Hey there! Today, I'm pulling back the curtain on one of my favorite painting techniques: dry brushing. I love to use dry brushing in my paintings to create a distinct visual effect that adds depth and texture.
Dry brushing with acrylic paint is all about using a brush that's well, dry, instead of being dipped in water before taking up a bit of pigment. I dab just a small amount of paint onto a relatively dry brush. Often I wipe the paint off a bit more onto my studio rags before touching the canvas. This technique gives me a scratchy, textured appearance, unlike the traditional smooth application of paint strokes.
Alternatively, I use a wet brush dipped in heavy body acrylic paint. Then I dab off most of the paint using a paper towel. This leaves just a whisper of paint on the brush. With this slightly damp brush, I lightly stroke it across my canvas or paper.
What's super interesting is the effect it creates. It's not your typical smooth stroke; it's more textured, almost scratchy. This technique brings a unique character to my artwork, adding an unexpected depth and dimension.
And the best part? Dry brushing isn't limited to a specific type of paint. Whether I'm working with watercolors or oils, this technique allows me to explore and experiment across various mediums.
Dry brushing has a rich history, dating back in both water-based and oil-based painting. It's a fascinating technique that has stood the test of time and is a versatile tool in an artist's kit.
So there you have it! A peek into my process and the magical world of dry brushing. Keep an eye out for more behind-the-scenes tips and tricks as I uncover more artistic wonders!