For use on trim, moldings, furniture, and objects
A Striee finish produces the appearance of fine lines or
grains. It is a very sophisticated look and is particularly suited to formal
environments. Especially effective on doors, trim and moldings, striee glaze
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 less frequently given a striee effect.
Striee glazing is a slightly more refined variation of
another decorative finishing technique known as ‘dragging’. 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 striee 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. In most cases, a striee glaze on trim and moldings is an
accent treatment. A base coat of 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, striee 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
color combinations, base color recommendations and glaze color recipes refer to
the artSparx color palette.
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. Learn how.
Step 7: As
striee treatment on doors and trim
resembles a wood grained effect, it is important to striee in the proper
direction to maximize this effect. Below is a diagram that shows the proper
method of striee 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.
When striee glazing, 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.
Step 8: Use the
sponge for the water and a clean 3 inch to 5 inch brush to use for your color
glaze. Follow the diagram to see where to begin your striee process. 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.
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.
|Striee 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' glaze with dry brush
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 striee, lined texture.
keep brush clean
Regularly wipe dry brush with a
clean rag to remove excess glaze and to insure a fresh striee pattern. Work
evenly over surface. Wipe end edge with a rag to create a clean finish line.
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 striee. When beginning to striee this new area, it is possible to
place your dry brush exactly at the juncture of the newly applied glaze and the
previously finished area. With a steady hand begin the straight, dragging
movement. For framed areas, such as doors and windows, this should create a
smooth 90-degree striee effect. Continue until area is completed.
|Applying a protective varnish coat
Step 11: A
water-based varnish, such as
may be applied after striee
surfaces have dried completely (24 hrs.) for surface protection. For trim and
molding surfaces it is recommended to use a 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.