In Eastern Europe, there has long been a tradition of using textured rollers to create an instant pattern on a wall using a slightly watered down emulsion paint. I sourced a few rollers from eBay recently and had a go myself on both a wall and some fabric.
If you are painting a wall, using a plumb chalk line is a good idea for your first line, to make sure that you are rolling straight. It is a lot easier starting in the centre than right by a corner for your first attempt, but as you get more confidant, it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to do a whole wall. This really is instant pattern!
I found that the rollers work best when painting over a matt emulsion rather than a silk, as the silk paints give a surface that that is more slippy – making it harder to roll with getting streak effects. A light, even pressure and speed is best if you have the confidence to go for it! I used Annie Sloan Chalk paints, which also give you a bit of working time, so if you need to correct an area with a damp sponge and re-roll, you can.
Having experimented on the walls, I then found a bit of old sheeting to decorate. My next step is to wash and see how much of the pattern stays in, but I see a good way of creating new soft furnishing in my colours with this technique! More experimenting required.
Finding new techniques and products is guaranteed to keep your creativity flowing as your existing techniques will merge with the new to create your own signature style.
~ Creative Clinic 25