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TECHNIQUES & MORE

WALL FINISHES
In addition to one-colored walls, consider using a faux base (using glaze, plaster, etc.) to stencil on for added visual interest.
Some popular wall finishes are featured below:
Two-tone Ragging
Apply a glaze mix (one color, plus glaze) over a base color. Apply or remove it with a rag.
     
 
Two-tone Frottage
Apply a glaze mix (one color, plus glaze) over a base color with a brush. Remove it with a plastic sheet or bag.
     
 
Two/Three-tone Brush Mix
Randomly apply one or two glaze color mixes (one color, plus glaze) over a base color with a large brush.
Venetian Plaster
Use a spatula to randomly apply a thin layer of plaster on about 60-70% of the surface. One dry, slightly sand the surface, then apply the second layer and make sure the entire surface is covered. The same Venetian plaster color can be used for both layers for a subtle effect or slightly different for more contrast. Once completely dry, consider using a large spatula to randomly drag across the surface for a shiny, marble-like effect.
Crackle
First apply a crackle medium over a base color using a large brush or roller. Once dry, apply the top color. For a more dramatic effect, use contrasting color (red and yellow in sample).
Dragging
Apply a glaze mix (one color, plus glaze) over a base color using a large brush. Apply it in a systematic way (vertically, horizontally, etc.)