Friday, January 30, 2015

Project Challenge #1, Paint/Stain, Two Color Ombre Technique

Paint Technique, Ombre, Project Challenge, DIY http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/01/project-challenge-1-paintstain-two.html
Hello, and welcome to Project Challenge!  What is Project Challenge?  Six bloggers sharing a project each month that is made with a common item.  

DIY, Paint, Project Challenge http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/01/project-challenge-1-paintstain-two.html
This month's item was one of my favorites, paint and or stain!
Paint Technique, Ombre, Project Challenge, DIY http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/01/project-challenge-1-paintstain-two.html
I am sharing with you a 2 color ombre paint technique.Ombre means shaded or gradual in tone or color.  Most often you see it with one color and white added to make it gradually lighter.  I used two complimentary, but different colors.
Paint Technique, Ombre, Project Challenge, DIY http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/01/project-challenge-1-paintstain-two.html
I started with a sign I put together from pallet wood.  
Paint Technique, Ombre, Project Challenge, DIY http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/01/project-challenge-1-paintstain-two.html
I decided the best way to do this was to double fist it.  Yes, I know, living life on the wild side.  I used a teal and a bright green color.  Other colors that would work well together would be red and orange or yellow, blue and yellow, pink and yellow, navy blue and grey.
Paint Technique, Ombre, Project Challenge, DIY http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/01/project-challenge-1-paintstain-two.html
If you are a paint purist and can't handle a little green getting in your blue can and visa versa, pour some paint on a paper plate because you will get a little mixing.
Paint Technique, Ombre, Project Challenge, DIY http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/01/project-challenge-1-paintstain-two.html
I started with the teal on one end and the bright green on the other.  And then on the next board closest to the green I added a little teal first and then green on top.  On the board next to the teal one I used a little green and then more teal on top.  
Paint Technique, Ombre, Project Challenge, DIY http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/01/project-challenge-1-paintstain-two.html
The middle board got an even mixture of both colors.  This is what it looked like when I was finished:
Paint Technique, Ombre, Project Challenge, DIY http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/01/project-challenge-1-paintstain-two.html
When it was dry, I gave it a light sanding and then used chalk to hand letter my sentiment.
Paint Technique, Ombre, Project Challenge, DIY http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/01/project-challenge-1-paintstain-two.html
I use white latex in a semi-gloss enamel.  This helps the lettering to stay white and not get "dirty" when you stain over the paint.  I use flat brushes for the block letters and a small brush for the never.
Paint Technique, Ombre, Project Challenge, DIY http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/01/project-challenge-1-paintstain-two.html
I applied Min-wax stain in Early American over all of it when the lettering was dry. 
Paint Technique, Ombre, Project Challenge, DIY http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/01/project-challenge-1-paintstain-two.html
I love how the ombre turned out and how the white lettering pops against the bright colors.
Paint Technique, Ombre, Project Challenge, DIY http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/01/project-challenge-1-paintstain-two.html
Now be sure to visit the other blogs participating in the challenge. Next month we are inviting YOU to join the challenge.  Our item will be a $5 or under thrift store, garage sale, or Craigslist transformation and the party will go live the last Friday of February, so get working :)!

17 comments:

  1. Ooh! I love that green/blue combo - it makes me thing of spring! Great job, Becky. :o)

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  2. Looks GREAT! The colors you chose are beautiful together! You are always so creative. Happy Friday!!!
    Holly

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  3. Love this. Thanks for the tips. Maybe you should challenge US to show our interpretation of your idea.

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    1. Now that's a GREAT idea!! So love it! ;)

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  4. Love the way you used 2 complementary colors instead of a color and white - great job!

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  5. I love, love love this. It's so simple, yet so beautiful. I think you meant to say the white
    "pops" against the other paint? Anyway, simply lovely. You are an artist through & through!

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  6. Beautiful! I can't wait to try this and share your project. I always love your tutorials, you always make things seem so easy to do! ;)

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  7. Becky,
    I love the Ombre effect on your pallet sign. Beautifully done!
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

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  8. Great job! I love the colors and how the colors gradually change. It never crossed my mind to use chalk for my lettering, great tip. Won't have to break out the graphic paper as much. (-; Thanks for sharing!

    Linda

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  9. I love this...simple and rustic! The colors are beautiful, just can't work them into our home :( I'd have to go with another combo. Enjoy it!
    JP

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  10. Oh my! Love what you have done with this pallet. Great color combo. Good job!
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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate your kind words!