Stippling offers a delicate way to soften the impact of a large expanse of color. The micro-suedelike texture is created by pouncing a flat, square brush against a freshly glazed surface. The bristles lift away the colored glaze to expose the base color, but the freckles are so tiny that from a distance your eye blends them into one shade. You could say that the technique adds a lovely haziness to the color.

Precisely because the effect is subtle, you may want to put it to work in a striped pattern to play it up a bit. Here, we used 2-inch painter's tape over the base coat to create our 2-inch-thick white stripes and simply stippled between them. Suddenly a formerly white wall gets a sophisticated cottage look.
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    Tools List

    • four-foot level
      4-foot level and pencil to create guides for the stripes
    • plastic putty knife
      Plastic putty knife to seal the tape before painting
    • one-and-a-half inch paintbrush
      2½-inch nylon-polyester paintbrush stippling brush to create the finish
    • cleaning rag
      Clean, dry rag to wipe glaze off the stippling brush
    • small plastic bucket
      Cut bucket and liner

    Shopping List

    1. 2-inch delicate-adhesion painter's tape to lay out the stripes

    2. Two disposable cups for measuring paint and glaze

    3. Latex paint in two colors, one for the base coat, one for the glaze coat4. Clear acrylic latex glaze to create a semitranslucent, luminous top coat with an extended working time