For use on trim, moldings, furniture, objects
A dragging finish produces the appearance of fine lines or
grains. Especially effective on doors, trim and moldings, dragging acts as a complement to wall surfaces that have been treated with another
decorative paint effect, mural painting or plaster treatments such as fresco
and stucco lustro, polished plaster. Wall
surfaces are occasionally treated in a dragging method..
Striee glazing is a slightly more refined variation of
the dragging technique. Mastering this
technique will provide you with the basics of faux wood graining, and various
simulated fabric textures such as faux denim.
An eggshell sheen is recommended for all surfaces being
treated with all decorative finishes produced with the Negative method of glaze
The method that
follows is designed to create a standard dragged effect, with a dark tone glazed
over a lighter base coat.
Step 1: Remove
all nails and repair any damaged or cracked areas. Prime as needed. Refer to
the artSparx basic preparation resource for tips and techniques….
Step 2: Isolate
moldings, doors and trim by taping off wall surfaces and surrounding areas. If
necessary, remove all electrical cover plates. Cover furniture and floor areas
with drop cloths.
|Base colors and mixing your glaze
Determine the overall color value of the surface being treated. Choose an
eggshell base color. A base coat of slightly off white, such as
sufficient, as the top color will act as the finished color tone. Allow this base color to fully dry (8 hrs).
Step 4: Mix the
secondary, drag color. In a bucket create a color combination that is the
value and color you would like to achieve. The glaze coat is mixed as a
concentrated color, then diluted to the fluidity needed for the glazing
process. As a general rule, it is better to mix too much glaze color than not
enough. It is very difficult to match the custom color once you have started
glazing a room. For most rooms, one quart of
liquid will be sufficient. Using universal tinters, add color slowly, mixing
thoroughly until desired color is achieved. Add ¼ cup Floetrol to help extend
the drying time. It may also be helpful to add small amounts of water to
facilitate mixing. This will be your ‘master glaze’. You can experiment in
a low visibility area of the surface being treated. Adjust color of the
‘master glaze’ to your liking, wiping clean your test area after each test
Step 5: Wear
disposable gloves. With glaze
color prepared, place a portion of glaze color in one of the 2.5 qt. Buckets. Add water and dilute to proper consistency. Experiment. Fill
the other bucket 2/3 full with water.
Prepare an ordinary household sponge (approx. 1 ½ inches thick x 6
inches x 4 inches). Use scissors to cut all edges of the sponge to create
rounded corners. Find out how.
Step 7: As
treatment on doors and trim
resembles a wood grained effect, it is important to drag in the proper
direction to maximize this effect. Below is a diagram that shows the proper
method of drag glazing doors and trim.
|Glazing a door with inset panel.
Begin with center panel.
B: Continue to center panel moldings, always dragging in a horizontal or
C: Drag top and bottom panel in a horizontal manner.
D: Use a damp rag and wipe clean a straight line between panel 3 and 4.
This mimics the grain pattern of how the door is put together.
E: Glaze left and right panel 4, carefully dragging against clean line
created in step D with your dry brush.
dragging, always work from innermost
areas to the outside. For example, when glazing a door, start with the inner
door panels, top first, then lower. Moving progressively outward towards the
edges until door is complete.
wetting the wall
Step 8: Use the
sponge for the water and a clean 3 inch to 5 inch brush to use for your color
glaze. Wet the
surface with water, and dampen surface. Work one area at a time. See glazing
methods for more information. Saturating the surface first allows the glaze to
go on fluidly and evenly.
applying the glaze
Take a brush, dipped in the glaze, and brush over dampened
area to spread glaze. Work evenly over area for full coverage. Make sure not to
leave any untreated areas.
|Dragging glazing application diagram for wall surfaces
Apply glaze in regular sections.
Leave edge wet with glaze so when moving from one area
to the next there is a smooth transition.
dragging the glaze
Step 9: Take
a clean, dry bristle brush and with a firm hand begin at one end of surface,
dragging the brush evenly through the glaze until you reach the other end. This
will remove the freshly applied glaze from the surface, revealing the base
color and producing a dragged, lined texture.
Regularly wipe dry brush with a
clean rag to remove excess glaze and to insure a fresh drag pattern. Work
evenly over surface.
If glaze is too
fluid and continually “sags” or runs, allow to set momentarily then return
and work at glaze with a dry brush until smooth. Be aware that latex glazes set
Step 10: Move
to next area and repeat. Work glaze to previous edge but don’t overlap
existing glaze. Continue until area is completed.
|Applying a protective varnish coat
Step 11: A
water-based varnish, such as latex varnish, may be applied after dragged surfaces have dried completely (24 hrs.) for surface protection. For trim and
molding surfaces it is recommended to use
Low-luster finish, or Satin sheen
Step 12: Clean
up with warm, soapy water.
Step 13: Retain
some of the master glaze for future touch ups in a covered glass container.
Dispose of remaining glazes properly.