Decorative Techniques



Stippling achieves more subtle results than rag rolling or sponging, and the finished look can be best described as suede-like.

What you need:

  • Solid base coat paint
  • Different color topcoat paint or wash
  • Large soft-bristled brush
  • Paint brush and roller

How to do it:

Step 1:
The process starts with the solid base coat, which can be either a light or dark tone.

Step 2:
After the base coat dries, the painter begins working from one side of the wall to the other, applying a different color topcoat (either paint or a wash) in 12" wide strips from ceiling to floor.

Step 3:
Working quickly before the paint begins to set, the painter stabs at the wet paint with a large soft-bristled brush, removing dots of paint. To keep the brush absorbent, the painter should periodically blot the excess paint from the stippling brush. This process breaks up the wall color into a mass of very small dots, which lends richness to the finish.

Usually stippling involves just two topcoat colors of paint or wash. Additional colors can be incorporated into the color scheme by stippling the paint or wash on, rather than off. To do so, simply stab later colors on with a soft-bristled brush.

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