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Floating is a technique commonly used by artists to provide a quick and easy graduated
shading (or highlighting) to a project that gives it the look of having depth and dimension.
It is one painting technique all serious woodcrafters should master.

Floating is created by a single stroke of a wide or angled brush loaded on one side with
water, and on the other side with color. Floating is accomplished as follows:

        1. Dip your brush in water than touch one side to a paper towel to remove the excess
          water--just enough to remove the shine on your brush.

        2. Load half of your brush with paint (the long side of an angled brush).

        3. Stroke back and forth on a palette or paper plate until the paint blends into the
          water across the brush - dark to light.

        4. Line the dark side of the loaded brush up where you want more color then stroke
          the entire face of the brush across the project.

Note: Most Winfield patterns identify areas to be floated and suggest float paint colors.

To view this technique consider purchasing our "Paint Like a Pro" DVD.