This light effect is created by
pressing a light weight plastic bag half filled with rags (tied together by a
knot) on a freshly painted wall. It requires two colours, preferably related
pastel shades and two people working together.
Base coat : Apply a base coat
of thin latex paint with a
light shade of your choice. Use a 4 to 6 inches wide brush. Start with
horizontal strokes from the top of the wall in a specific area and cover with
vertical strokes before the paint dries to give a good finish. Repeat the
process until the whole wall is painted. Allow the base coat to dry.
Dilute the graining paint (latex or
enamel) 50:50, if latex with water and if gloss enamel, with white spirit. A sufficient quantity must always be mixed
to finish a whole wall. Paint on the diluted graining coat, in strips
about 2ft wide, thinly and evenly to cover the base coat. Hold the bag, the knot
nearest to the
palm. Press the bag onto the painted surface, lift and repeat in an adjoining
area, before the paint dries. Overlap the bag
impressions slightly to create the crushed and crinkled impression. Wipe excess
paint off the bag in between.
One person can paint on the graining
coat and the other can do the effect part. When the painter finishes the top
half of the strip of paint the other can immediately start pressing the bag on
the top half while the painter works on the bottom half.