THE PAINT TECHNIQUES
Here are some of the effects of the
paints that one can create apart from the flat surface, but one should be
aware of the effect, one desire to create.
Color washing is among the group of finishes that have
their beginnings in fine are, they are often known as broken-color
technique. Specifically, it involves the application of thin washes of glaze
in which the brush marks are left apparent to give the finish texture and
depth. It provides an interesting alternative to flat color and can be used
to decorate period or modern, town or country interiors.
Sponging is a modern broken-color technique. Natural
sponge, moistened with water or soaked in glaze and used over the opaque
base coat to produce a softly mottled effect-either by removing or adding
color. Usage of sea sponge creates more interesting textures that normal
Traditionally stippling entails the reworking of newly
applied paint to create a finely textured, matt finish. A well prepared
surface is essential and a steady hand. An elegant effect which adds subtle
ageing to a room, it looks good on wood paneling, furniture and frames.
In this technique, the brush is kept relatively dry as
glaze is applied lightly over a base coat to create a cloudy effect. It can
be subtle if applied in soft tones with soft strokes or bold if you use hard
bristled brushes and strong colors. An easy way to give texture to modern
interiors, it is also used to create an aged finish for period settings. It
is ideal for highlighting architectural mouldings and because it is
extremely resilient, for furniture.
The word Mediterranean gives us an impact of
wonderful chalky colors of sun baked, painted house. It gives a very country
look kind of the atmosphere. Random brushing and hard rubbing create the
characteristic roughness and depth of tone. It can be used on a variety of
surface but is natural suited to uneven plaster and textured surfaces.
There are many different ways to texture paints. The
obvious advantage of texturing is that it is a wonderful disguise for
imperfect wall. But it can bring character to any surface, or a tough finish
to a garden room or exterior wall.
Paint finishes on wood can be as authentic and
fantastic as you wish. Color is the determining factor but with today's wide
choice of colors, the scope for experiment is enormous. Paint effects can
also 'age' new wood quickly. This is an important period setting, where new
wood is often ill at ease. Stairs, handrails, floors and frames can also be
aged to add a period feel to any home.
Borders are nowadays becoming very common and people are
having a keen interest in them. Painted borders are a neglected way of
bringing additional interest to wall surfaces. Borders painted by hand are
essentially individual .One can choose color and patterns one wants and can
make them as simple or as complex.
Thus paint effects are a wonderful way to express your character and that
of your home and the people who live with you. So go wild with you sponges,
spatter, stipple and rub down to your heart's content. And when you will
rest from your labours, you will find that you have created something that
simply can't be found in a pot or plain emulsion paint.