A versatile technique dating back to the Victorian era. Any personal design could be created anywhere in the home, panels, beneath a Daido rail, as a border or an entire room. Colours can be matched to existing items, fabrics etc. Single or double sponging can be used.
Single Sponging Here single sponging has been applied lightly onto a narrow hallway so as not to close in the large area of wall but to add pattern to the walls without being too heavy, paneled in with hand painted piping lines along with grained doors and a wood look coving.
Another broken paint effect from the Victorian era, as with sponging it can be used anywhere in the home. The technique of "ragging on" will give a crisp appearance where as "ragging off" will give a more blended look. Just like sponging, colours can be matched to exsisting items, fabrics etc. Both single and double ragging is possible.
Single Ragging Double Ragging
Probably one of the oldest forms of decorating and always pleasing to the eye, bold or simplistic the effect is just the same. Can be used in childrens rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, shops and restaurant settings.
Old and new best describe these. Old decorative techniques of dragging vertical lines and stippling out brush lines overlaying with new ideas of broken leaf. Here is an example of decorated panels.
Gilding, Ornate and Relief Work
These techniques were employed to the full in the past and still look impressive today. Here I managed to use all three techniques to achieve the desired effects.
Bagging is a textured finish, which is created by working a glaze over a base coat, using a cloth in a plastic bag and working over the glaze in a random pattern removing the glaze as you go.
Here the doors that were once black paintwork have been grained on top of the white to stimulate wood.
Simulated timber painted on a plastered wall.Colourwash & Rubbing
Colourwash can be bold as well as subtle; it can be left to dry with bold brush strokes or blended for a more muted appearance. It can also have an aged distressed look such as Tuscan or Venetian plaster. Beautiful effects of depth and texture can be created when more than one wash is applied. Earthy colours such as yellow ochre, sienna, umber and terracotta work well.