This section provides a list of techniques, materials, and common references that are frequently used in the design and decorative painting profession.


A technique that involves the use of a rag to manipulate or remove glaze off the wall, after having brushed or rolled it onto the wall. Either you decide on heavily imprinting the rag into the glaze for a more rustic look, or you use the rag as a buffer to crush the glaze and leave a soft film on the wall bearing a soft mottled effect. Ragging is a technique also used to prepare a background for faux stone, or faux burl. It allows you as well to mix several colors together. It is possible to obtain a shading away effect, or ombre, by removing more and more glaze as you work your way from the floor up to the ceiling, exposing almost, at the level of the ceiling, the basecoat.