Two-Tone Patina
Steps // Decorative Painting Techniques: Two-Tone Patina
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Prepare the Wall

 
Step One // Decorative Painting Techniques: Two-Tone Patina

Prepare the Wall

Prepare the Wall
Photo by Patrik Rytikangas

•Paint the wall in the base color. Allow to dry.
•When glazing, work in manageable, 5-foot sections so the wall doesn't dry as you work.
•Using a piece of cheesecloth, spread on a coat of clear glaze to help keep the surface workable longer.

 
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Apply the First Color

 
Step Two // Decorative Painting Techniques: Two-Tone Patina

Apply the First Color

Apply the First Color
Photo by Patrik Rytikangas

•Apply the first tinted glaze to the wall with a round glazing brush. Use short, quick wrist movements to make a random, loose X pattern while keeping your elbow steady.

 
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Add the Second Color

 
Step Three // Decorative Painting Techniques: Two-Tone Patina

Add the Second Color

Apply the First Color
Photo by Patrik Rytikangas

•Fill in blank spots on the wall with the second glaze color, using the same wrist flick to make more X's.

 
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Blend the Brush Marks

 
Step Four // Decorative Painting Techniques: Two-Tone Patina

Blend the Brush Marks

Blend the Brush Marks
Photo by Patrik Rytikangas

•Tap a dry stipple brush against the wall, starting at one side and moving slowly and methodically across the work area.
•Tap from the wrist, at the same time twisting the brush like a dial by raising and lowering your elbow.

 
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Blot Excess Glaze

 
Step Five // Decorative Painting Techniques: Two-Tone Patina

Blot Excess Glaze

Blot Excess Glaze
Photo by Patrik Rytikangas

•Crumple a 4-foot section of cheesecloth into a loose ball. Blot the wall, using the same motion as for stippling.
•When the cloth surface is saturated, shake it out and recrumple it. When the whole cloth is soaked, replace it with a new piece.

 
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Smooth Out the Color

 
Step Six // Decorative Painting Techniques: Two-Tone Patina

Smooth Out the Color

Smooth Out the Color
Photo by Patrik Rytikangas

•Take a dry fine brush and stroke it across the glaze to soften any sharp marks.
•Make broad horizontal figure eights with the brush to feather the colors into one another.

 

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