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How to paint a gradient, how to blend colors, DIY mural project
How to create a blended color or gradient effect


A gradient effect


Information on color wheels

In order to create a blended effect or smooth transition from one color to another, make sure the colors are close on the color wheel.

  • Choose the two paint colors and blend equal parts of each together. This will create the perfect mid-tone.
  • You must work with speed. The greatest success will be achieved while working with wet paint.
  • Work in small sections of wall at one time.
  • Use glaze in the mixtures to allow your paint to have more open time.
  • The wall and bruch should be dammpened before you start blending.
  • If the paint starts to dry up, or grab before you are done&add more of the mixture to soften the paint and it will start to blend again.

This technique is best on a smooth wall. Any cracks or texture will be evident and the smooth transition will be spotty.

  • The center space is filled with the mixture of half and half of your two color choices.
  • Leave a gap between the two bands of color.
  • Apply a little glaze to this bare area.
  • Now apply some of the bottom color and middle color, using the same brush
  • Apply the first color (one of the colors from your color wheel choice). This band of color goes on from the bottom up one-third of the space. Apply this coat with out using faux glaze or water until you get to the 1/3 line.
  • Use a brush, dampened. Keep running the brush along the break working into the still wet paint with the wash of colors. Continue to blend until you have blurred the lines and cant see a hard edge. Use glaze and or water to help in blending.
  • The top third of the space is painted in the same way. The color is your second color choice and blended into the mix one third down the wall or area of painting.
  • If you are painting around a corner. Paint into and out of the corner while painting one wall. Dont stop in the corner if you can help it. This will give you and area to blend up too on the next wall.

The key is working quick!

A wet on wet technique is best done on humid days.

 


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THAT Painter lady - Debra Conrad for this 'How to' project. Read about Debra, her work and her books

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