Dragging and Strie paint techniques - easiest how to tutorial          

Dragging - Striking and Linear!

For use on walls, furniture, objects, and in fine arts paint techniques.

A dragging finish produces the appearance of fine lines or grains. Especially effective on doors, trim and moldings, dragging 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 occasionally treated in a dragging method.

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Let "saggy" glaze set. If glaze is too fluid and continually “sags” or runs, allow to set momentarily then return and work glaze with a dry brush until smooth. Be aware that latex glazes set quickly.

Work from the top down. When glazing, experience tells us it's easier to work from the top of the wall to the bottom. If you start at the bottom and work upward, any drips or spills occurring can damage already treated lower portion finish.

Base Color Linen White - Latex Eggshell

Glaze color Celadon Mist


Step 1: Apply base color.

Linen White used as a base color allows the darker Celadon glaze to have depth and richness of tone. It helps establish the needed contrast that will reinforce the straight directional motion of the dragging technique. Use your roller to apply an even base coat, working in straight up and down stokes, from top to bottom, across the wall surface.

Step 2: Mix glaze.

The mixing ratio of paint to glaze coat is as follows. Add 2 cups of latex glaze coat, 1 cup Celadon Mist paint and 1/2 cup water. If you are working on a large room then use a full can of glazing liquid and increase the paint mix to 2 cups paint to 4 cups (1 Qt) glazing liquid, to 1 cup water.

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Finishing Venetian Plaster with natural polished marble effect

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Lithos is the contemporary version of the famous ancient Stucco Veneziano. It is a beautiful and highly refined decorative finish for hotels, offices, shops, exhibition halls, living rooms, etc. Ideal for all types of interior surfaces such as cement renders, Gypsum plasters, prefabricated panels wood and its by-products, as long as sufficiently smooth. With the range of colours and the applicator’s capacity and inspiration, it is possible to attain a variety of designs and chromatic effects. The resulting coating, in addition to being highly attractive, is abrasion resistant and washable.

Spread rate: 35 to 45 sq. ft. per quart.

0.8 - 1.0 kg/m² (for a recommended dry film thickness of 1,0 mm)

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Step 3: Saturate the surface

Use a sponge for the water and the clean 4 inch brush to apply the color glaze. Wet the sponge with water, and dampen surface. Work one area at a time.

Saturating the surface first allows the glaze to go on fluidly and evenly.


Step 4: Brush on glaze.

Dip the brush 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. 


Step 5: Drag through glaze.

With a clean, dry bristle brush, use a firm hand and begin by dragging the brush evenly through the glaze from the top of the wall to the bottom. This will remove some of the freshly applied glaze from the surface, revealing the base color and producing a dragged, lined texture. 


Step 6: Remove excess glaze from brush.

Regularly wipe the brush dry with a clean rag to remove excess glaze and to insure a fresh drag pattern. Work evenly over surface. 


Step 8: Finish dragging and seal if desired.

Keeping your brush as dry as possible, complete the treatment with one final movement up and down from the beginning of the wall to the end.

For surface protection, apply a water-based varnish after dragged surfaces have dried completely (24 hrs.) for surface protection.

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