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Paint Ombre Furniture with MudPaint

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ombre paint techniques with MudPaint

The concept of “Ombre Painting” is derived from the French word “ombre” which means “to shade”.  How to paint using the ombre style with MudPaint is fairly straightforward! In essence, ombre painting is an effect where colors gradually “shade” or “blend” into each other.  Less rigid and uniformed than “geometric painting”, color blocking or the crispness of the “Pottery Barn” look, there is more flow and flexibility with an ombre painting technique.

There is no right or wrong way to ombre as long as the final result is that of gradual shading.  You can paint from dark to light or light to dark on a piece.  Decide by looking at the base of the piece of furniture where you want to draw attention.  The darkest paint will catch a viewer’s attention first.  If a piece has great legs, paint darker to lighter.  If the top of a piece is detailed, paint lighter to darker.  The trick to blending is to not let the paint dry. 

Here’s how to get an ombre look:

  1. Select the MudPaint colors you want to use.  For these directions, 3 colors were used.
  2. For a helpful overview of how to best prep your piece – checkout the link!
  3. Next begin with either the darkest or lightest color.
  4. Using 3 colors, paint 1/3rd of the piece with the first color.
  5. Mix a little of your second color into your first color. (More on how to mix MudPaint here!)
  6. Apply the mixed paler color above your first color, using a clean brush to feather the paint while it’s still wet.
  7. If needed, spray paint with a spray bottle of water to keep the paint wet while feathering.
  8. Apply the second color, painting 1/3rd of the piece.
  9. Mix a little of your third color into your second color.
  10. Apply the mixed paler color above your second color, using a clean brush to feather the paint while it’s still wet.
  11. If needed, spray paint with a spray bottle of water to keep the paint wet while feathering.
  12. Apply the third color.
  13. Allow to dry.