Paint is an inexpensive way to add color and personality to your walls. Some techniques can create a striking appearance or a visual illusion.


When you want a finished effect that involves a variation of colors, ragging can be an effective technique to try. This process is also inexpensive; all you will need is a drop cloth, tape, tray, and roller. Of course, you will also need a lint-free rag or cheesecloth. The surface will require a standard matte finish as the base, a second matte color, and a latex glaze. Depending on the desired result, you can either use a lighter base color and a darker glaze or vice-versa.

After applying the base color to the wall, allow it to dry completely. Prepare the mixture for the next coat by mixing one gallon of glaze with one quart of the second matte paint. Moisten the rag slightly, then wad the rag into a loose ball in your hand, and dip it into the mixture. Dab the rag onto the wall randomly to begin adding color. You can add as much or as little as you wish. Continue to reload the rag with more paint until you have covered the entire wall. Stand back to assess the entire wall to ensure you applied the glaze evenly.

Dry Brushing

Dry brushing is another simple technique that can provide extraordinary results. For this technique, you will need; three 2.5-inch brushes, a base coat, and three complimentary hues.

Apply the base coat to the wall, and allow it to dry. Choose one complimentary hue, and load the tip of one brush. Make a 12-inch-long stroke onto the wall at a 45-degree angle. Make a second stroke of the same length, this time, at the opposite 45-degree angle to crisscross the strokes. This process will make a herringbone pattern. Continue stroking the paint in this pattern while working in small sections at a time. Repeat the same process using the other two hues to finish.

Sponging Off

This method is an easy way to create a variegated appearance on a wall. You will need the standard supplies, as well as a base color, a complimentary color, glaze, extender, and a sea foam sponge.

Prepare the surface in the same way you would when ragging or dry brushing. Combine the complimentary hue, the glaze, and the extender. Use a roller to apply this mixture to the wall. Use the damp sponge to remove some of the glaze from the surface while the paint is still fresh. Continue working in small sections, applying the glaze with the roller and sponging a portion of it off with the sponge. Periodically, step back to ensure that you are creating a uniform appearance.

Art Ezine Source by Andrew Stratton

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