DCoration is a method of painting in which the base colour is diluted with a coloured top coat, usually to imitate a transparent finish. This process has many advantages over other types of painting and the end results are far superior to acrylics and oil paints. The main advantage of this is that it can be used with practically any oil or acrylic paint. It is also ideal for blending colours to create a more organic look.
As the name indicates, DCoration is a way of painting in which the finish is applied on the top layer of the paint. The technique was first developed by the French in the 1800’s, but it was later adopted by the Americans. The first step in the process is to add the colouring agent to the ‘clear’ layer of the paint. The resulting colour will be barely discernable.
There are many ways in which to use this technique. One of the simplest is to use it to ‘stain’ an object, for example, a desk. Another popular way is to apply a coloured tint to something such as a fence. There are even those who use DCoration to create a reflective finish on silver and gold pieces of art work. It is usually applied to give a glow to a piece of jewellery.
It is normally applied with a brush, using the inside part of the brush, so as to not damage the paint. The finish is usually very streaky and can last for weeks, months or even years. When this occurs, it is often necessary to touch up the finished piece. If you do not have a steady hand, you could try painting in the same place by using a roller or pad, so that there are no streaks when you apply the final coat.
This technique is best applied to plain painted objects. However, it is sometimes used to create highlights on the surface of items, for example, a photograph. In this case, it is usually necessary to use a different medium, such as acrylic paint. Other artists use this technique more often, so that they can complete their paintings with different colours, effects and thicknesses of paint, which they can then blend together to produce the desired effect.
One of the most well-known DCoration techniques is called ‘dry-brushing’. This means that the artist uses a brush to lightly brush paint out details from the canvas. The brush is not totally immersed in the paint, so does not pass over it. Instead, the brush passes across a flat plain. This allows the artist to create a wide variety of effects, based on how the brush strokes the colouring. This technique is often used to create shadows and light areas on the surface of the painting.
One of the most unusual uses of DCoration is to create ‘distractions’. In this technique, a brush stroke is used to create a border around an image, so as to create a different dimension to the subject. For instance, if a portrait is to be painted of an animal, then this border could be created around the portrait. In the same way, if a painting is to be used to emphasise a landscape or to suggest a seascape, then this technique can be applied. It is usually done using acrylic paints, as there is little danger of bleeding or smearing. The results are often fascinating, with the brush seemingly existing within the painted area itself.
Some people use their skills to paint more than one subject. In this case, all the subjects may need to be dry-brushed before painting the last one. This makes the process even more exciting, as each subject gets to act as a character in the painting. Some of the most famous examples of this technique include Warhol’s portraits of the pop stars of the nineteen eighties, which showed a different image for each day.