Ombre Painting Technique

How to perfect the ombre technique

The technique used to create an ombre effect on walls is an easy DIY project that will bring a unique edge to any living space. All you need is Art-FX-Scumble-Glaze combined with Elegance Matt or Elegance Silk, a few painting tools and a touch of patience. Follow these few steps and create the perfect feature wall with a light to dark transition.

Art-FX-Scumble-Glaze is a water-based, transparent non-yellowing acrylic medium for facilitating various paint techniques. It slows down the drying time of other materials making it easy to blend and create the perfect colour effect. Art-FX-Scumble-Glaze needs to be mixed with Elegant Matt/Silk in a 1:4 ratio.

Elegance Silk is a high-quality, environmentally-friendly interior and exterior wall coating, designed and formulated using quality raw materials to combat South Africa’s extreme climatic conditions. Elegance Silk gives a great gloss effect, whereas Elegance Matt will mute the colours for a soft, industrial feel.

Once you have determined what look you would like to go for you then need to determine the size of the wall you wish to paint. Calculate how much of each product you will need using a 1:4 ratio mixture. One part Scumble-Glaze and three parts Elegance.

Paintcor ombre
You will also be needing: Measuring tape Paint roller Two paint brushes of different sizes Sponge

  • Once you have chosen your colour, buy the darkest shade that will be on your wall. You need to also buy white paint, as this will be used to make your chosen colour lighter. You will still need white paint if your ombre style consists of more than one colour, however, more than 2 colours are not recommended for a smooth, subtle transition.

  • Paint the first layer of the wall white for a clean, fresh start and wait for the paint to dry completely before carrying on.

  • Horizontally divide your wall into three equal strips and mark it lightly with a pencil.

  • Divide your darkest colour into 3 containers and mix enough white into 2 of the three containers to make the colours lighter. It is better to add too little rather than too much white, so work carefully to create an even gradient. Keep enough white paint aside for touch-ups and further blending.

  • Using a paint roller, start from the bottom and work your way to the top. Paint the bottom section with the darkest colour, the middle section with the next shade and the top section with the lightest shade. Make sure that that your roller is clean enough to not leave traces of dark paint onto your light section.

  • Use your larger brush and dip half of it into the darkest shade and the other half into the second darkest shade. Working from left to right, start painting the line where the first two shades meet. You can press the paintbrush down against the line to make sure both colours are distributed easily. Do the same with the top line using the respective colours on the brush.

  • Using your smaller brush, start blending the line strips done in the previous step by using long, stroking motions, about 15cms above and below the division lines.

  • Once your blending techniques start coming together you can start using your sponge. You will need at least 3 pieces of sponge; if a sponge is dirty with the wrong shade it could ruin the smooth blend. Using whichever shade of paint is necessary, make light, dabbing motions onto the area of the wall where further blending is needed. This process may take a lot of back and forth working, but the end product will be perfect in no time.

    For your convenience, you can find an individual product calculator under each individual product page on the Paintcor website. You can also find description and application PDF’s on each product to help you go in depth to ensure perfect product application.

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