Subtractive Wiped Rag Painting Finish: Instructions

Negative method of wiped rag painting

Negative method of wiped rag painting

Because this rag painting technique requires you to work into a wet surface, it's difficult to use on areas larger that 5 feet in width. For this reason, it's probably best used on furniture.
Although the glaze in this technique recipe is more than 60% glazing solution (which prolongs its open/workable time), it still dries too quickly to permit work on larger surfaces.

And it's difficult to blend a new (wet) area into a previously worked area without obvious overlap marks.

Materials and Tools:
Base coat - Low sheen (satin) latex paint
Glazing solution - 1 part paint and 2 parts faux glaze
Paint roller and pan
Large rags

Apply the base coat, and let it dry.

When the paint is dry, use the roller to apply a thin coat of glaze to the entire working surface at once. Immediately wipe off the glaze (subtracting it) with a clean, folded rag.

Use broad, swift motions of your hand, and reposition the rag to expose clean surfaces as the cloth becomes loaded with glaze.

The final finish should show the swiping marks left by your rag.

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