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Types Of Painting Finishes - Part 1

 Types Of Painting Finishes - Part 1

Stippling is a painting effect that's achieved by dabbling a rough brush over a wet layer of paint.  This effect produces a texture that's grainy.  It's ideal for adding some texture to the wall.  There are special brushes that you can purchase to create the stippled effect. 

Lacquering is an effect where the varnish is layered in many coats and is sanded in between coats.  The result is a smooth surface.  This technique is usually used on furniture, but can also be used for walls. 

Dragging is a painting effect that creates thin vertical lines on the walls.  These lines are irregular and add a nice, gentle texture.  The glaze is applied to a dry coat of paint with a dry brush.  The effect is called dragging because you literally drag the glaze with the brush. 

Crackle glaze is an effect that looks like peeling old paint.  It is achieved by applying the crackle glaze between two coats of paint.  When the layers dry, the top layer of paint cracks, showing the layer of paint underneath. 


Antiquing is just what it sounds like - it creates an antique look by rubbing a darker glaze over the existing color.  After the glaze is rubbed off the paint in an uneven way, it creates an aged looking texture.  This technique is used on walls and furniture. 

Craquelure is a technique that produces fine cracks in paint.  This can be done by putting two paints on top of each other with different drying times. 


Ragging paint effect creates a texture of patches and streaks.  This texture can look soft, sharp or dimensional depending on the colors and materials you use.  For a soft look, use two colors similar in tone.  To achieve a sharp texture, use hard rags.  For a dimensional effect, combine two very contrasting colors, like white and blue.  Ragging effects are done by applying a base coat of paint, letting it dry, then putting a second coat of paint over the base and removing it with a rag.  When the rag is dabbed over the second coat of paint, it creates a texture.  You can control how rough or smooth the texture is by applying more or less force.

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