Resene paint effects projects, project 08
Limewash was historically a very dilute form of quicklime applied to walls as a protective or decorative coating.
Nowadays we use modern paints to produce a similar effect by applying a translucent or thinned coat of paint over a basecoat. Limewash effects work well over a plastered or textured surface such as Resene Sandtex textured finish.
You can vary the proportion of paint to FX Paint Effects Medium – the more medium added, the more translucent and subtle the finish will be.
Leave some of the basecoat unbrushed or cover very lightly so that there is a variation of colour between the basecoat and the effects finish coat.
Before you start your project try out different combinations and practice your application method on a piece of card until you are happy with the result. Resene FX Paint Effects Medium is available in 60ml testpots from your Resene ColorShop.
Step 1: Apply two coats of the base colour Resene Orchid White and allow to thoroughly dry. If you wish to use a textured basecoat replace the second coat of the base colour with a coat of the desired textured finish tinted to the base colour.
Mix an effects finish of: 3 parts Resene FX Paint Effects Medium, 1 part Resene Putty, 1 part water.
Dip about 10mm of the brush into the effects finish, tap the brush on the side of the container to remove the excess and place a few dabs of colour about 40-50cm apart over the basecoat. Moving the brush quickly in all directions, blend the colours.
Step 2: Use a dry brush to soften and blur the edges. A cotton cloth may be used to dab off heavier areas of effects finish and to help soften or remove brushstrokes.
When the first coat has dried thoroughly, you may apply a second coat to strengthen the colour or use another shade of the same colour to add interest and depth.
Project by Janet Scard. Photography by Joseph Zou.
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