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Tips for Faux Painting Finishes Created with a Rag

Tips and tricks for faux painting finishes done with a rag: learn how to make your positive and negative ragging and rag rolling effects look elegant.

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What Paint Color Combinations Are Best for Faux Ragging Finishes?

Question: What are the best paint/glaze color combinations for faux ragging finishes? Also, when rag painting, does the base coat has to be the lighter

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How to Choose the Right Material for Faux Rag Painting?

Question: What type of material is best for faux rag painting techniques? Cotton? Cheesecloth? Or maybe there's no difference at all and I'm making things

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1 Color Rag Painting Tutorial - the Basic Technique

If you've ever tried the sponging on technique, basic ragging on will be easier for you to learn - both the instructions and the process will feel familiar.

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How to Prepare, Fold and Hold a Cloth for Faux Rag Painting

Question: How do you hold the cloth when rag painting? When I practice on sample boards, the imprints look different depending on how I bunch it up.

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Instructions for Basic, Single-Color Ragging Off

Ragging is one of the best known decorative techniques for many reasons: it is very adaptable, quick and easy to do, and needs no specialist tools. The

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Tutorial for Rag Painting with a Cheesecloth

Thin, gauze-like cheesecloth (the material used here to remove glaze) is what produces the subtle texture of this subtractive paint finish and offers a

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Ragging Plus Cheeseclothing: a 2-Step Glaze Removal Technique

Here is another elegant variation of cloth distressing. It starts with ragging off, which creates a coarsely textured finish, and ends with cheeseclothing

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Ragging Off and Cheesecloth Distressing in 2 Glaze Colors

Although similar to single color ragging and cheesclothing, this version of the same painting technique has a painterly quality to it. The job is a bit

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Light Over Dark Subtractive Rag Painting Method

When executed in two similar tones (a darker glaze applied over a lighter base), ragging off and cheeseclothing produce a subtle finish. But when done

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Ragging Off Paint With Plastic

Rag painting is not always done with cloth, sometimes other materials are used for a different effect. In this simple tutorial, you will use plastic instead

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Cross-Hatch Ragging Off Paint Technique

Here is an interesting painting technique called crosshatch ragging. When completed, the decorative finish resembles grass cloth. This technique can

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Parchment / Frottage Painting Effect Done With Newspapers

The decorative painting technique of parchment, or frottage, combines Old World texture with a soft yet contemporary attitude. Based on the French word

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Negative Rag Painting: Basic and Advanced Tutorials

These subtractive rag painting techniques will teach you how to texturize wet glaze with a cloth, in order to leave decorative impressions on the surface.

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Rag Painting the Walls for a Faux Tuscan Effect

The warm and vibrant colors used in this rag painting technique remind us of the baking heat of a Tuscan summer, and the rough and uneven texture of the

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How to Rag Roll Paint On Your Walls

In rag rolling, you work with a roll of cloth that produces a rhythmic linear pattern - in contrast to the random effect of the loosely bunched rag in

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Pounced and Twisted Rag Painted Method

This technique produces a heavily glazed surface, but with a more stylized, floral-like texture, because here you use a different hand motion than in traditional

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3 Color Ragging On Decorative Painting Technique

This multi-tonal rag painting method uses 3 colors from the same paint strip, to create an interesting yet subdued effect. And even though you'll work

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2 Color, Tone-On-Tone Paint Ragging Instructions

This technique is a logical continuation of ragging on one color - it begins where the basic method leaves off. This process adds a second color glaze

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How to Faux Paint with Rags: Step by Step Tutorials

Learn how to faux paint with a rag - these single and multi-color painting techniques will let you create textured decorative finishes on your walls.

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Most Popular Interior Paint Colors: Sherwin Williams' Best

Paint Color Cheat Sheets is a shortcut to the best interior paint colors in a Sherwin Williams deck: proven, tried and tested colors that always work.

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Sponge Painting Techniques: 43 Ideas and Examples

The look and feel of sponge painting techniques depends on your choice of sponge, selected colors, glazing mix and the actual application method.

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How to Sponge Paint OFF the Walls: DIY Instructions

Want to learn how to sponge paint off walls, ceilings or any other flat surface? This painting technique is only slightly more difficult than sponging on.

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What Paint Finish / Sheen is Best for Sponge Painting Techniques?

Question: I understand that when sponge painting, the finish of the base coat can be flat, satin or glossy (depending on our preference). But what about

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Choosing the Right Sea Sponge for Faux Painting: Wool, Grass or Cultured?

