Renovations, Walls and Floors

Get the Tapestry Look

Judd van Rensburg and Heather Boting

Featured in our 2016 Before & After issue, the Tapestry paint effect is light, wispy and ethereal and can easily turn a wall into a statement piece in a home. It's also relatively easy to achieve if you just have the know-how. Below you'll find the steps to take to create this layered aesthetic, supplied by Claire Bond, paint effects and colour specialist for Kansai Plascon, who put together the look for us along with Fotini de Araujo, the owner of Designer Brushworx.

Step 1:

This is a layering effect that uses multiple colours, so you need to first choose the number of shades, and hence layers, you want. Anything between two and 10 layers works, but the more layers the more exotic the effect. In this case, five Plascon colours were used: Springbok Chest, Peach Dawn, Revenge, Big Blue Star and Red Wine with White as a base colour.

Step 2:

Mix each colour in a separate paint tray using one-third Acrylic Scumble Glaze (a clear, water-based medium suitable for paint techniques and giving colour translucence), one-third paint and one-third water.

Step 3:

Lay on the first glaze mixture using a quality brush of 75mm or larger. Drag the brush from the top to the bottom of the wall, covering the white base colour. Tapestry1

Step 4:

Allow this layer to dry for an hour or speed up this process using fans. Tapestry2

Step 5:

Paint the next colour over the first layer using a horizontal, cloud-like movement. While the paint is still wet, use a dry 100mm brush to pull the wet paint from left to right and stretch it over the surface. The idea is to make the colour fade away in wisps. Tapestry3

Step 6:

Allow this layer to dry and then repeat step 5 as many times as is necessary using the remaining colours. Tapestry4 Tapestry6 TapestryIn