Creating a Ragged Paint Effect

Ragged Painting

Materials Needed 

  • Dulux Acrylic Sealer Undercoat
  • Dulux acrylic base colour of your choice
  • Dulux top coat paint, colour of your choice
  • A collection of dry, lint free cloths sized about 0.5m x 0.5m
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paint Roller

Note: The success of your special paint effect will depend on the consistency of your technique. We recommend you practise on trial samples until you are happy with the effect and comfortable that you can duplicate the technique on your final surface.

Prepare your Wall

All surfaces to be painted must be firm, clean and dry.
If the surface has been previously painted and it’s in poor condition, the area should be sanded to give a sound surface.
Fill in cracks or dents where necessary.
Apply Dulux Acrylic Sealer Undercoat.
Note: Paints must be thoroughly stirred before and during application.

1) Apply Base Colour

Using a paint roller, apply 2 coats of acrylic base colour and allow it to dry thoroughly.
We have used Dulux Haze as our base colour. (See Pic 1)

mitre10 rag 1

2) Apply Top Coats

Roll on another colour of acrylic paint as your top coat with a standard roller, 10mm sleeve as if you were painting the wall (cutting in where required with a paint brush.)
If you’re working alone, paint a manageable area, approximately 1 metre across the wall – this will maintain a wet edge. If two people work together, the first person applies the top colour coat using the standard roller and the second person follows with the bunched up rag or cloth.
We have used Dulux Colour Effects, Florentine Blue as our second coat. (See Pic 2)

mitre10 rag 2

3) Ragging 

By removing the top layer of paint with a bunched rag, a textured look of crushed velvet is created.
The dry lint free cloth/rag is held loosely in a bunch (not rolled into a sausage). Use a cloth that is large in size – about 0.5m x 0.5m, rather than using a small cloth. Have a collection of rags ready to used. Wear gloves to keep clean.
The bunched cloth should be lightly dabbed across the wall. Change the shape of the cloth regularly. Once the cloth is laden with paint, change to a new clean cloth.Our combination included: Base colour = Dulux Haze and Colour Effects = Florentine Blue.
mitre10 rag 3
Alternative colour combinations for ragging:

Base colour Pure Cream and Colour Effect Classic Ochre or

mitre10 rag 4

Base colour Tortoise and Colour Effect Monacco Green (See Pic 5)
mitre10 rag 5

Keep in mind that the colours you see on your screen may be different to the actual paint colour. (This is due to different monitor settings and resolutions.) We recommend that you test all colour schemes with colour cards and test pots.

Les Kenny started as a hobby for Les Kenny over eight years ago when he decided he would share his successful DIY projects with the wider world, putting them up online for anyone to access.

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