Interior Faux Stone Panels – Ragging is a faux finish technique that uses a cloth to produce a speckled decorative effect. Ragging can be done negatively where laps are use to remove glazes. Or ragging can be done positively where laps are use to apply glazes to the walls. Either way, you choose to do it, ragging is a simple faux end. That most DIY’er can do without too much trouble. The positive ragging technique consists of a base coat and one or two. Colors being tatter over a base coat with a mixture of paint and glaze.
A simple color scheme consists of two or three colors in the same color family. For example, you can choose two or three beige colors. One for the base coat and the other two combine with a mixture of paint or glaze. You can make the darkest base layer of the three or the brightest of the three colors. Each of which will have a slightly different look. You can finish it all with a thin white wash which is ragging to blend and soften all the colors together if you want. Try your color choices on the illustration board and make the examples finish before starting in the actual room.
By ragging on, your base coat will show and play a big role in the overall finish. Paint the whole room with a base coat and let it dry. The glaze is add to the ragged layer to paint some transparency and to help paint hold a pattern. You can use the same luster as your ragging as you would for your base coat or use a slightly higher luster to give the technique a bit more luster and a bit more appeal. For example, if you use a flat for a base coat you can use satin for one of your ragged and semi-gloss colors for a ragged second color.
After applying the cloth to the roll, you bring the cloth to the wall and start smearing the paint on the wall with the cloth by patting. Turn the laps as you go to avoid repetitive patterns from the laps. Rag paint at random, step back from time to time to check the overall balance of the technique. Do not fill too much with the first color, leave plenty of open base coats to appear for the second layer and tattered colors.