NOTE: To achieve the water colour paint effect as illustrated in the Plascon 2015 Colour Forecast, customers must ask their retailer to order the Scumble GSL 2 especially for them as it cannot be found on shelves easily.
TO ACHIEVE THE WATER COLOUR PAINT EFFECT
- Decide on your base paint colours and purchase enough for the wall area.
- Purchase 1L Acrylic Scumble and 1L Caribbean Current.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Chalk, glad wrap, a 75mm Ensign Hamilton Brush, metholated spirits, an old used toothbrush, 2 X 50mm brushes, a sponge roller and handle, a paint tray and a bucket to mix glaze.
STEPS FOR ACHIEVING THE WATER COLOUR PAINT EFFECT
1. Paint the base colour using Plascon Dried Leaf Code EC 25 in Plascon Double Velvet.
2. Tear off pieces of glad wrap 60cm sheets or bigger. You will need enough to apply to the entire shape. One roll divided into about 30 sheets should be enough.
3. Allow the base coat to dry for half a day.
4. Using white chalk or pale blue chalk, draw your shape as an outline. The shape should look a bit like Africa!
5. Mix up 50% Acrylic Scumble and 50% G6-C1-1 Caribbean Current in a bucket to create a glaze.
6. Using a clean 50mm brush, dip it into your bucket of glaze (as per the above recipe) and evenly paint on a thin layer of this solution.
Note: Acrylic Scumble is a paint retarder and stops paint drying to quickly as well as keeping the paint from dripping.
7. While the paint is still wet, apply the sheets of glad wrap in separate pieces to the painted shape, wait 20 seconds, then remove the glad wrap.
Note: This creates a very interesting marble-like effect which, although not as soft as the water colour paint effect image in our 2015 Colour Forecast, looks textured and interesting.
8. Once you have removed the glad wrap, and while the paint is still wet (by now it should be tacky) use a very clean and soft good quality 75mm Hamiltons fibre-glass brush and gently brush over the paint – smoothing and blending it, so that the effect loses its texture and blurs out some texture, but do not brush so hard that you loose all the texture you have just made with the glad wrap.
- If you prefer your water colour paint effect to be smooth, brush over the entire design.
- If you like a bit of texture caused by the glad wrap with some smooth areas, then only soften here and there to get it smooth and leave areas textured.
9. Finally dip an old toothbrush (or a 50mm brush) into the metholated spirits, pull the bristles back and splatter the metholated spirits on the tacky painted surface. It will react with the paint and create little holes – making it look like it has little bubbles.
10. While still wet, use the dry clean soft 75mm brush and wipe over these splattered areas to soften the water colour paint effect and smooth it out until you are happy with the result.