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What Are Watercolor Wall Paint Techniques?

Updated February 21, 2017

Watercolour paint can bring a unique look to an ordinary and lacklustre wall. Applying watercolour paint on a wall can be a simple process; it requires a few basic tools to make it a success. Watercolours are perfect for walls because the transparent look provides a dual colour with the original white wall as the base colour. You have the option of using any colour you desire to brighten your walls. There are also various techniques you can use to create a customised wall.

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Colorwash is the process of painting a wall with watercolours. Watercolours are thinner than your standard paint and it is usually used in paintings and other types of art. This style can give your walls and home a unique look. If you are a beginner, it may be best to purchase the colorwash kit at your local home goods or art and crafts store. This kit consists of a few watercolours to get you started, as well a cloth and protective gloves. Once applied, you get a transparent finish, which allows light to travel through the colour. The sunlight will add richness and depth to your walls.

Application of Watercolor on Wall

The process of mixing and applying the watercolour is quite simple. If your walls are flat without any gloss, you will need to mix half water and half watercolour paint. If you have semigloss on your walls, you will need to mix 25 per cent per cent water and 75 per cent watercolour paint. You should mix the combination until the exact colour is achieved. Put on the latex gloves that is supplied in the kit. You will then dip the cloth in the watercolour mixture and apply the cloth to the wall. Move the cloth in a circular motion and continue this process until the watercolour paint is completely on the wall. Allow the paint to dry overnight.


Apply the base colour on the wall as specified in section two and choose a colour to use for your stripes. Mix your colour for the stripes and use the cloth to apply the colour in a downward motion. You can use painter's tape to make even stripes. The stripes on the wall will give smaller rooms a sense of depth and space. This technique will also brighten an ordinary room.


For this process you will need to design a pattern. After the pattern has been designed, you will need to transfer that pattern onto acetate or oil board to create a stencil. You can purchase both acetate and oil board at your nearest arts and crafts store. Tape the stencil onto the wall in any location you desire and use the cloth to apply the watercolour paint to the stencil, creating the pattern on the wall.


Measure the wall to determine where you would like to place the gingham design. Measure from the top down and mark every seven inches. Continue by measuring horizontally, from side to side. Place painter's tape from the top down, to make the vertical stripes. Apply watercolour paint in-between the tape. Allow the paint to dry overnight and continue the next set of horizontal stripes the next day. Place painter's tape horizontally and apply watercolour paint in-between the tape. There should be squares that are darker than others. Now there should be multiple stripes, vertically and horizontally.

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About the Author

Based in New Jersey, Ashley Leonard has been writing professionally since 2007. Her articles have appeared on rsportscars.com and various other websites. Leonard holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marymount Manhattan College.

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