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Paint effects.


There are many different effects that can be accomplished when painting furniture or walls.

These effects will help give your item a very unique and professional look, none of which are difficult to master but will require a little practice in some cases.



Dry Brushing

Dry brushing gives a great distressed and gentle look to any item. Its very easy to do, but with practice, some great effects can be achieved.


To Learn How to Dry Brush You Will Need:




Paper Towel


Paint Brush


 The Brush:


Learning how to dry brush starts with the actual paint brush. A stiff bristle paint brush, no matter the size, will always work best. Look for natural hair brushes if possible.


If you have any paint brushes that are a little hard or stiff from not washing them properly after other DIY projects and paint techniques, then these are perfect for learning how to dry brush.


 The Paint


Almost any paint or stain will work well when learning how to dry brush.


 The Process


Prepare your materials, and have them right next to you as you will need to grab them while the paint is wet. Right next to them lay out your piece of work paper or a sheet of wood to practice on.


Now, dip your stiff bristled paintbrush into the paint, about an inch. If you are using a small paint brush, then only go about 1/8th of the way up the brush bristles. You do not want to soak or saturate the paint brush.


Now, dab the paint brush onto the paper towel to remove some of the paint.


Lightly run your slightly dry paintbrush across the wood surface you are practising on.


Work on how hard you are pressing the wood to achieve the amount and size of streaks you desire. You have now mastered the faux paint technique of dry brushing!





Traditional Ragging


This effect simply gives a lovely textured look to any item or wall.


Step one -

Apply your base paint colour to the walls or item.


Step two -

Pour your secondary, or ragging colour, into a clean paint tray. Cover a rag completely with the paint and squeeze out any excess.


Step three -

Squeeze the rag into a crinkled ball. Dab the rag ball over the item, adding a textured pattern over the base paint. Press the rag onto the surface and twist it as you go along to make a more interesting and detailed textures.





Rag Rolling


Step one -

Paint the item with your chosen base colour and allow to dry.


Step two -

Pour a tinted glaze into a clean, dry paint tray. Use a clean brush to cover the item in glaze.


Step three -

Immediately roll your rag roller over the glaze to remove some of it. This will create the textured, rag look. To achieve a maximum pattern and textured finish, avoid rolling only up and down. Vary your motions horizontally and diagonally.










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