Learn to add stripes to your wall in varying shapes, sizes and designs.
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Smart and Snappy Stripes
Here’s my decorative painting technique where you really earn your stripes and it’s so versatile you could change the color, the finish, even the direction of the stripes. Ordinary stripes, no way. I’m going to paint parchment finish stripes over a lighter parchment finish but feel free to experiment with different techniques.
For stripes you need a pink tray, 2 colors of latex paint preferably in the same tonality or color family. Mix one part paint, one part water and one part latex glaze. You also need 2 inch China bristle brushes and one 4 inch China bristle brush, a tape measure, a level a water color pencil, easy release painter’s tape and a cheese cloth.
I like to start with lighter undertones because it’s easier to add color and then take it away. Be careful when you’re measuring and marking off your stripes. I use a water color pencil and a level because straight lines are critical. You can see I’m adding stripes to the wall but I have already changed it with a parchment finish. Remember that technique if not find it on the screen and click for refresher.
Stripes are something that you really don’t want to mess up in your painting so I like to put a piece of paper on the stripes that I’m using. I use this painter’s tape because it lifts up easily and won’t run the finish underneath. Make double sure that tape is nice and straight and then seal it with your fingers or dry cloth. Now there are lines in a arrow let’s bow.
I’m using the same colors for the stripes but I did on the parchment finish. The second layer will turn out a lot darker, start with a few swipes of each color and then spread it around with a damp cheesecloth and rounded amoeba type movements then dab, dab, dab to blend any blur lines.
I like to pull the tape off right away so like if there’s any breathing underneath the tape we could just take a rag and wipe it right off, beautiful when the finish is completely dry remove the water color pencil with a damp cloth and we’re done.
I love this finish as is but if you want to dress it up a little bit you can add a pin stripe or some stencil classic.
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