How to Paint Stippled Stripes
Use tinted glaze and stiff bristles to add a suede-like effect to painted walls
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.
Lay Out the Stripes, Brush On the Glaze
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.
"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