Smoosh and Moosh Notes and Useful links!
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Now for your Painting Notes:
- Prepping and Cleaning easily and thoroughly
- storing your paint
- Blending side to side vs. blending through the layers
- Why start with a contrasting color?
- Why smoosh instead of stroke?
- lots and lots of brushes!
- paper towels or microfiber cloths
- bucket of water
- Scotch-Brite sander or sanding block
Choosing your look
Decide if you are going for a striking contrast or if you want a smooth blend
Choosing your colors.
Even if you want a striking contrast you may not want to go completely across the color wheel. Blending yellow and purple or red and green is not the easiest. If you do want that kind of color combo, add one of the colors as your base coat so that it can pop through at the end.
You can achieve a high contrast within the same hue by selecting different intensities of color.
If you are just starting out with blending it might be easier to choose colors closer to each other in value and hue.
Choosing Your Brushes
Experiment with a wide variety of brushes and have plenty on hand. The more brushes you have the easier this process will be. Cleanup, on the other hand, is always a bear.
A dense yet soft brush is best for this effect. I also prefer shorter bristles but this is a personal preference. I adore how the daydream brushes blend but I started out with inexpensive shortie brushes from Home Depot.
Keep in mind that this is a pretty violent brush effect and your brushes will suffer over time. This is also why I don’t use natural bristles. They just don’t hold up over time.
Get Your Basecoat On
This is where I like to put my contrasting color but I also use this layer to “Audition” my color combos.
Ideally, let your based coat dry at least 24 hours. Why? because dry does not mean cured. Daydream paints are made to reconstitute so applying a wet paint layer on a freshly dried layer and smooshing and mooshing may pull up your base layer if you are not careful.
Apply Your Colors
If you are just starting out I am going to suggest staying in one small area on the color wheel. Blending across the color wheel can be tricky. Have you tried blending purple and yellow?
You can even just pick your favorite color and white to practice this effect.
If you want a contrasting look use your contrast color as your base layer and then let it pop through at the end.
The key to this effect is to use soft, dense, brushes and lots of them. The more clean brushes you have on hand the more you can blend with abandon.
I love working with the Daydream Apothecary brushes because they are soft AND synthetic. Natural brushes tend to break with the amount of abuse they get in this technique.
When I started this style I actually used cheap shortie brushes from the Home Depot which worked great and I didn’t have to mourn them too much after i killed them.
Its basically the name of the class-Schmootsh and Moosh. We are not painting in strokes in order to blend. We are blending in circular motions and stippling. This is what is going to help you achieve a natural blend that is almost ethereal without being too perfect.
This technique allows a lot of room for a learning curve which is why it is my favorite.
The key is to use as little paint as possible and small mists of water. Take what I show you in the class and just keep practicing over and over again till you get it how you like it. There is no right or wrong.
Once you get the blend to your liking you can gentry sand with a fine-grit sandpaper or scotchbrite pad to additionally blend the layers into one another.
if you want to reveal any of your base layers for a pop of color this is your chance.
You can also use a damp rag to gently work through your layers to reveal additional colors.
You can use furniture wax or your favorite acrylic sealant. Because Day dream colors reconstitute you DO need to add a topcoat.
I sure hope you have had fun with me today and learned a few tips and tricks to help you on your creative journey.
Feel free to reach out with any questions that you may have!