Special effects

Special effects

In the first of a two-part series, we show you how to access your inner artist with Resene’s wonderful world of paint effects.

Paint Effects Tutorial 101

Transform the mundane into the supramundane. By combining Resene testpots with Resene Paint Effects Medium, a myriad of painterly effects can be achieved. 
Whether you’re revitalising a pre-loved piece of furniture or adding textural interest to an entire wall, there is a wide range of paint effects that can be created using a variety of methods; and ragging, colourwashing, antiquing, distressing, sponging, brushing and blending are just a few ways to have fun achieving your desired look.
There are no hard and fast rules, so have fun experimenting with different paint colours and application techniques until you’re satisfied with the end result. 
Use a trial area as a reference board for the whole project and explore various colour palettes and finishes, and see how Resene paints interact and change when added to Resene Paint Effects Medium. 
By subtly adjusting either the basecoat or your chosen Paint Effects Medium topcoat, you can create a whole new effect that may even trump your original vision.
Breathe new life into your interior décor this season with Resene.


How to: Watercolour wash

Step 1: Paint the wall with a basecoat using one of your mid-toned Resene colours and protect any trims and skirting with masking tape.

Step 2: Mix the other colours with Resene Paint Effects Medium to dilute them, and with Resene Hot Weather Additive to slow the drying time.

Step 3: Starting from the bottom, brush on stripes one at a time, with a different colour for each. Make them uneven widths for a more organic, softer look.

Step 4: After each colour is applied, dip a large thick brush in water, and brush over the stripe to blend it with the adjacent one. Allow some of the stripes to drip down the wall. By doing one stripe at a time you will have more control over the dripping and blending.

Effortless Elegance

Effortless Elegance

Bathroom beauty

Bathroom beauty

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