Question: I need to buy a sponge (I want to try my hand at positive sponging), but when I looked online, they all look so different! The prices range

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What Paint Color Combinations Are Best for Sponging Techniques?

Question: What paint color combinations are best for sponge painting techniques? Answer: The most harmonious and eye-pleasing sponged ON finishes consist

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Instructions for a Subtle, Barely There Sponge Painting Technique

Question: I want to create a subtle, barely-there sponge painting finish on my kitchen walls. I've already selected the colors, and I'm practicing the

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Tips and Tricks for Sponge Painting Walls On and Off

Thinking of sponge painting walls? Learn how to extend glaze drying time, tone down a busy finish, correct a mistake or custom-shape a sea sponge.

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Sponge Painting ON and OFF: Ideas and Instructions

Sponge painting tutorials: learn how to apply or remove paint glaze for textured decorative effects. Different sponging methods, tips and examples.

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My Yellow Paint Color Mistake and Happy Ending

As a first time home owner I was very excited to escape from the boring white walls of my apartment, and to make my new-to-me, 46 year old house my own.

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How to Sponge Paint On the Walls - Instructions

Learn the sponge paint technique: tools and materials needed, glaze recipe, step by step directions, tips for choosing the color and paint finish.

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Yellow Color Scheme in Our Apartment

I attend Utah State University in Logan, Utah and I recently rented a small house near campus with some friends. The landlord allowed us to paint and

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Interviews With Paint Color Experts and Decorators

When choosing paint colors and combinations, some pros have a method, while others follow their instinct. But they can all teach you something about picking colors for painting and decorating a home.

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We Painted Our Basement a "Chartreuse" Yellow Green Color

We have recently finished the basement in our house, and paint color was an important final decision for this home improvement project. Depending on the

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Interview with YELENA KUBLITSKI - creator of the Paint Color Cheat Sheets and editor of HousePaintingTutorials.com

It's a funny feeling - writing an intro for an interview where the paint color expert is... myself! But after someone interviewed me for their publication

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Sunny Yellow Painting Idea - Green and Yellow Walls

This is a small space in my room which I created to relax a bit, play the guitar and read my books. I chose Glidden Fresh Pineapple interior paint color

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Barely There Yellow Wall Paint Color in Our Living Room

I used a very light shade of yellow paint colour called Liquid Light in my living room, as I feel that dark colours tend to make a space feel smaller.

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Simple White Wall Paint Color: Our Living Room Makeover

When we first bought the house, this living room was painted a pretty bright orange color and everyone hated it. So of course it was the first on the list

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Interview with DONNA FRASCA - decorator and paint color specialist

If you are intimidated by paint color, Donna Frasca has a recipe for you - a Color RecipeĀ©, that is. You see, Donna is completely unafraid of color: she

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A Shade of Yellow Tan Paint on Our Living Room Walls

Hi, well me and my wife recently moved into this house (can you tell by the mismatch furniture?), and we decided to paint our walls tan in the living room.

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Interview with DUSTIN VAN FLEET - designer and historic restoration expert

Rich colors, lots of drama and character, each element a conversation piece - that's what the designs of Dustin Van Fleet are all about. You can love

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My White Japan Inspired Basement

I like Japanese style, and that's what I was going for here. Though most of the items in my room do not in fact have much to do with Japan, there is without

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Interview with CATHLEEN DAVIDSON - paint color consultant and interior designer

Just like her designs and color schemes, Cathleen Davidson is a wonderful mix of whimsy, excitement, and ambiance. In her own words: I love life. All

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My Yellow Painting Idea for Kitchen Walls - "Antique Gold"

Before I painted my kitchen it was a dull tan color. That color was a great neutral color, but rather boring. I wanted something more vibrant, but not

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Interview with KELLY PORTER - fearless home colorist and designer

Kelly Porter lives in a world of no wrong paint colors. She embraces even the boldest hues and the most unconventional color combinations. Being a woman

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Custom Mixed White Wall Paint Color in My Living Room

Hey this is my freshly painted white living room. I used white color paint and added a few drops of black paint to get the desired effect - as you see

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Interview with MARIA KILLAM - interior designer and paint color expert

You can't help but fall in love with Maria Killam - she is the Queen of happy color, and you'll understand why the minute you see all the vibrant hues

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Blue and Yellow Walls in My Victorian House

When I was updating my house from plain old white to something a little more lively, I decided to restore the room to a more Victorian look. Rather than

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