I’ve been playing around with paints for a while and now have a (not so) modest collection of them.
I love color – and one of my favorite things to do with color is combine it.
Last year while working on a project, I had an idea of a look I wanted to get, but wasn’t quite sure how to do it. So…I experimented and settled on a technique that was just what I was looking for. I called it The Mottle Technique.
Here’s a fun and easy way to update or totally transform a project with paint. With just a few complementary colors and a soft sponge brush, you can create a high-end look with only a few simple strokes.
Here’s some of my favorite color combinations and a video tutorial to show you how it’s done:
Yellow, orange and brown – all the colors you’ll find in a bright, sunny sunflower. To give it grounding (and to grab a color from the stems and leaves), I threw in a little green. Here’s the colors I used:
- Craft Smart Expresso
- Apple Barrel Harvest Orange
- Deco Art Americana Festive Green
- Deco Art Americana Bright Yellow
This combination reminds me of the rich colors of jewels, and creates a striking and dramatic combination. This would work well on projects that are a big focal point. Here’s the Rich Jewels paints:
- Deco Art Americana Cranberry Wine
- Deco Art Americana Coffee Bean
- Deco Art Americana Woodland Green
- Deco Art Americana Primary Yellow
Soft and subtle, this is the combination of colors I used for this project. You can use the same combination of colors on any project and depending on how you blend, or the amounts you use of each color, you can get a subtly different look. Dusky Evening colors are:
- Folk Art Teddy Bear Tan
- Craft Smart Corn Silk
- Folk Art Pure Gold
- Craft Smart Stormy Gray
I love this sweet, gentle combination. The pink is a bit stronger than the supporting colors, so it dominates the finished project. You could simply tone it down and brighten the blue or green to emphasize those instead. Gentle Baby colors are:
- Apple Barrel Cloudless
- Deco Art American Sea Glass
- Folk Art Wicker White
- Folk Art Brilliant Pink
This combination reminds me of the crisp and cool colors of the ocean. It’s one of the combinations that are so closely related that it’s almost hard to tell one color from the other when you’re finished and produces a smoother look than any other combination. Beach Dreams is perfect for pieces you want to add definite but subtle color to:
- Deco Art Americana Bleached Sand
- Deco Art Americana Cactus
- Deco Art Americana Baby Blue
- Apple Barrel Granite Gray
Bright and full of energy, the Summer Splash colors remind me of a summer’s sunset. You can easily highlight any color in this collection (as you can see definite streaks of each color), or blend more fully for a more muted effect. This combination makes me want a tall glass of lemonade! Colors include:
- Craft Smart Light Green
- Craft Smart Rosemarie
- Craft Smart Princess Purple
- Waverly Plaster
These collections are some of my favorites, but you can combine most any colors you enjoy and can even work with more or fewer colors.
The technique is simple. Here’s a video to show you how, plus a couple of previous projects using this technique:
What’s your favorite combination? What kinds of projects would you use this technique on?