Plascon DIY Water Effect with Paint

Step-by-step paint guide for achieving the DIY Water Effect as seen in the Plascon Colour Forecast 2015


NOTE: Those interested in creating the Plascon DIY Water Effect must ask their retailer to order the Acrylic Scumble (GSL 2) as it cannot be found on the shelves easily.

  1. Decide on your base paint colours and purchase enough product for the wall area.
  2. Purchase 1L Acrylic Scumble and 1L Caribbean Current.
  3. You will need: chalk, glad wrap, 75mm Ensign Hamilton Brush, methylated spirits, an old/used toothbrush, 2 x 50mm brushes, a sponge-roller and handle, a paint tray and a bucket to mix glaze.
Plascon DIY Water Effect with Paint

DIY Water Effect as seen in the Plascon Colour Forecast 2015.


Using a pencil, create the shape as per our brochure (it is a bit like the shape of Africa)! Once you have the shape you can create the DIY water effect within it. As a final touch, outline the pencil using a good, stable brush to finish it off (so as not to see the pencil marks).

  • Paint the base colour using Plascon Dried Leaf (Code EC 25) in Plascon Double Velvet.
  • Tear off pieces of glad wrap (60cm sheets or bigger). You will need enough to apply to the entire shape (1 roll divided into about 30 sheets should be enough).
  • Allow the base coat to dry for half a day.
  • Using white chalk or pale blue chalk, draw your shape as an outline.
  • Mix up 50% Acrylic Scumble and 50% G6-C1-1 Caribbean Current in a bucket. This is your glaze.
  • Using a clean 50mm brush, dip it into your  glaze and evenly paint on a thin layer of this solution.

The Acrylic Scumble is a paint retarder and stops the paint drying too quickly as well as preventing the paint from dripping.

  • While the paint is wet, apply the sheets of glad wrap in separate pieces to the painted shape. Wait 20 seconds and then remove the glad wrap.

This creates a very interesting marble-like effect, which although not as soft as the image in our 2015 Colour Forecast, looks textured and interesting.

  • 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 fiberglass brush and gently brush over the paint – smoothing and blending it, so that the effect loses it 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 DIY water 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 some areas textured.
  • Finally, dip a toothbrush (or a 50mm brush) into methylated spirits. Pull the bristles back and splatter the methylated spirits onto the tacky painted surface. It will react with the paint and create little holes – making it look like it has little bubbles.
  • While still wet,  use the dry, clean soft 75mm brush to wipe over these splattered areas to soften the DIY water effect and smooth it out until you are happy with the result!


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