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I’ve been working on a few DIY projects and yesterday, while painting wood for a project, I wondered if you all know how easy it is to create a color washed effect on wood. This idea is so simple that I almost didn’t share it here but if you haven’t ever color washed wood, I don’t want you to miss out on this easy paint technique. It’s a really great way to get a completely different look.
Creating a color washed effect is very simple and doesn’t require any special supplies.
Supplies for Creating a Color Washed Effect
Because this technique doesn’t require a lot of paint, if you’re doing a small surface, a small container of craft paint is more than enough.
How to Create a Color Washed Effect with Paint
Using the thick paint brush or foam brush, dab paint onto the wood, spacing the dabs out a bit.
Wet the paint brush well with clean water and brush over the paint dabs and the wood, wetting the brush as needed until the board is covered with color. You can alter how dark or light the washed paint is by the amount of water you use.
If the paint gets too watered down, just add more dabs of paint and continue with the technique, blending the colors together with more water.
Apply as much or as little water as you need to get the washed effect you want.
You can also wipe the board down with a paper towel to get rid of excess water and paint and to remove any bubbles that occur on the surface of the wood.
Let the wood dry completely and cover with a protective coating, if desired.
This color wash is a super simple paint technique but I love the final washed look and the way the grain of the wood continues to show through it.
Have you ever tried a color washed effect?