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Fernando Lachica 10:32 PM
Bring your decorating dreams to life using fake paint effects throughout the home. Whether it’s gilded bedhead, inlaid stone floor or a Greek-style balcony with sea views – the most luxurious features can be yours with the following techniques.
Color-washing. This technique is quick to apply and, depending on the colors you use, enormously versatile. In stone, gray and mauve it can create a casual, contemporary look, while in terracotta and earth tones it will give a room, a rural farmhouse feel. A dark green color wash makes a good backdrop for antique mahogany furniture, and deep reds give a Chinese look to a room.
Depending on your choice of color you can either deepen or lighten the effect by double color-washing, and the greater the contrast between the colors the more distinct the distance of three-dimensional effect. You can also color wash two different colors side by side – this would be appropriate if you were painting an evening sky, for example, where you might juxtapose yellow, pink, orange and dark blue glazes.
1) Apply the glaze using a large brush, working in all directions over the area. Work on one section at a time, otherwise the glaze may dry out too much before you have time to finish the treatment. When the glaze is slightly tacky, wipe over the wall with a soft cloth scrunched up into a pad with a smooth surface. Wipe in all directions, exposing the base coat without removing the glaze altogether, until all brush marks are obliterated. As the surface of the cloth becomes saturated, re-form the pad and eventually replace the cloth altogether.
2) For double color-washing, leave the first coat to dry, then apply a second color in the same way.
3) Keep working until the glaze looks soft and evenly distributed. For an extra cloudy finish, surface with the action of a pendulum, rather as if you were flicking face powder over the skin.
Cloth Imprints. Ragging requires any specialist equipment, and the technique is: glaze is applied and then manipulated with a dabbing movement. It is usually done with a bunched cotton cloth, but bunched newspaper or even plastic bags can be used. It produces a lively, irregular texture.
1) Apply a glaze liberally and evenly over the base coat and draw your brush over the surface in a basket-weave or criss-cross pattern. This will achieve an even-textured coverage ready for ragging.
2) For a really well defined effect, you can, if you choose, stipple the glaze at this point.
3) Bunch up a cotton rag and dab it onto the glaze. Do not rub or smudge it. Lift it off cleanly leaving the imprint of the rag. After about a dozen dabs, reform the cloth so it does not become saturated with the glaze. When the rag is completely wet, replace it with a new one. To rag a complete room, you can expect to use up several old sheets. If you are ragging a large area in sections, leave an unworked area to which you can add the next section of glaze.
There are other techniques which you can utilize for decorative painting; Sponging, Stippling, Dragging and Flogging, Mutton Clothing, Cutting and using Stencils. While most paint effects are easy to master, mural painting presents more of a challenge. Inspire your creativeness through decorative painting for your home.
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