Soft Flow

Paints running into each other create delicate patterns and produce a great batik effect

Apart from the paint, water is the key requirement for this effect. It is the absence of brush strokes that makes this wall effect so appealing. This only works using our nonwoven wallcoverings as the base surface, as they are capable of withstanding large amounts of water without bulging or warping . Good preparation is crucial: make sure that your paints and  tools are within easy reach when you start. You need to work quickly to get a good result. 

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The technique

Do a test run on a large piece of nonwoven wallcovering to help you work out how much water you need to make the paint run. On a warm summer’s day you will need a relatively large amount of water before the paint starts to run. You can achieve the best effect using paint diluted with a little water, which can be brushed on more quickly and produces the best ‘running’ effects. 

1. First use a soft shade of paint to paint the wall. 

2. When the wall is dry, draw four horizontal lines about 25 centimetres apart. 

3. Spray water onto the bottom line.

4. Draw a brush stroke line of paint with the darkest shade.

5. Quickly spray with water so that the paint begins to run.

6. The paint will immediately run in an exciting, varied pattern.

7. Do the same with the next line up: first spray with water, then draw a long brush stroke line of paint etc.

8. Finally, spray again with water until the paint starts to run. 

List of tools for this creative technique

  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Ruler
  • Spirit level
  • Pencil
  • Spray bottle
  • Stirring rods

List of materials