Rag rolling: Oil based
Rating 2 -
For use on walls, furniture, objects, child friendly
Positive glaze rag-roll application. Unless extended durability is required, or
applied in a heavy traffic area - the Acrylic
/ Latex method of rag-rolling is preferable. It is less toxic, and involves easier
Flat or eggshell sheen is recommended for interior wall
recipe method that follows is designed to create a soft subtle decorative rag
effect, ideally suited for most environments.
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: Tape
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. Choose
a base color in sheen of your choice that is slightly darker than the overall
color value you would like to achieve. Color
Suggestions. For oil based paints allow to dry over night or for 24 hours.
Step 4: Mixing
the secondary, rag color. In a bucket mix the base color with approximately 1/3
white paint. The white paint should be the same sheen as the base color. For oil based rag rolling, mix oil based white paint into a oil
based base color of the same sheen.
There is no need to dilute the secondary, rag color.
Step 5: Wear
disposable gloves. Once the
secondary, rag color is mixed, take a clean rag and completely submerse and
saturate rag with rag color.
Use a stir stick to facilitate this process. Make
sure rag gets completely saturated with paint.
Taking one corner of the paint
filled rag, pull the rag through the thumb and forefinger of your other hand to
remove all excess paint.
BEWARE! It is important to use caution with solvents. Always use appropriate
protective gear on all exposed body areas, especially the hands and eyes.
Always work in a well-ventilated room. Do NOT work near heat sources,
and NEVER smoke while working, as many solvents are flammable.
Step 6: Open
rag and loosely create a ‘ball’ in your hand. Begin to dab rag over surface,
using a light touch and continually moving wrist to vary pattern being created.
Allow base color to show through. Regularly open rag and reposition in hand to
maximize paint distribution and to vary texture. Work evenly over surface.
This technique allows one to stop when
necessary, never fearing ‘burn’ lines or irregular patterns.
Continue over wall surface until completed, dipping rag into paint regularly,
straining through fingers, to refresh paint saturation.
Taping ceilings, base moldings, door frames
and window frames prevents rag from hitting exposed areas and once completed
with the rag treatment removal of the tape makes for a quick, finished result.
Step 8: For edges and corners, use a very small rag
saturated with paint. A small artists brush of 1 inch dry brush dabbed in paint
will help get into tight corners.
Dispose of rags properly. For oil based rag rolling clean up with mineral spirits.
Visit the artSparx waste disposal resource.
Step 10: Record
the paint color numbers for future reference in the event that touch ups are
For color combinations, base color
recommendations and glaze color recipes refer to the artSparx
|Applying a protective varnish coat
Step 11: A oil based varnish, such as
, 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 12: Clean
up with mineral spirits.