Dragging is a faux-painting technique. Dragging creates thin vertical stripes and is best for wood paneling or smooth walls. Dragging can even be done on furniture. The painted effect gives a feeling of silk fabric. For dragging, first a solid background color is chosen. An acrylic paint that contrasts with the background is selected next and painted over the base color. Contrasting colors give a dramatic look to the room. The dragging effect can be kept subtle by selecting similar hues. The acrylic paint is used to create the dragging effect by combing it. The brush used for dragging should be dry. Only oil or acrylic paints are used for dragging, latex paints dry too quickly.
Dragging is done using brushes or plastic combs. The wet outer layer of paint is combed to reveal the inner layer in fine lines. Dragging is a subtractive faux-painting technique. While dragging the glaze applied on the wall is brushed away. Repeated dragging over the same section causes the color to lighten. Different patterns can be created by simply moving the brush differently. Vertical or horizontal waves, basketweave, and cross hatch are some of the popular patterns. The toughest part of this dragging is to keep the lines straight and even. Dragging any room can make it look luxurious and elegant. This technique is not suitable for walls with a heavy texture.
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