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Hi there. My name is David Harris. I've been an interior exterior commercial and residential painter for the last eleven years and today I'm going to demonstrate some interior decorative painting techniques for you. So the reason you're going to want to do a decorative painting technique is to kind of liven up a room, to give it some life, to make a boring flat plain wall pop a little bit more and be a little bit more interesting. So you can see here that I've laid down just a simple base coat. This is kind of a medium brown color and what I'm going to do now is I'm going to lay on top a top coat or another color that's going to contrast with the base coat. All three of the techniques I'm going to use today are going to take advantage of the base coat coming through the top coat and so it's very important when you're selecting your colors that you pick two colors that are going to compliment each other and not fight against each other. Alright so the first technique I'm going to show you today is called combing and the reason it's called coming is because it's done with just a simple little household comb that you can find anywhere. So to get this project started you're going to start with a four inch brush and you're going to want to make sure it's nice and malleable, nice and wet and then you take your top coat and I just got this nice creamy little yellow here and you're going to put it on very thickly. You're going to want it to be pretty dense on the wall. You don't want to put a thin coat on because if you put a thin coat on it's not going to work for what we're trying to do here. Make sure you've got lots and lots of paint on this wall and then you might want to after you've got it kind of surfaced you might want to go over it one more time just to add a little bit more paint on there. Then after we do that, you're going to take your comb and you're going to drag the comb through the paint. What's really important to note when you're doing the combing technique is that you're going to want to do it immediately after you paint because if you don't do it immediately after you paint you're just going to be peeling off some big chunks of paint more like a paint scraper than a comb. So you're going to want to get it while it's nice and wet not while it's clumping together. So the second decorative painting technique we're going to talk about today is called bagging and it's called bagging because the primary tool is a simple plastic gag that you get from your grocery store. What you're going to do for bagging is you're going to crumple the bag up into a little ball that fits inside your hand and you're going to get this nice little texture on your bag and you're just going to lightly dip it in your paint. Sometimes it helps just to get a little bit of the paint off of the bag before you put it on the wall and you're just going to dab it on the wall, just really lightly, kind of like you're putting powder makeup on or something along those lines and I like to make big hand motions while I'm doing this. What you don't want to do is get really big clumps of paint on the wall because clumping paint together kind of kills the effect of this look. You want it to be really sparsely, sparsely populated on the wall. My name is David Harris. I want to thank you for joining me today and that is how you do some simple decorative painting techniques for the interior of your home.