Master the ombré painting technique

If you thought the ombré technique was reserved for the hairdresser, think again.

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Plascon Double Velvet Ravine (EC 62) 1 litre Plascon Polvin Light Blue Green (G6-A2-2) 1 litre Plascon Polvin Aqua Pool (G6-A1-4) 1 litre acrylic scumble glaze Lay-on brush Mutton cloth

TIME NEEDED: 2 hours

BEFORE YOU START:

Prepare the walls and paint two coats of Plascon Double Velvet Ravine as a base. Mix the glazes as follows: Glaze 1: 60% Aqua Pool, 30% scumble glaze and 10% water. Glaze 2: 60% Light Blue Green, 30% scumble glaze and 10% water.

STEP 1:

Starting at the top right-hand corner of the wall and working in an area of approximately one square metre at a time, lay on the darker glaze (glaze 1) in a random crisscross manner.

Master the ombré painting technique

STEP 2:

Soften the brush marks with a lighter crisscross motion using the same brush or another clean brush. For an even softer look, you can blend using mutton cloth whilst the paint is still wet.

Master the ombré painting technique

STEP 3:

As you work down the wall, start adding the lighter glaze (glaze 2), making sure you keep a wet edge so that you can blend the colours well. Fade out into the base colour approximately halfway down the wall.

Master the ombré painting technique

PHOTOGRAPHS: SALLY CHANCE
PRODUCTION: SUMIEN BRINK
WORDS: ANNE ROSELT
PAINT EFFECTS: TARYN-LEE FIELD

PAINT EFFECTS ARTIST
Based in Durban, Taryn-Lee has 20 years of industry experience under her belt. You name the effect, she’s mastered it: from artfully distressing a French dresser to painting the most beautiful murals freehand. You can contact her on tarynleefield@gmail.com or 072 562 0311.

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