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Decorative Paint Techniques: Whisking

Let's take a look at a decorative technique called Whisking. This technique gives the appearance of silk string wall coverings, and can give any room a subtle and elegant look. Before whisking, you need to start with a good basecoat. An eggshell or semi-gloss finish is recommended so your topcoat will be easy to spread with the whisk broom. Once your basecoat is completely dry, you're ready to start whisking. Starting in a corner, roll on a stripe of paint from top to bottom, using a brush to fill in areas near the ceiling, trims or edges. Immediately, while the paint is still wet, drag the whisk broom down the wall all the way to the bottom in one stroke. Apply enough pressure to create string like stripes. It's a good idea to mask off woodwork at the bottom where excess paint may flow. Use a paper towel to dab off the whisk broom and roll on the next stripe of paint. If it overlaps a little, that's ok, just make sure you go back over that area with the whisk broom. Remember, when whisking, it is very important that you complete an entire wall without stopping. If you don't, your topcoat will not have a uniform look. Also, be sure to select enough contrast in the colors so your whisking efforts will be seen.


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