For use on walls, furniture, objects, and
in fine arts techniques
This decorative effect creates the appearance of floating color. Soft and
watery, or bold and striking. The color density varies over the surface and
creates appearances from parchment to the softness of an evening sky or watery
appearance. A subtle finish, with little texture, it is an ideal effect to
create mood in a room, background ambience. When using earth tones the color wash can have a slightly
aged appearance and is ideal for irregular wall surfaces.
color suggestions refer to the artsparx color palette…
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, window and door frames. Remove all
electrical and light switch cover plates. Cover furniture and floor areas with
|Base colors and mixing your glaze
Step 3: Choose
and apply the appropriate eggshell finish base color. Allow to fully dry (8
your glaze: Mix universal tinters with glaze coat thoroughly and add
water. Experiment with fluidity and color strength. Don’t dilute glaze too
much, as this will be your ‘master glaze color’
Step 4: Place a
portion of the prepared glaze color in a 2.5
qt. bucket. Add water and dilute to proper consistency. Experiment. Fill the other bucket 2/3 full with water.
Step 5: Prepare
2 sponges by rounding corners and edges (learn how). Ordinary household sponges will do
fine (1 ½ inch thick and approx 6 inches x 4 inches).
When glazing, always work from top to bottom. If
you start at the bottom and work upward, any drips or spills occurring can
damage already treated lower portion finish.
Step 6: Use one
sponge for the water and one for the glaze color. Starting at the top of the
wall, take sponge 1 with the water and dampen surface. Work in one area at a
time, moving methodically forward over wall surface. See glazing methods for
more information. Saturating the surface first allows the glaze to go on
fluidly and evenly.
work over surface
With sponge 2, dipped in the glaze, rub over damped area of
wall and spread glaze. Work evenly over area for full coverage. Vary the
pressure applied to the sponge to leave areas with slightly denser
concentrations of glaze. Continue to soften glaze color working in a criss-cross
manner until desired smoothness is achieved. Work quickly and conscientiously,
keeping exposed edges dampened with water.
rub over surface
soften color glaze
Step 7: Move to
next area and repeat. Do not put glaze on previous edge but rather apply within
1 inch or so and soften into previous edge with sponge or dry brush.
soften with dry brush
At corners, apply
glaze to within ½ to 1 inch of edge and with a dry brush, work into corner,
then soften and smooth with light, gentle movements.
|Applying a protective varnish coat
Step 8: To
protect the surface, a water-based varnish, such as latex varnish
be applied after color-washed surfaces have dried completely (24 hrs). For wall
surfaces it is recommended to use flat (matte) finish, eggshell or low-luster
Step 9: Clean
up with warm, soapy water.
Step 10: Retain
some of the master glaze for future touch-ups in a covered glass container.
Dispose of remaining glazes properly.