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Crinkle painting brings walls to life

28 Jul 2007
Adding a textural look and colour gradations to your walls is a snap using plastic sheeting and simple instructions. In fact, the hardest part of this technique is choosing from the nearly limitless number of colour combinations. Home décor and DIY expert Janice Anderssen gives instructions on how to do it.

You will need:
3 acrylic colour combinations
Scumble Glaze
Foam paint rollers (small & large)
Trim brush
Masking tape
2 Buckets
Drop cloth

Here's how:
1. Mask around doors, windows, the ceiling, and the floor with wide painter's tape. Using a paint roller, base-coat a clean and dry wall with first colour; let dry. Apply a second coat if needed and allow to dry.

2. In paint bucket, mix 1 part second colour and 4 parts glaze. In the second bucket, mix 1 part third colour and 4 parts glaze. (The glaze coverage on our wall is about 80% second mixture and 20% third mixture, so you'll need to mix quite a bit more of the second mixture.)

3. Cut in the second glaze mixture up to the ceiling with a trim brush. Then, using a small roller, roll down from the top of the wall in sweeping organic motions.

4. Use another small roller to randomly apply areas of the third glaze over the top of the lighter glaze.

5. Cut a manageable piece of plastic, approx 1m x 1m. Press the plastic onto the wall, bunching it with your hands as you go.

6. Pull the plastic off from the top downward; repeat the process in an adjacent area using the same piece of plastic. The plastic can be reused about five times, or until it is so saturated that it no longer removes the paint- glaze mixture.

7. Continue crinkling with a new piece of plastic. As you work the plastic over the wall, overlap the already-crinkled areas, blending the paint-glaze mixture as you go.

8. Continue rolling the glazes onto the wall and removing with plastic. Finish one entire wall and then move on to the next, working quickly. Do not allow the glaze to dry before moving on to the next wall area.

After one wall or large area is completed, check for drips; blot and remove any with scrunched-up plastic, continuing to blend and crinkle as you do so.

Article courtesy of Meredith, Click here for more home design ideas.

Reader Response!
On reading this article, a reader wrote in with the following additional info:

Hi there,

A very similar and much easier and cost effective way of getting a very similar result do as follows:

(Perfect for kitchen walls, cupboards and doors)

Paint one layer with colour of choice with velvaglo.

Once dry, do it again but this time don't be sparing with the paint. (It might even start running a bit)

Take a plastic bag (the best are the big black rubbish bags), crinkle, fold open again and press against the wet paint.

Rub it against the wet paint so that the crinkles would show nicely once you pull it off.

Wait about and hour and pull it off and WHALLA , a STUNNING and very LUXURIOUS finish!

Kobus Hattingh

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