There are many painting techniques that can be used to
paint walls, furniture and objects. One of them is rag
rolling paint technique. This can be used for any object
in the house and is very child friendly. Rag rolling paint
technique is most effective when latex paint is used.
Latex is fast drying and non-toxic therefore child
friendly as well. In this technique of painting a rag is
saturated with paint and the rolled up like a ball and
then it is used to apply the paint to the walls. Hence the
name rag rolling painting. This painting creates an
ornamental rag effect which can be used anywhere in the
house. Here are simple steps that you can follow to create
this effect in your own home.
1. Prepare the surface or wall to be painted by removing
nails and repairing cracks and priming it.
2. Use masking tape or painters tape to tape off ceiling
edges, trim, doorframes etc.
3. Remove all electrical fixtures and switch plates.
4. Cover furniture and exposed floor area with canvas or
plastic drop clothes.
5. Select a base color that has sheen and is a little
darker that the overall color that you would like for the
room. Use latex paints, apply and dry completely.
6. After base color for the secondary color or rag color,
mix base color with about 1/3 the amount of white paint.
The white paint must have the same sheen as the base
color. There is no need to dilute the rag color.
7. Put on disposable gloves, take a clean rag and immerse
it in paint and saturate the rag. The rag should be
completely soaked in the paint.
8. Take a corner of the paint soaked rage and pull through
the thumb and forefinger of the other hand to get rid of
the extra paint.
9. Open the rag and shape it like a ball, using this
"ball" begin working on the wall surface, using a feather
touch and moving your wrist to change the design being
created by the rag.
10. Open the rag at regular intervals and reform into a
"ball" and position properly in your hand. Work all over
the wall in a smooth fashion.
11. While working keep immersing the rag in the paint
periodically and straining through your fingers. This will
refresh the paint.
12. To fill in the edges and corners use a brush dipped in
13. Dispose the used rags properly.
14. Make a note of the colors used, as it will be useful
for touch ups later on.
15. While rag rolling paint you do not have to worry about
irregular patterns or lines appearing on the wall you are
painting. If children mess up a portion of the wall that
has been rag rolled, it can easily be covered up rag
rolling over that portion again.