As always, Jack’s Paint has been hard at work sourcing some popular decorative painting ideas that you may want to try out in your home or office. So, if you’re feeling creative, draw some inspiration from these Jack’s Decorative Painting Techniques:
Stippling is an easy way in which to get rid of paintbrush marks or roller tracks on a freshly painted wall. Dabbed over glaze, a stippling brush can produce a subtle, textured finish. Instead of dragging the brush, tap the wall with the tips of the bristles. Stippling pigmented glaze over a wall can provide blended colour variations that are very pleasing to the eye.
Graining is used to create a wood effect on a surface made from wooden boards. You will need a graining tool in order to master this decorative painting technique. Start by staining and finishing the wood. Next, glaze the surface and drag the graining tool along the surface, rocking the tool backwards and forwards. Each time you rock the tool, a knot will appear in the grain so, to avoid a regular pattern, vary the amount of rocking used so as to create a genuine-looking wood finish. Wipe the tool regularly to prevent the glaze from blocking up and spoiling the surface. If you make a mistake, simply brush over the patterned section and try again.
Stencilling is a painting technique that can be repeated to create a border around a room or to achieve a classic wallpaper look. Stencils are an effective means of brightening up your child’s room. You don’t need to buy a stencilling kit – just cut out your chosen design from a piece of firm card or acetate using a sharp craft knife and stick it to the wall with low tack masking tape. Stencils are usually applied with a paint or roller brush. The most commonly used stencil brushes are flat-tipped and domed brushes. Flat-tipped brushes contain bristles that are all one length. Domed brushes have bristles that are slightly tapered toward the ends. A painted sponge can also be used for a textured effect. One of the best pieces of painting advice that we can provide you with in terms of stencilling is not to overload your brush or sponge with paint – a drier finish works better as an overloaded brush or sponge will cause the paint to seep under your stencil and spoil your project completely. If you will be repeating a design around a room, make sure that you have orientation marks on your stencil so as to ensure perfect alignment each time that you remove and reposition your stencil.
Consult your nearest Jack’s Paint and Hardware store for more decorative painting advice and ideas.