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Rainbow white

Since creating my not-really-black Rothko Walls in the living room a couple of years ago, I've been wanting to do a not-really-white version in the bedroom. Today I bought some paint and started experimenting.

The technique starts with six quarts of paint.
Six quarts of wall paint, lids off, showing six near-white pastel colors
(Speaking of colorful, King Cake for Mardi Gras in the lower left--brought to me by my neighbor from Louisiana.)

You daub the paint on with a sopping brush in big, thick strokes. It's a careless, untidy process, super forgiving and easy to do. You can play around with color proportions: here, pure white gets the most brushfuls, beige gets the fewest.
Many heavy brushstrokes of pastel colors on the wall

It's really messy:
detail of multi-pastel brush strokes showing paint dripping down the wall

After you load up a section of wall, you smudge the brushstrokes madly with a lambswool pad before the paint has a chance to set:
Multi-pastel paint smudged together on the wall
Could use a little more smudging to obliterate the brushstrokes and the drips better.

I think I like the result. I'll know more in the morning light when the paint is completely dry.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.


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Mar. 2nd, 2014 03:58 am (UTC)
Ooooo! That looks like *fun*!
Mar. 2nd, 2014 05:06 am (UTC)
I absolutely hate painting, but this technique actually is fun.
Mar. 2nd, 2014 04:17 am (UTC)
You have the most wonderful ideas! (And the patience and eye to execute them!) I'm so glad you're sharing...
Mar. 2nd, 2014 05:09 am (UTC)
I would love to take credit for this technique, but it's not original with me. Someone more adventurous than I am figured it out.
Mar. 2nd, 2014 08:23 am (UTC)
That looks gorgeous. It looks like just the way an artist layers up colour in a painting (I surmise, I'm not artist). And those colours look beautiful together.
Mar. 2nd, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
That's pretty much what my brother the artist said. The result reads as more-or-less white (in my living room, more-or-less black) but the subtlety of the effect is really pleasing.
Mar. 2nd, 2014 01:55 pm (UTC)
I like that! I was idly thinking about sponging the walls in my office, but I might do this instead.
Mar. 2nd, 2014 10:48 pm (UTC)
I recommend this over sponging because it's just so much faster and easier. You have to be assiduous about masking and draping, but the actual painting goes super-fast, and covers almost anything in a single pass. (The exception is in the pictures above, where I tried to cover dark purple with near-white--definitely some primer needed in that case). Cleanup is one brush and one lambswool pad.

Here's the video I learned the method from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbAD1dIqfU0
Mar. 2nd, 2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I saved the video. However, I have wallpaper on everything because the walls are covered with perfectly dreadful paneling that resists nails, drilling, and normal paint--you can get a sheer cover with LOTS of floor enamel, otherwise nope.
Mar. 2nd, 2014 11:51 pm (UTC)
Yikes! That sounds pretty limiting. Ah, the joys of older homes.
Mar. 3rd, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
Oddly, the experimental Kryptonite paneling does not seem to have been sold outside Jersey City.
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