How to blend effortlessly
!Who has trouble with blending?? I know when I ask my audience the number one technique they struggle with, it is always blending. This technique is kind of like riding a bike. You struggle at first to really get the balancing technique down, trusting you won’t fall and sometimes you do. But…. Once you have the technique down, it’s gold from there on out. That is how blending is. Once you got it, you got it!
I am going to cover three main things to focus on when blending to improve and speed up your process so that it is easy every time you pick up the brush.
1. Painting quickly
2. Having enough paint
3. Painting over the original line
Let’s dive a little deeper into what these 3 key points mean and how acing these will get you off to a great start!
When we think of painting we always want to take our time. We want to enjoy the process and always practice being present over perfect. Except when we are blending a background! It is important to move quickly when blending out a background because we want to ensure that our paint stays wet. We can still fully enjoy the process and you don’t have to panic when trying to get this done but Acrylic paint dries super fast and having the wet on wet gives you the ability to blend perfectly.
If you find your paint is drying quickly there is no need to fret. There are a couple things you can do to help you out. One, you can add a tiny bit of water to the tip of your brush and then continue blending where the two colours meet. You can also add a bit more paint to your brush and go over the area again. If you find you are not fast enough in the beginning to keep your paint wet, you can work in smaller sections or even pre wet your surface.
Another great thing to consider when blending is the amount of paint on your brush. When you are covering a large surface it is so important to load up on your paint. I always tell my viewers, now is not the time to be shy haha.
You want to have the brush covered on both sides and layered on pretty thick. This goes for a second colour you add as well. The only time you can lay back on the paint a bit is if you bring one colour up too high and have to add a bit of the other colour to bring the blend back down a bit. I have a great video on my facebook page explaining this.
The third way to ensure a good blend is to make sure when adding the second colour you start below the line of the original colour and work your way up toward that first colour until you blend over top of the original line. As you go back and forth over this line several times you will start to see a transition colour appear and that is exactly what you want.
I hope this has helped to bring some clarity and gives you the opportunity to try some new things!