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Fun Painting Techniques
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Painting is one of the easiest ways to bring decorative and creative
finishes to your walls and ceilings. There are many painting
techniques that can be used to create a unique finish. By simply
using paints, tools and a little imagination, homeowners can bring
an exciting look to their home, with decorative textures and
Before beginning any painting technique, it is important to know a
little bit about “broken color.” Basically, “broken color” is a
phrase used to describe the task of combining colors to get what you
want. It is also referred to as a painting technique in which you
layer more than one color over a separate base coat to create
texture. Broken color techniques work well with both glazes and
Color washing, rag rolling, feathering, sponging, pouncing,
dragging, and paneling are just a few techniques commonly used.
Below are tips on how some of these techniques work.
Color Washing: Creates the appearance of suspended color. It can be
soft or striking. An acrylic glaze method can be used or oil based
glazing method. Color washing requires you to use a large brush and
apply glaze in irregular sections over a dampened wall. You may also
use a sponge for this technique. Once finished, it is recommended to
apply a protective varnish coat.
Rag Rolling: Creates a decorative rag effect. Begin by selecting a
base coat that is a bit darker than the color you plan to achieve.
You will then need to mix the base coat with a white paint, making
sure that they have identical sheens. Next, take your rag and
saturate it entirely with your mixed color. Pull the rag out and get
rid of any excess paint that may be dripping off of the rag. Ball
the rag up into your hand and start applying it to your walls. Be as
creative as you want.
Feathering: Creates a unique plume texture. Start by using a feather
duster to apply a top coat over your base coat. Make sure it is a
slightly different color than your base paint. Apply top coat very
lightly by dipping feather duster into paint and brushing it on. You
can apply it anyway you'd like and use as much or as little paint as
you want. Adding a third of fourth color is also an option.
Sponging: Like rag rolling, sponging produces unique subtle or bold
texture effects. It is recommended not to use glazes, but rather a
latex paint. For best results, use three separate colors, one base
coat and two sponge colors. Begin by applying a base coat with the
sheen of your choice. Next you will need two separate paint roller
trays. Place first sponge color in one tray and the second sponge
color in the second tray. Dap the sponge lightly into the first
color and remove excess paint on a newspaper lay out. Cover entire
wall with light sponge daps, twisting your wrist to create unique
texture. Repeat this step with the second sponge color.
Pouncing: It is the same technique as stippling. Used to blend and
soften colors to create fake pattern finishes that are usually
suede-like. It is suggested to use an eggshell sheen for all
surfaces that will undergo a pouncing technique. The base coat can
be a dark or light tone. Once the base coat dries, begin applying
12' wide strips of paint with a top coat color, from ceiling to
floor. During this process, take a soft bristled brush and dab at
the wet paint, removing dots. Make sure to blot excess paint. You
will most likely need two top coats, and additional colors are