How to Faux Paint by Rag Rolling

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Rag rolling is an easy way to achieve a soft, textured effect on a wall. It's also a good project for a first-time faux painter.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-foot-square Rags
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Drop Cloths
  • Glazes
  • Roller Trays
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Buckets
  • Ladders
  • Paint the wall with a solid color. This will be your background color.

  • Select an acrylic paint color that contrasts nicely with your background color.

  • Prepare and tint a glaze with the acrylic paint you've chosen to create your desired glaze color.

  • Pour the tinted glaze into a roller tray.

  • Immerse a 2-foot-square rag into the glaze and wring it out.

  • Bunch up the rag in your hand and tuck in the edges.

  • Hold the rag with a loose grip and press it lightly to the wall.

  • Lift the rag and press it lightly to an adjacent spot on the wall.

  • Twist your wrist from left to right as you dab the rag on the wall.

  • Repeat steps 5 through 9 until the surface of the wall is covered.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid turning the rag while it's on the wall, unless you like a smeared effect.
  • Use a glaze specifically designed for faux finishes - it gives a sense of translucence and depth to the wall. Flat paint just looks flat.
  • Refold your rag every once in a while for a more random texture.
  • Have adequate ventilation while you're painting and while paint is drying.
  • Use caution when working on a ladder. Make sure it's stable before climbing on.
  • Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands and to make washing up easier.

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