Your Own Stroke of Brilliance
Add a touch of drama to any room with the softly
textured look of dry-brushing. It's a simple and affordable way to
turn an ordinary space into a cozy retreat.
Base Coat: AquaPearl #1240
First Brush Coat: AquaVelvet #1266
Second Brush Coat: AquaVelvet #1244
Highlight Colour: AquaVelvet # 967
9-inch roller, paint tray, 3 - 2 1/2" brushes, pail of water,
cardboard or newspaper, & rags
5 Easy steps to Dry-Brushing
Paint the walls with base coat;
allow to dry overnight.
Dip tip of brush in first brush
colour; brush it onto a piece of cardboard to remove excess paint.
Apply brush to wall creating a
45-degree brush mark, 8 to 12 inches long. Make a second brush
stroke adjacent to the first, at opposing 45-degree angle, creating
a herringbone pattern. The pattern need not be perfect.
Repeat, re-dipping brush in paint as required, filling your
Apply the second brush color over
the first in the same manner, but be looser in your angles.
The idea is to soften the pattern created by the first color.
When finished, move along to another 4-foot-by-4-foot section and
repeat steps 2 to 4.
When walls are completed, brush on
the third colour randomly in areas to create highlights.
If the brush becomes too dry and
does not appear to be adding any paint to the surface, dip it in
water and shake well; all it requires is a little lubrication.
The secret to this technique is not to apply too much paint.
When selecting colours, choose those
that are within the same color families or are tints or shades of
each other so that they blend well together on the wall.
Make sure to leave ample time to
complete the project. You're using a small amount of paint and
applying it with a hand-size tool, so the process can be time
You can achieve the dry-brushing
look in the corners with a few dabs of a paintbrush.
Do not panic when the first brush
colour is applied. It will be dark, but the second brush
will soften the look.
Compliments of: Hyde Park Paint & Paper,