How to Faux Paint by Rag Rolling How to Faux Paint by Rag Rolling

What You'll Need
Base paint color, eggshell or satin sheen (optional)
Contrasting Paint color, semi-gloss
Water based Glaze
Stack of old T-shirts or T-shirt rags
Latex gloves
Painter's tape
Drop cloth

Rag rolling is a fun, faux paint technique, that can be done by the entire family. Using simple materials and 2 contrasting tones of paint, the effect can be as subtle or dramatic as you want, while still being economical. It is important before you begin, to take a few pieces of construction a paper, and a stack of T-shirt rags, to experiment with folds. The rag can be folded in numerous ways, to achieve different types of techniques. The simplest fold will be described here, but many complex folds can be achieved with a bit of creativity and experimentation. Remember to have fun. Ragging is very free spirited, and should look randomized. Over-thinking the process can lead to sub-par results.

Step 1 - Prepare the Room

Cover all furniture, lay the drop cloth, put on clothes which can get permanently stained and wear disposable gloves. Be sure to cover your hair as well, especially if working with children. If the base color on the wall is going to remain the same, proceed to step 2. If not, completely paint the wall with 2 coats of the new base color, and allow to completely dry.

Step 2 - Mix the Glaze

Mix the contrasting color and the glaze in a 1 to 1 ratio, to make the ragging paint. Apply painter's tape to any areas which shouldn't be painted, with special attention paid to the corners. Be sure to make the tape at least 4 inches wide, to avoid smudging.

Step 3 - Ragging the Walls

Fold the T-shirt rag in half. Hold the rag by the edges in both hands. Keep the left hand firmly grasping the rag, and twist the right hand clockwise, to produce the look of a twisted rope. While still twisted, submerge the rag in the glazed paint. Quickly remove--you do not want the rag saturated--and roll the glazed rag back and forth on the wall. Be sure the rag stays twisted. You are rolling the rag back and forth to add texture to the paint. Roll in different directions over the same area, until the desired effect is gained. When the paint becomes faint, reapply.

Step 4 - Ragging Off

Take a dry rag and lay it out on a flat surface. Using your pointer finger and thumb, pinch the center of the rag and twirl counter clockwise, until the rag twists up like a rosette. Lift the entire rag off the table and then blot it on to the wall in random motions. The blotting motion will remove small amounts of glaze. The idea is to achieve a randomized texture, with some areas having lots of glaze, some only a little, and varying amounts in between. Use a combination of ragging glaze onto the wall, and blotting it off, to achieve the desired effect.

Step 5 - Remove Tape

Remove painter's tape when the glaze is still wet, for best results.

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