Color Washing | Ragging | Antiquing | Sponge Painting
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Color wash faux finishing . . .
can be achieved using a brush, sponge or rag, depending on the quality of the surface being worked on and the required quality of the finished texture. As it’s one of the simplest decorative techniques, it’s commonly used for large areas, even complete interiors. Although you can use vibrant colors, this technique is usually chosen when a very soft, subtle finish with low contrast is desired. The more colors used, or the less contrast between base coat and top color, the more soft and subtle the effect.
Ragging faux finishing . . .
in a sense is self-explanatory – it’s the use of rags to apply and manipulate paint on a surface. However, depending on the type of fabric used and just how it’s used, a wide variety of finished effects can be achieved. A common technique is rag rolling where the fabric is formed into a ball or a sausage like shape and then rolled across the wall. Depending on the fabric quality and the number of colors used, this alone can produce very different textures and appearances. Ragging can also be used as the basis for more complex finishes such as marbling and other stone finishes.
Antiquing faux finishing . . .
is the application of a tinted glaze to give the appearance of aging and dirt. While it might sound rather unsavory, the effect can provide character and warmth to an otherwise bland surface. This technique can be a useful way of warming up a room and disguising minor imperfections as an alternative to applying a new base coat. And depending on how the glaze or paint is applied, it can produce a similar effect to colorwashing. Although any darker color can be used depending on the effect you wish to create, for an aged antiquing effect, dark brown or black tend to be the most commonly used colors. A similar technique can also be used to add a contrasting color as a highlight.
Sponge faux finishing . . .
has acquired a poor reputation, largely, I suspect, because of some of the rather crude examples featured by many “do-it-yourself” books. In reality, the use of sponges is very common when color washing on textured drywall or when seeking to achieve a soft stone appearance. The fact that the finishes don’t look like they’ve been painted with a sponge is because of the way the sponge is manipulated across the surface. Of course, the appearance of an obviously sponged effect can work in certain situations, particularly where you want hints of metallic.
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