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Difficulty: Easy
Measuring and taping the pattern takes time, but the stippling itself goes fast once you get into a rhythm.

Stippling offers a delicate way to soften the impact of a large expanse of color. The micro-suedelike texture is created by pouncing a flat, square brush against a freshly glazed surface. The bristles lift away the colored glaze to expose the base color, but the freckles are so tiny that from a distance your eye blends them into one shade. You could say that the technique adds a lovely haziness to the color.

Precisely because the effect is subtle, you may want to put it to work in a striped pattern to play it up a bit. Here, we used 2-inch painter’s tape over the base coat to create our 2-inch-thick white stripes and simply stippled between them. Suddenly a formerly white wall gets a sophisticated cottage look.


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