rolling: water based
Rating 2 -
For use on walls, furniture, objects
As with all decorative finishes produced with the Negative
method of glaze application an eggshell sheen is recommended for all surfaces
It is recommended that 2 individuals work in tandem to
produce this finish. This approach to rag rolling produces a slightly softer,
more fluid rag appearance.
The recipe method that follows is
designed to create a soft subtle decorative rag effect, ideally suited for most
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….
off all baseboard edges, ceiling edge, trim and doorframes. Remove all
electrical and light switch cover plates. Cover furniture and floor areas with
|Base colors and mixing your color
Determine the over all color value of the room or surface being treated.
Color Suggestions. Choose
an eggshell base color of your choice that is slightly lighter than the overall
color value you would like to achieve. For latex paints allow to fully dry (8
Step 4: Mixing
the secondary, rag color. In a bucket create a color combination that is a
value or 2 darker than the base color. Glaze coat is mixed as a concentrated
color, then diluted to the proper 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
latex glazing 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 to the ‘master glaze’ to your
liking, wiping clean your test area after each test application
For color combinations, base color
recommendations and glaze color recipes refer to the artSparx
Step 5: Wear
disposable gloves. With glaze
color prepared take two 2.5-quart buckets place a portion of glaze color in
one. Add water slowly and dilute to proper consistency, approx. like cream. Experiment. In the other
bucket fill 2/3 full with water.
glazing, always work from top to bottom. If you start at the bottom and work
upward, any drips or spills occurring can damage already treated lower portion
Step 6: Use the
sponge for the water and take a clean 3 inch to 5 inch brush to use for your
color glaze. Starting at the top of the wall, individual 1 should take use the
sponge, wet with the water, and dampen surface. Work in one area at a time,
moving methodically forward over wall surface. Saturating the surface first allows the glaze to go on
fluidly and evenly.
Glazing application diagram for wall surfaces
Apply glaze in irregular sections.
This insures a random overall appearance and helps diminish potential 'burn'
lines (glaze build up from section to section). See glazing
methods for more information.
The second individual should take the brush, dipped in the
glaze, and brush over dampened area of wall to spread glaze. Work evenly over
area for full coverage. Make sure not to leave any open areas. Soften glaze
color working in a criss-cross manner with another brush until relative
smoothness is achieved. Work quickly and conscientiously, keeping exposed edges
dampened with water.
Step 7: Using a
clean rag, open rag and loosely create a ‘ball’ in your hand. Begin to dab
rag over surface, using a firm touch and continually moving wrist to vary
pattern being created. This will remove the freshly applied glaze from the
surface, revealing the base color and producing a rag texture. Regularly open
rag and reposition in hand so as not to get the rag to saturated with glaze and
to insure a fresh rag pattern. Work evenly over surface. Change to a clean rag
If glaze is to fluid and continually sags,
allow to set momentarily then return to soften glaze the apply rag texture. Be
aware that latex glazes set quickly.
Step 8: Move to
next area and repeat. Do not stop until entire surface has been treated. Do not
put glaze on previous edge but rather apply within 1 inch or so and soften into
previous edge with sponge or dry brush.
At corners apply glaze with ½ to 1 inch of edge and with a dry brush,
work into corner, then soften, smooth and blot with rag with light, gentle
|Applying a protective varnish coat
Step 9: A water
based varnish, such as Benjamin Moore Stays Clear may be applied after rag rolled surfaces
have dried completely (24 hrs.) for surface protection. For wall surfaces it is
recommended to use flat (matt) finish, Eggshell or Low-luster finish.
Step 10: Clean
up with warm, soapy water.
Step 11: Retain
some of the master glaze for future touch ups. Dispose of remaining glazes
to fix drips and spills
If wet glaze gets onto an area that has already been
finished and has begun to set, it may dissolve the previous finish. Simply blot
area with a dry rag to remove excess. Any attempt to repair area before
completely dry may result in a mess that is virtually irreparable. Small areas
are manageable. Large areas may require the complete area to be removed then
Small area repair:
Once completely dry (24 hrs.) fresh glaze may be touched in with and artists’
brush until desired results are met.
Large area repair:
Treat before drying is complete. If
a large area of glaze is affected and begins to burn away, or dissolve, the
removal of the entire glazed surface may be required. To do this, dampen a rag
with warm water and wipe surface until clean, using multiple rags if necessary.
Alternatively; you may allow wall to completely dry (24 hrs.) then
repaint base coat and begin again.