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Ragging and Stippling

 Ragging and Stippling are finishes which are produced after the paint/glaze applied is modified with a brush, rag or newspaper. Ragging and Stippling should be done only after the surface is cleaned and well prepared. Ideally a surface that is painted with two coats of latex primer is suitable for Ragging and Stippling.

Ragging and Stippling can be applied on water based glazes but for a better finish, an oil based mixture of at least 50% scumble glaze is recommended.

Stippling is a more technical finish and is better to complete in one layer. When stippling, the glaze is to be applied evenly. Then a dry stippling brush or wallpaper brush is used to create the effect. Stippling can also be done using a rag or cloth. The glaze is dabbed with the brush or rag, turning the hand while dabbing. If the surface starts too look too glazy then the brush is too wet. Stippling is a delicate effect which creates color filaments. The glaze is tinted with artist’s oils rather than eggshell.
Ragging can be developed in different layers. The glaze is applied with a small brush. The glaze is then worked using light brush strokes to create a basket weave effect.
For Ragging and Stippling, either a latex paint cut with a latex based glaze, or an oil-based glaze tinted with desired color can be used. Ragging and Stippling are easy finishes to learn.  
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