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Stippling is a pointilliste paint effect, similar to, but finer than sponging. It is done in the same way, using the same kinds of paint, but the paint is applied with a special brush to deposit speckles of colour. Because the Finish has to be evenly applied with a somewhat mechanical rectangle of stiff bristles, it is trickier than the soft clouds of colour produced by sponging.
A soothing treatment for panelled walls and wooden floors, a blue-green colourwash was a frequent element of nineteenth-century painted interiors. It had counterparts in America, Scandinavia and the Regency Green of English country houses, so if it suits your home, you will be following in a strong tradition.
The wash was originally mixed in situ by itinerant painters whose repertoire of materials included the earth pigment terra verde (green earth), which is the heart of the traditional blue-green tone, and was mixed with egg white and buttermilk.
Traditional Blue-Green GREY TURQUOISE BRUSHES BURNT UMBER OIL PAINT
You can recreate the soothing charm of the blue-green finish without using the original ingredients.
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Apply shellac (diluted with two parts meths) to the bare wood, using a household-quality brush. Leave this to dry.
2 Using a good quality brush, apply a layer of blue patchily. After drying, paint an even, flat coat of green on top.
3 When the paint is dry, rub it back gently using damp wet-and-dry paper, to reveal blue through green, and hints of grain.
4tVhen the surface is wiped and dry, mix one part burnt umber oil paint with ten parts white spirit. Brush on and wipe off.