Color Blending on a Cowboy Boot Door Hanger
Hey guys! I wanted to jump on here and write a quick post about this painted Cowboy Boot Door Hanger! It’s one of my newest door hanger templates and I recently painted it live on my Facebook account. How cute would this be on the wall of a cowgirl-style baby nursery, or a western-themed bedroom for a teen girl?
I also wanted to share this one here because I did a lot of blending to create custom colors for this project. I had some specific paint colors in mind but didn’t have quite the right shades. So I just blended them myself and played with the different paints until they were perfect. Definitely don’t be afraid to try mixing your own colors!
I hope that inspires you to try more custom blending of your colors. And if you want all of the details of how I painted my cowboy boot, make sure you check out my full video tutorial from the original facebook live!
- Large Flat Tip Paint Brush
- Small Round Tip Brush
- UNI Posca Paint Pens
- Hair Dryer
- Cowboy Boot with Flowers – Door Hanger Blank
- -OR- Cowboy Boot with Flowers – Printable Template and Digital Cut File
- Light Buttermilk
- Titanium White
- Dark Chocolate
- Honey Brown
- Cotton Candy
- Peony Pink
- Watermelon Slice
- Hauser Light Green
- Peacock Teal
- Bright Blue
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Starting with a Door Hanger Blank for the Cowboy Boot
I started with the door hanger blank of the cowboy boot and added the background color. I did a basecoat where I mixed the darker Chocolate brown and the lighter Honey Brown (maybe 2 parts chocolate and 1 part honey brown). Then I mixed the two with the Light Buttermilk to get a creamy version for the bottom of the boot.
I always like to start with a flat, wide paintbrush for my background colors. It helps me paint long, smooth strokes to minimize the brush strokes. I did switch to a smaller brush once I was painting around the smaller details.
TIP: You don’t have to always worry about keeping your background colors neatly painted around the small details! I went ahead and covered up my scrolls on the boot with the base brown color. And I had no trouble covering it with my turquoise Peacock Teal color later! It just needed a second coat.
Blending Paint Colors for an Ombre Effect
The next blending I did was for the flowers. Staring with my Bright Blue, I mixed in some Peacock Teal with just a touch of Black to make a darker turquoise.
For my favorite part – the big flower – I knew I wanted to paint an ombre style. So I started with the middle pink color (the Cotton Candy). Next was the darker color (Watermelon Slice) around the outside. And finished by blending the lightest color, Peony Pink, into the center.
TIP: Work quickly while your paint is still wet and feather the colors together to blend them.
Finally, don’t forget to finish with your details, and the highlights and accents.I’ve really been liking the UNI Posca paint pens to make adding the final touches so easy. First outline everything in black with a whimsical, swirly touch. Then grab the white pen and repeat the process with some extra little details.
TIP: Just remember that there’s no need for perfection. Painting should be fun – don’t stress too much!
Finishing Up the Cowboy Boot Door Hanger
I hope that inspires you to try more custom blending of your colors. And if you want all of the details of each step when I painted my own cowboy boot, make sure you check out my full video tutorial from the original facebook live!Plus catch up on all the chatting we did about wearing cowboy boots – I think I’m inspired to finally get some for myself!
During the live, I also mentioned my brand new template club that was still in the final planning stages. Well, it’s now open to everyone! For one low monthly price, you can join to get early access to all of the brand new templates for the month in a big bundle. So you get first dibs on the templates and a great discount, all wrapped up in one easy monthly membership!
Check Out the Video Tutorial
Are you ready to DIY this cowboy boot door hanger yourself? Head over to find the ready-to-paint blank or the printable template and digital cut file right in my shop. (Not sure which one you need? Take a look at this blog post where I explain the differences!)
Or, if you love this Western cowgirl style, but don’t have time to paint one yourself, you can also buy one that I’ve already painted! It will be shipped right to your front door, ready to hang up on your porch!
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