Modern technologies allow creating harmonious and stylish interiors with a minimum cost of labor and funds using a long-known and well-proven finishing material - good old paint.learn more
A skillfully painted surface can compete with the brightness, multicolor and richness of texture even with the most expensive and sophisticated wallpapers, and in some cases it has every right to be called a real work of art. Such results can be achieved even independently, having mastered the system of certain artistic techniques, which in modern design is known as alfrey works.
Wall painting involves a combination of various basic techniques, which allows you to create different patterns according to your desire and taste, experiment with the texture of the surface and even come up with your own exclusive application techniques.
One of the most important conditions for quality work is the correct choice of finishing material. Alfrey work is usually done using white paint and colors added to it to obtain the desired color. You can use ready-made colored paints if you can find the right shade that suits your idea.
For finishing the kitchen or hallway, it is better to take oil paint, since it is more wear-resistant and allows you to wash the painted surface as often as you like. Walls covered with water-based paint also endure wet cleaning, but this can be done much less frequently and in a more gentle way, otherwise the "emulsion" can get wet and rub off. But it does not interfere with the walls "breathing" and maintains natural moisture and air exchange, not inferior in this indicator to paper wallpaper. By the way, the price of even relatively expensive imported oil and water-based paints, calculated per square meter of the resulting finish, may well compete with inexpensive wallpaper. Domestic products, which are almost as good as foreign counterparts, are even cheaper - by about a third.
Special texture paints will cost more, of course. In addition, they have one significant drawback for novice craftsmen: they are extremely difficult to remove in case of mistakes. However, for those who already feel a certain degree of confidence in this area, such formulations can prove to be very valuable due to the almost limitless possibilities they provide in terms of design.
Having decided on the type of paint, we will calculate approximately how many percent of the total volume of the painted surface will fall on each color. On average, those who do this work for the first time spend the same amount of paint on wall painting in the interior as on uniform painting. Thus, to decorate the wall, you will need approximately double the amount of paint of all colors combined.
Before starting work, we color the volume we need to create the main background (the wall is completely painted). The volume is calculated based on the estimated consumption of paint per square meter of surface (paint manufacturers, as a rule, indicate consumption per 10m2 on the packaging), plus 10% in case something needs to be tweaked. All additional colors are tinted according to the same principle: the approximate volume in square meters plus a margin for unforeseen expenses.
Continuous dyeing is best done with a fur roller, evenly rolling the paint over the entire surface until an even color is obtained. It will be possible to start drawing a picture only after the background has completely dried (oil paint dries for at least a day, and water-based paint - from 20 minutes to 1 hour).
Another prerequisite for success is choosing the right tool. It is best to use rollers and brushes made from natural fur. They are easier to work with, easier to wash, and the paint lays down smoother. If the roller is made of faux fur, wool will come out of it; from rope - thread.
There is a fairly simple way to apply an abstract drawing with intricate lines: we take an album sheet of paper, crumple it in any shape, dip it in paint and point it to the wall to get the desired print. Until the ink on the paper runs out, it will be possible to make 2-3 more prints, but it will be necessary to press the "seal" a little harder. It is very important to understand how often you need to dip the "seal" in the paint so that all prints are of the same brightness. Stripes of edging, borders and other rectilinear geometric shapes are applied as follows: masking tape is glued along the lines marked with a pencil, which limits the surface to be painted and allows you to work with a roller. For dyeing narrow stripes, a small roller should be used. You can stick and remove the tape only after the base and paint have completely dried.
A professional artist may well paint the walls by hand, but this is an exclusive and very expensive job. But what about those who do not have the opportunity to invite a specialist, do not know how to draw themselves, but really want the walls of their house to be decorated with artistic painting? There is a solution for this case as well. All you need is a projector and a slide of the picture that you would like to transfer to the wall. The image is projected onto the wall, and its contours are filled with paints directly along the reflected lines - almost like in a children's coloring book. So that your own shadow does not interfere with your work, it is advisable to place the projector as high as possible above the floor level - on a cabinet or a ladder. Having trained enough on the walls, you can move on to a more difficult task - painting the ceiling. The only room in which finishing with the alfrey technique is not recommended is the bathroom, since any paint in a humid atmosphere deteriorates over time. If you really want the bathroom walls to be decorated with some kind of painting, it is better to buy a tile with a pattern applied to it. Time-tested reliability! In case of damage to the surface during operation, you can always touch up a separate area, and not do the repair again. By the way, this is another reason why paint should be bought and tinted with a margin.