Color washing

Color washing

Color washing

Evoke the
feel of a centuries-old Italian palazzo
with this rough-luxe look. The effect
suits walls that already have imperfections, making a virtue of them.

Start by
applying two base coats
of non-absorbent acrylic eggshell using a roller and
leave to dry overnight. Next, mix up a glaze that is a few shades deeper than
the base color: for a translucent wash, combine the same paint used previously
with a darker artists’ acrylic and scumble glaze. For a more opaque look,
simply water down matt emulsion. To apply, use a large, soft brush: starting
from one corner, work your way across the wall in a criss-crossing motion,
maintaining a \”wet edge\” as you go so that the paint spreads easily
and doesn\’t leave brush marks. Rub off areas with a sponge or muslin – the more
randomly, the better – to allow the base coat to show through. This process
should be quick; aim to paint a room in a day. You can leave it like this or,
for durability, finish with a coat of clear acrylic varnish.



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