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create a watercolour wall

From Habitat magazine - issue 26, autumn/winter 2017

This dreamy watercolour paint effect is surprisingly easy to do.

Its randomness is part of the charm, so don’t worry if yours doesn’t come out looking exactly like this.

You will need:

Step one
Paint the wall with a basecoat using one of your mid-toned colours; we used Resene Castaway. Protect any trims and skirting with masking tape.

Step two
Mix the other colours with Resene Paint Effects Medium to dilute them, and with Resene Hot Weather Additive to slow the drying time.

Step three
(below left) Starting from the bottom, brush on stripes of the different colours, one at a time. Make them uneven widths for a more organic, softer look.

Step four
(bottom left) After each colour is applied, dip the large thick brush in water, and brush over the stripe to blend it with the adjacent one. Allow some of the stripes to drip down the wall. Doing one stripe at a time gives you more control over the dripping and blending.

The watercolour wall effect
Top left: step three. Bottom left: Step four. Floor and skirting in Resene Double Alabaster, textured pot in Resene Celebrate. Props Cushions from James Dunlop Textiles

Paint effects and styling: Greer Clayton
Picture: Melanie Jenkins

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