Special wall paint effects

Updated April 17, 2017

A special wall paint effect may be just the thing your plain, drab walls need to create an elegant setting in your home. With a little effort and the proper supplies, faux painting can be achieved by even a novice painter.

Tissue Paper

Paint a section of the wall with a base coat of your preference. Crumple one sheet of tissue paper and open it back up. Place the tissue paper on the wet paint starting in the very corner of the wall. Add more crumpled tissue paper over the other sections of the wall that contain the wet paint. Apply a coat of paint over the tissue paper. Continue the process in a patterned format either horizontally or vertically on the wall.

Ragging On

Paint the wall with a base coat of your choice that will serve as the background colour. Allow the paint to dry. Dip a scrunched up soft cotton cloth in a roller tray that has been filled with the paint colour of your preference. Blot off any excess paint. Dab the rag on the wall in a varied pattern working in a section measuring roughly three feet squared. Continue the process by re-dipping and occasionally re-scrunching the rag until the wall has been covered evenly. For extra large surfaces, switch to a fresh cloth.

Ragging Off

Paint a section of the wall measuring three feet by three feet. Crumple a soft cotton cloth. Dab the crumpled rag on the wet paint. Turn the rag slightly and dab again. Continue the process until the entire section of wet paint has been dabbed. Switch to a new rag as the cloth becomes saturated.

Rag Rolling

Paint the entire surface of a wall with a base coat. Let the paint dry completely. Dip a soft cotton cloth measure two feet by two feet into a roller pan that is filled with paint. Wring out any excess paint. Crumple the rag into a sausage-like shape. Starting at the bottom corner of the wall, hold the rag with your two hands between your fingers and lightly press it against the wall. Roll the rag by crawling it upwards across the surface of the wall. Work in a small area measuring approximately three feet squared. Re-dip and re-crumple the rag as needed. Continue the process over the entire wall.


Paint the wall with a colour that will serve as the background for your textured wall. Dampen a sea sponge with water and wring it out. Gently dip the sponge into a roller pan that is filled with paint being careful not to saturate the sponge. Blot off any excess paint. Press the sponge against the wall lightly. Rotate the sponge in your hand and dab it against the wall again. Reapply paint to the sponge as needed. Continue the process until the entire wall is covered.

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