PaintPRO, Vol. 9, No. 4
July/August 2007
PaintPRO, Vol 9 No 4

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Majestic Blue Shimmer Wall Finish - Step 6

 

 

Majestic Blue Shimmer Wall Finish

Here, the Kelly S. King Academy shares a variation of a finish taught in its popular class “Mastering Architectural and Designer Wall Finishes.”
by Kelly S. King, Kelly S. King Academy of Faux Painting and Decorative Finishing

The Majestic Blue Shimmer finish involves layers of color with a clear transparent troweled medium. Many troweled textures are generally opaque or translucent, neither of which allow light to completely penetrate. A texture that holds body and is transparent will allow light to penetrate the layers and reflect off of the underlying base coat, giving an incredible depth of field not found in many other finishes. The transparent texture is a clear acrylic wax-like material that is applied in thin or sheer layers. You can tint the transparent texture in different colors for each layer using special transparent colorants, metallic paints or metallic glazes, creating endless layered wax-like effects.

Majestic Blue Shimmer Wall Finish - Step 1
Majestic Blue Shimmer Wall Finish - Step 1a
Above 2 images: Step 1
Majestic Blue Shimmer Wall Finish - Step 2
Step 2
Majestic Blue Shimmer Wall Finish - Step 3
Step 3
Majestic Blue Shimmer Wall Finish - Step 4
Step 4
Majestic Blue Shimmer Wall Finish - Step 5
Step 5
Step 6: See photo at top.

This finish is a big hit with interior designers and homeowners for bathrooms, bedrooms and ceilings. Using your imagination, you could create several color variations of this finish by altering the colors used.

Products Used

  • Modern Masters Platinum Line Transparent Trowel Coat � Clear
  • Modern Masters Metallic Paint �Venetian Blue
  • Perfetto Metallic Paints � Chardonnay and Coco Bolo
  • Perfetto-Metallic Glaze � Iridescent Blue
  • Proceed Slow Drying Fluid Acrylics � Raw Umber

Tools Used
Japanese pointed trowel made for sheer coats.

Process Used
Prior to applying the base coat below, you should be sure your wall surface has been properly prepared and is free of drywall defects such as dents, dings, nail holes, nail pops and cracks.

Step 1
The Majestic Blue Shimmer finish starts with a base coat of Modern Masters Venetian Blue rolled on. Apply two coats, sanding between the first and second coat to make the base coat smoother.

Step 2
Tint 32 ounces of Modern Masters Transparent Trowel Coat with 1 ounce of Proceed Raw Umber. Trowel the tinted Trowel Coat on in thin layers, leaving some heavier marks randomly.

Step 3
Mix 16 ounces of Transparent Trowel Coat with 16 ounces of Perfetto Coco Bolo. Trowel the Coco Bolo mix on in thin sheer layers all over the surface, leaving some heavier marks randomly.

Step 4
Mix 16 ounces of Transparent Trowel Coat with 16 ounces of Perfetto Chardonnay. Trowel the Chardonnay mix on in thin sheer layers all over the surface, leaving some heavier marks randomly.

Step 5
Mix 16 ounces of Transparent Trowel Coat with 16 ounces of Perfetto Iridescent Blue. Trowel the Iridescent Blue mix on in thin sheer layers all over the surface, leaving some heavier marks randomly.

Photo 6
A close-up of the finish.

 

Kelly S. King is founder of the Kelly S. King Academy of Faux Painting and Decorative Finishing, which trains professional painting contractors in the art of the painted decorative finish. The Academy�s �Mastering Architectural and Designer Wall Finishes� class is designed to help contractors improve their businesses.
(800) 930-3289
www.kskacademy.com

 

 

 
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