Faux-paint a Wall
The techniques of strié and ragging aren’t difficult, but do require working quickly. Strié, or dragging, creates a soft striped or “linen” pattern. Ragging adds subtle texture.
Prep the room and prime the walls. Choose a latex basecoat (semi-gloss for striŽ; satin for ragging) and a clear acrylic glaze that will be tinted. For a tone-on-tone look, tint the glaze with one part of the basecoat to four parts of the glaze. For a contrasting effect, choose a light base color and darker second color to tint the glaze—for instance, a yellow base color with
To striŽ, apply the glaze with a paint roller and work in 4' sections. While the glaze is still wet, drag a dry, 6" dragging brush or spalter brush from the top of the wall to the bottom for vertical stripes, overlapping brush strokes as you work along the section. (Go side to side for horizontal stripes.) For a linen effect, work vertically first, and then quickly work horizontally. Keep pressure on the brush even and smooth. After each pass, wipe the brush on a rag to clean it. It might be helpful to keep a smaller, dry paintbrush on hand for tight areas. Work around the room and allow to dry.
For ragging, you can use an actual rag or crumpled plastic bags. Avoid any linty or synthetic fabrics. As with striŽ, apply the glaze with a paint roller and work in small sections. For a pronounced texture, twist the rag or bag before rolling it in the glaze. Crumple it for a softer texture. If possible, have a helper so one person can apply the glaze and the other can rag. Roll the rag or bag on the wall, overlapping each section as you work. You don’t have to work in one direction: crisscrossing at an angle will give the pattern more depth. If the rag or bag gets saturated with glaze, replace it with a new one. Step back and view your work as you go. Re-rag any thickly glazed spots or use a dry paintbrush to stipple away excess. Continue around the room and let dry.