What Is Skip Trowel Patterning? What Is Skip Trowel Patterning?

In recent years, people have become more aware of the possibilities of skip trowel patterning. This design is often used in drywall texture, and in order to get the right sort of patterning from your ceiling or floor, you need to know how to use your trowel to get the perfect pattern. For most homeowners, skip trowel patterning is a statement of personality, or the key to giving your room a great feature without having to do any extensive DIY. For this reason, skip trowel patterning is very popular and fashionable, and is the best method of applying texture to a wall free handed.

Reasons to use Skip Trowel Patterning

Large expanses of untextured wall can look boring and unattractive, and some people may feel a little overwhelmed by the straight up-and-down of a wall without pattern or texture. In most homes, these large areas of wall can make a room look to functional, almost dystopian, or they can also make a room look very boxy or prison-like. In order to avoid these types of experience when walking into a room, you can use texture. Some kinds of texture, such as pop corning the wall or ceiling, can be hard to get right, and may cause the observer to feel a bit queasy. So skip troweling is the best middle-ground between the two extremes, providing only a little texture without too much stress.

How to Skip Trowel

In order to fit your wall texture to the decorations in the rest of the room, you need to be able to skip trowel effectively. The skip trowel method involves placing your trowel or paint spreader onto the surface of the wall, so that the blade is touching the fresh polyfiller, and then skipping it way. You do this by sharply turning the blade from your wrist, causing the blade to take the surface, and spread it over another part of the wall. You will therefore end up with a wall that has a number of lumps and indentations on the surface, which you can feel by simply placing your hand along the line.

Where to Skip Trowel

You can perform the skip trowel in a number of areas, from drywall that has just been taped, to ceilings, and even freshly painted walls. In order to get the right effect for your surface, use a number of different blades in different places, so that you avoid just a regular pattern of lumps, but get different levels of indentations, depending upon how you have used the trowel. If you don't want to use something as large as a trowel, try mixing your utensils up, for example trying taping knives, small putty spreaders, and even items with teeth, which will give you a completely different pattern. Once you have finished making the pattern, leave to dry before either painting or decorating further.


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