I shared this hand painted dresser last week and, as promised, I’m now sharing more detail on the hand painted design. First of all, I’m always asked if my hand painted designs are stencils. No, they are hand painted. I know that will immediately lose some folks when I say that, because a lot of people don’t feel comfortable with hand painting. I get that. The kind of hand painting I do is simple strokes, repeated over and over again until it makes an overall design.
When you see it up close, you can see how simple and even a little messy it is. I have learned that the less I overthink it, the better it looks.
I always start out by chalking out the rough design. That way, I know the design is going to look the way I want it to before I put a drop of paint on it. If the chalk doesn’t look good, I can wipe it with a wet cloth and start again.
If you’re nervous about hand painting, chalking out a design is a great place to start. You could also try using a design on a fabric and transfer it to the piece with carbon paper. Another technique is to trace a stencil with chalk, so you get help with the drawing part, but still get a hand painted look.
I’ll make some tutorials on hand painting, but until then, you can watch me work and hopefully that will give you an idea how I created this design.
This piece is painted in Mora, one of the new MMSMP European Colours and the decorative painting was done in Linen with a few highlights of Ironstone. (The trick to hand painting with milk paint is mixing it a little thicker than usual or letting it sit overnight, so it can thicken.)
More on hand painting to come…