Step 2: Thin Acrylic Craft Paint with Water

paint being mixed with water in a bowl
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Carter chose acrylic craft paint for the branches and leaves because it delivers good color intensity and he needed only small quantities. Then he thinned it 4-to-1 with water to achieve a soft, semitranslucent line. "You want it sort of sheer so that you don't get a solid brushstroke," he explains.

Paint Palette
Starting with walls painted Benjamin Moore's Woodlawn Blue, decorative painter Brian Carter chose two tones of FolkArt's acrylic craft paint for the branches: Barn Wood for the twigs and Metallic Pure Gold for the leaves.
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    Tools List

    • artist's brush
      Small, Round Artist's Brush
      (No. 795)
    • abrasive sponge
      A Sponge

    Shopping List

    1. Large Piece of Foam Board

    2. Painter's Tape

    3. Two Tones of Acrylic Craft Paint Brian used Barn Wood for the twigs and Metallic Pure Gold for the leaves, both from FolkArt

    4. Chalk