Crinkle Paper Painting Technique

If you want to add texture and personality to your walls, you can use a decorative painting technique that does not require too much prep work. It is not even necessary to apply a base coat to achieve the desired look.

Things you need

  • Tissue paper
  • Paint tray
  • 3/8 roller and handle
  • Old paintbrush or bristle brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Latex paints
  • Antiquing glaze

Steps to Follow

  1. Dust baseboards using an old paintbrush or china bristle brush. Trim and crown the molding before you use a painter’s tape to seal them off. You can avoid paint from seeping in between pieces by overlapping the seams by an inch.
  2. In a corner, start painting an area that is slightly bigger than tissue paper that you are going to use. Crinkle the tissue, open it up and adhere to the wet paint surface. This will create the texture and if you want a slightly smoother finish, smoothen the surface with your fingers. Paint over the tissue paper and tear off the excess paper around the edges of the wall, in the corners and baseboards.
  3. Continue in a horizontal line across the wall. Overlap the tissue paper each time and be sure to arrange the tissue in neat rows. This will ensure that are no flat areas in the surface and you will have a more uniform look. Repeat process on the other surface of the walls inside the room.

Additional Tips

  • To protect the baseboards, it is best to use a painter’s tape that has paper attached to it
  • In painting corners, moldings and areas near baseboards, it is best to use a small paintbrush to apply the paint. This will help you achieve an even look and ensure that you are not missing any areas that are otherwise hard to paint using a big brush.
  • You can achieve an Old World feel by color washing the walls with antiquing glaze.

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