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Faux Painting with the Dragger Stippler

Dragger Stippler instructions for use

These faux painting techniques are to give you some ideas of what you can do. With just a little experimentation, there is simply no end to the faux paint finishes you can create by using the faux dragging and stippling tool.

If you're doing a wall with a distressed finish ... it's best to work in small areas at a time ... so that the paint you're taking off is wet ... and when you're joining up two areas ... take care not to overlap the paint or you'll get join marks.

A little Floetrol or Scrumble can be added to the paint before application if you want to slow down the drying time a little.

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LIMEWASHING EXAMPLE

Faux Painting Limewashing example
  1. Apply a base coat ... we chose light blue ... and allow to dry.
  2. Load the tips of the bristles of the Dragger Stippler with your second colour ... we used white and apply to the surface using long sweeping strokes.

Tip. You can add more depth to the finish by allowing the second colour to dry and repeating step 2 with the base colour, and work with your paint quite thin so you don't get too much texture on the surface.

 

 

DRAGGING ON EXAMPLE

Faux Paint dragging on example. Using the Dragger Stippler to apply additional paint
  1. Apply a base coat ... we chose mid yellow ... and allow to dry.
  2. For the second coat you work with 3 shades that are reasonably close together ... we used deep yellow ... peachy red and a hint of brown. For this effect you use very little paint so pour a little of each colour on a saucer or the lid of the paint can. Don't allow any drying time betwwen colours as you want them to blend together. Load the Dargger Stippler with deep yellow and apply with long sweeping strokes ... repeat with the peachy red ... then repeat sparingly with the brown.

Tip. To intensify the effect simply repeat step 2.

 

 

DRAGGING OFF EXAMPLE

Faux Paint dragging off example. Using the Dragger Stippler to remove wet paint
  1. 1.Apply a base coat ... we chose white ... and allow to dry.
  2. Apply a second colour ... we used terracotta ... this you work with while it's wet so on a large area do about 1 sq metre at a time ... use the Dragger Stippler in a wavy sweeping action to take part of the top coat off and reveal the base colour underneath.

Tip. Work with your paint quite thin for the top coat so you don't get too much texture on the surface.

 

 

PAINT DISTRESSING EXAMPLE

Distressing using the Dragger Stippler painting tool
  1. Apply a base coat ... we chose dark green ... and allow to dry.
  2. Apply a second colour ... we used sea green ... this you work with while it's wet so on a large area do about 1 sq metre at a time. Use the Dragger Stippler in an irregular swirling motion to remove part of the top coat and reveal the base colour underneath. Vary the pressure in random areas to give it age and character.

Tip. Work with your paint quite thin for the top coat so you don't get too much texture on the surface.

 

It's all about the illusion of texture with this faux painting tool. It's really quick and easy to work with ... and as most of these faux finishes are not meant to be uniform ... it has a lot of forgiveness.