Ragging: Quick & Simple Technique
Article from Gliddenpaints.com
rolling is a quick and simple texturing technique. The objective
is to simulate the appearance of old walls -- walls with memories
and wonderful secrets. The method is to distress the wall surface
by using twisted, lint-free cloth to work and remove the paint or
glaze. The end result is like a stunning old leather purse. It can
be achieved by using subtle color combinations (the glaze coat,
a few tones darker than the base color), pale tones over a darker
base color or by using contrasting equally bright colors. I suggest
that you experiment with color combinations and a variety of different
"rags." Traditionally, lint-free rags are used but you
might also like the look acquired by using crumbled brown paper
bags, woven cloth, bunched up plastic wrap, paper towels and even
1: Assemble your tools -- gloves, safety glasses and protective
clothing, a roller, tray, lots of rags, satin or semi-gloss base
paint, glaze and paint to mix with the glaze for your top coat.
2: Paint your walls with the base color and allow them to dry.
3: Prepare your second (glaze) coat by mixing one part of your second
color paint with four parts of glaze. Place approximately two cups
of the prepared glaze in a tray. Dip tightly twisted rags (or bunched
up bags) into the glaze and remove excess.
Step 4: Quickly dab the rag over the base color, changing hand positions
frequently so as to avoid a patterned effect. Be sure to change
rags often. Once it becomes saturated with glaze, (about a dozen
dabs will do it), the rag is no longer able to do its job.