Make a Splash!: An Overview of Passionate Paint Finishes for Walls (8)

Paint Finishes for Walls86. Frottage

The name for the texturizing technique, frottage, stems from the French verb, frotter (meaning “to rub”). This is a very easy technique that anyone can do in a very short amount of time. Frottage involves placing sheets of paper (such as brown kraft paper) onto a surface that has been painted with a glaze, and then removing the sheets to release subtle lines and creases.

Frottaged walls have a “soft suede” appearance that is very sophisticated. Alternatively, you can use large plastic bags (garbage bags are perfect) to create the lines and creases that are even more defined, a technique referred to as bagging.

The Steps:

  1. Paint the wall with two coats of the base color. Then let let the wall dry for at least two hours.
  2. Mix a color of latex paint (semigloss or satin) with water-based glazing liquid according to the directions on the latex product. The color should be about three shades darker than the base coat.
  3. Working in sections that are slightly smaller than the paper or plastic you will use, apply the glaze to the edges of the section with a brush and then fill in the box you have made with a roller.
  4. Immediately lay the kraft paper or plastic bag over the wet glaze and smooth it out with your hands. Remove the paper or plastic to reveal the design. Repeat these steps for subsequent sections of the wall. An optional coat of semigloss varnish on the complete wall will add depth.
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