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Wet Distress and Dry Brush Techniques with Chalk Paint®

August 24, 2015

I like to layer for texture with Chalk Paint® – it adds lots of depth to the painting and I believe easier than distressing with sandpaper. I recently painted this picture frame from the shop (hard to believe there was still something I hadn’t painted) using these techniques and I’ll show you how.

As with everything I paint, I first wipe with a gentle spray cleaner to remove any dirt or dust. I then used Florence as my base coat, not really caring if I had complete coverage since I was going to distress back anyway.


After the first coat had dried, I mixed a custom color of Florence and Aubusson, no formula, just put both colors on a plate and mixed with my brush so that I could see all three colors on the frame. I brushed that on lightly – and here’s the Wet Distress part – I gently removed some of this second color with a soft cloth while the paint was still wet.


Of course, as soon as I started to do this, I had several customers come into the shop and had to stop. No problem, once they had left, I simply used a moist wipe (or baby wipe) to take off some of the paint. A lightly damp cloth works as well. The purpose is to lightly remove some of the second color to see the first and perhaps even the wood underneath. I like this method rather than distressing with sandpaper which I find too “rough”. And, this is much faster!

Although I liked the three colors peeking through, I thought it was still a bit dark, so I added a little Pure White using a Dry Brush Technique. To do this, get a little bit of paint on your brush then wipe off on a paper plate. You want a “dry brush” so that there is almost no paint on the brush. I lightly brushed the Pure White over the Florence and Aubusson layers. I like to use a flat chippy brush for this technique rather than the Annie Sloan brushes.


Satisfied, I then waxed with Annie’s Clear Soft Wax and here’s my secret weapon – I use a high grit (600 or above) to buff the wax after it has dried. This technique will set your painted pieces above everyone else’s!


So here’s the finished frame – kitty has a new home!


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  • Reply Burt Dambra May 17, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Tremendously insightful. Just what I had been looking for!

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