Step 1: Lay Out the Stripes, Brush On the Glaze

hand laying out stripes and brushing on glaze for stipple stripes paint effect «»
Run 2-inch painter's tape along the top of the wall, sealing the edges with a plastic putty knife; this will be the narrow, base-coat-color stripe. Measure and mark a spot 4 inches below the bottom of the tape; extend a line from this point with tick marks across the wall using a level. This will be the wide, stippled stripe. Line up the tape with the tick marks to create the next narrow stripe. And so on, to finish the pattern.

Using two disposable cups, mix equal parts of the top-coat color and glaze in a lined cut bucket. Starting at the left side of the top stripe, brush on a section of glaze about 4 feet wide.

Pro Advice
"To get the pattern to finish evenly, angle a tape measure from ceiling to baseboard until it lands on a number divisible by one pairing of stripes—here, it's 6 inches. Now simply mark along the tape at 6, 12, 18 inches and so on, to get an even spacing of tick marks to guide your taping." —Mark Powers, TOH Senior Technical Editor
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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