Painting is the simplest way to add dimension and texture
to your old tired looking walls and revive them with new
character. There are lots of interesting ways to add color
to your walls and glazing is a popular technique often
used by professional decorators.
The natural beauty of any color is greatly enhanced when
you use glazes to build more layers on your wall. The more
layers there are to reflect your light the more intensely
the color will develop.
Always wear disposable gloves when working with glazes and
be aware of your rooms ventilation.
After your walls have been base coated, apply your glaze
working left to right in a two or three foot wide vertical
area. Starting at the top of the wall and working downward
in this way will help the glaze to blend with your new
coat while it is still wet. Using a partner can be
especially handy. One person rolls on the glaze while the
other person follows up with the finished ragging or
Ragging is a painting technique that can be done in a
variety of different ways. Linen or cotton rags make good
rags but knit fabrics can provide an unusual look as well.
Experiment with different rag fabrics, wadded plastic
sacks turned inside out or even cheesecloth until you find
the ragging pattern right for you.
You will be using rags to apply diluted paint and glaze to
a wall or to texture glaze that is being newly placed on a
wall. The harder you press your rag on the surface of new
glaze the more glaze it will remove. Be sure and work in a
random pattern and change the hold on your rag often to
avoid a pronounced repetition in your method.
This technique produces a soft finish and is obtained
using a very thin glaze. Color Washing is effective with
both water and oil based paints and are a great way to
cover up blemishes in your walls. You will want to choose
colors that are very similar in tone. You are trying to
build up many translucent layers to create depth and
interest. First apply the glaze with a roller and lightly
brush the walls with a wide soft bristle brush stroke. Try
not to leave any brush hair lines. The glaze may dry
quickly and make blending difficult, in that case use a
acrylic paint retarded to slow down the drying time and
give you time to work.
Using a large household sponge or a sea sponge you can
sponge like a professional painter in a short amount of
time. If the household sponge is to precise in the sponged
look, use scissors to cut out pieces of the sponge to
round off the corners and create a imperfect look. You can
use a up and down bouncing method to apply your glaze or
diluted paint to a wall or wipe the edge of the sponge
across the surface in short random brush strokes. If
applying glaze, start with a moistened sponge and wring it
out as the paint builds up.
Dragging a comb through your wall glaze can create an
interesting patina. You can pull the teeth of the comb
through in a wavy pattern or in a straight line to
simulate wood grains or basket weaving. Combing techniques
require a steady hand that can continuously produce a