dipped it in paint. You can do this on a paper towel or other material to prepare your dry brush.


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