Updated: Jun 24
Stuccoing, fronting, stippling, or batik. These words may not tell you anything, but after reading today's article, you will definitely know what it is. Today we will focus on decorative room painting techniques. If you live so-called "in your own" or just rent an apartment whose owner is benevolent in interior design, you are probably thinking about design a little more than in some temporary housing. If you are considering how to liven up the interior so that it is not boring, you may want a more representative living room or a more playful children's room. So let's imagine some of the alternative ways of painting, maybe some of them will excite you!
Let's start with a technique that you can handle yourself at home - stippling. Stippling mimics the appearance of some natural materials (such as cork). It fits right into living spaces or bedrooms. However, we recommend not painting the whole room in this way, but only a part of it. This is the only way to achieve the desired wow effect.
What's more, stippling is no science, and you don't need to buy other tools that could later roll in the garage in addition to other unnecessary things. Although there are special blunt brushes, you can get the right effect with a sponge, a piece of old rag, or foam.
In terms of colour, you'll need two - one for a lighter background and the other one that you'll stipple. For this method, it is advisable to reach for neutral or pastel colours. Forget about the neon green!
The application is relatively simple. First, paint the desired wall with a lighter colour and let the foundation dry properly. The great advantage of stippling is the fact that it is suitable for a smooth and structured base. Then we take a sponge or cloth, which we squeeze in the water. Then we soak it in paint and start imprinting it on the wall. Caution - do not put too much pressure on the sponge, it would clog the pores on the wall. Repeat this process until you are satisfied with the result.
Another of the painting techniques, namely fronting, works on a similar principle. The beginning is basically the same as for stippling and the same rules apply to it. So we will need two colours of different shades and we will also apply a colour to the wall that we will let dry. We will start painting the second layer, which can be either darker or lighter (it doesn't matter here compared to stippling), with a paintbrush or roller. We put a crumpled newspaper on the wet wall, which we then remove. After removal, we will see how the bottom and top coat intertwine, creating an interesting detail on the wall.
The fronting can also be performed with the help of food foil. Unlike newspapers, however, no colour is absorbed into it. Therefore, we leave the foil "stuck" on the wall before the paint starts to dry, at that moment we peel it off from the base.
As with stippling, we recommend using the front only on a part of the painting so that the walls do not get tiring for us!
Batik also follows previous techniques. We will apply a different colour to the already dried primer in a different way. As with classic batik, we will need some piece of fabric. However, we will not paint it, but we will use it as a means of painting. We can use any fabric - the more structured, the more interesting the shapes. An old curtain, corduroy, lace, or any piece of old fabric that is lying around your home can be useful. However, make sure that the fabric is made of a natural material.
We roll the fabric into a roller, soak it in paint (don't forget to squeeze the excess paint so that it does not run down the wall), and then roll the rag as evenly as possible along the wall from the bottom up or in any direction along the wall. Make sure that you spread the paint evenly so that you do not have places where there will be too much or too little paint. And last but not least, it's easier to have someone roll a rag on the wall with you. Invite your loved ones or friends to an afternoon with colours!
Another way to revive even a part of the walls is the veining method (sometimes nicknamed plucking or combing). To some, the resulting effect resembles a cloth. In addition, you can handle this technique yourself. The whole trick is to start digging thin lines into the still-wet paint using hard bristles from a paintbrush. Be careful to scratch the grooves in one go. The dashed lines do not look good.
The last technique, which is also suitable for amateur painters, is the use of templates and patterns. You can create various geometric patterns, whether simple or more complex, with the help of painting tape. In addition, this method is very playful, so if you have children, you can also involve them in painting. With their help, you can also create a variety of printers, which you can then print anywhere on the wall as you like. With this technique, you can decorate, for example, a children's room, which directly encourages playfulness!
In a more sophisticated way, there are templates specially created for painting, which you buy at any of the DIY stores. These templates, or patterns, then have several attachment points to help you follow the pattern on the wall. If you are more skilled, you can try to play with more colours. You will need separate swatches for each colour, but the result will be all the more interesting.
Venetian and Moroccan stucco
At the end of this article, let's talk about stucco. Respectively about the imitation of stucco. This technique is really for skilled professionals and only a few amateurs dare to do it. If you are still interested in stucco, we recommend leaving it to experts. But what is stucco?
Stuccoing is used in rooms where there are walls of different materials because it can optically unify their appearance. It is suitable for essentially any type of foundation; not only masonry but also concrete panels, plaster, and also chipboard is suitable. The result is a smooth, glossy finish that looks like marble.
We recognize two types, both of which are very luxurious techniques that are suitable for more representative or larger spaces. Venetian stucco, which was used in medieval Venice, can also be used in areas with higher humidity, which it can withstand due to its properties. Other features, you are sure to appreciate, include a maintenance-free and washable surface. The appearance and features really resemble marble. The only difference between Venetian stucco and marble is the fact that the stucco has no joints.
Moroccan stucco is very similar to Venetian. However, it is a bit more sophisticated and durable. You can use it in the bathroom or directly in the shower. In the past, it was used in spas. He acquired these qualities since in the end it is still smoothed with stone, which is not the case with Venetian stucco.