5 Popular Painting Techniques You Never Heard About

By on August 5, 2014

There is more to painting your walls than just brushing with up and down strokes.

Paint effects are like the action scripts in design software.

They are not essential, but do add that touch of difference that separate a beginner to an expert.

The good thing is that the painters you hired should be well-versed with the common techniques that will achieve your desired design effect.

And if you are going about it yourself, you can easily find classes that can teach you the basics.

Here are just 5 of the popular methods of advanced painting.

1) Combing

The name of this one probably gave it away.

This method concerns dragging a painting tool with comb-like teeth through a top-coat that is still wet.

This creates design patterns that will resemble the comb effect.

The result greatly depends on your ability to estimate when the top coat is at it’s optimal solid-liquid state.

2) Rag Rolling

This technique is about removing or applying colours by using a rag that is bunched-up.

The weave of the rag being used will undoubtedly affect the pattern produced.

Using a wet cloth will help you achieve a softer design.

It is recommended that you get some practice before trying it on the real walls that matter.

3) Spattering

Splattering helps to offset a colour from being too domineering.

It is like dipping your fingers into the paint and flciking them onto the paint area.

This creates a somewhat freckle effect.

More experienced painters would flick the bristles of brushes onto the wall to create that design effect.

The amount of flecks will grealy affect whether the end result is desirable.

4) Sponging

The result of using a sponge to apply paint can be facinating.

Many sponges also have their own embedded designs that leave their mark on the walls.

Take note that the textures will greatly depend on the method of application.

Test out placing designs close together and far apart to see what is the effect that suits your tastes better.

5) Stenciling

This is dabbing paint onto your wall via a plastic stencil that is cut to a design, shape or motif.

You can usually find stencils of various types in stores that sell home design products.

And if you are not able to find a shape that you like, you can easily create your own.

Remember to use paint effects with caution.

An overdose of them can make a home look dirty and amateurish.

That is the exact opposite of what you want to achieve in the first place when you undertook the project.

If all the rooms have an obvious manufactured effect, they are no longer unique and you can get a hangover without even knowing it.



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