Wall Painting Ideas

Wall Painting Ideas
Glazes
Transparent, oil-based glaze can be bought ready-coloured, but you can tint proprietary oil glaze to match a colour exactly. To make a basic tinted glaze, mix 1 part glaze with 34 parts white spirit and 25ml (ltbsp) white eggshell per 500ml (approx. lpt) of glaze, using universal stainers to add colour.
A glaze must be applied over non-porous paint, such as eggshell. Depending on the composition, it may take up to two days to dry hard, which gives you plenty of time to correct and rework if you get it wrong first time. For this reason, glaze is easier to handle as an amateur than a wash (see below).
If you are preparing your own glaze rather than using a ready-made one, it is essential to mix up enough for the whole project before you start, because it is almost impossible to duplicate a colour exactly later.
Using glazes
Possibly the simplest material for the amateur to master, a tinted oil glaze applied on a base coat will add a subtle layer of colour, softening it and giving it greater depth.
Walls need to be carefully prepared ( 5657) and then coated with one or two layers of eggshell paint. Sometimes, it is possible to use emulsion and a water-thinned wash as an alternative to glaze. However, the finished effect is seldom as elegant as that produced by an oil-based fmish.
You can prolong the life of the effect -whether oil or water-based by applying a coat of matt varnish when it is thoroughly dry. This is very important if you have painted a heavy-traffic area such as a hallway, or if it is likely to need frequent sponging.
To apply, paint the glaze onto the wall with a medium-sized decorating brush, covering lsq m (lsq yd) at a time, using quick, random strokes. Soften brushmarks with a wide, short-bristled brush, and continue until the surface is evened out, and until you have created a thin film of near-transparent colour.

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