Painting – How to Strie or Drag Glaze On a Wall

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional painter Donnalynne Lefever discusses faux painting and demonstrates how to strie or drag a glaze on a wall.

    Donnalynne Lefever

    Donnalynne Lefever is the owner of Lefever Designs and has been in business now for more than 10 years in which she creates faux finishes, murals, tromp l'oiel and artwork of any kind in homes and businesses on walls, floors, ceilings, furniture,etc. mostly in the Metropolitan Washington DC area. She graduated college with a theater degree at the University of Maryland and moved to NYC shortly afterwards to make costumes for Broadway. Upon returning home to Northern Virginia, she met a designer who introduced her to her current field and has been painting ever since. Starting in 1990 she worked with that designer for 3 years, then with a business specializing in faux finishes, murals and tromp l'oiel for an additional 3 years before branching out into her own business. She's taken faux finish classes in the materials she currently works with and numerous art classes as well. One of her favorite materials to work with is leafing; gold, silver or copper. This year, summer 2007, one of her clients/designer had her home featured in the magazine, Washington Spaces, in which a few of the rooms Donnalynne worked on are photographed. She mostly works with designers and by word of mouth which keeps her quite busy. When not creating for others, she creates her own artwork on canvas, clay or other various things. She belongs to the local art organizations of Del Ray Artisans in Alexandria, Virginia and Springfield Art Guild in Virginia in which she is currently co-president.

    Donnalynne Lefever: When you are doing the Strie or dragging on an actual wall surface, you are going to go work ceiling to floor. So, what I recommend is get a towel, and you dip it in the water. You get it all really really wet and then you start from the bottom and you get it, just go over the wall getting it damp. It helps the glaze move just even a little bit more, so that it doesn't stick and then you hate yourself. Anyway, but after you get that done, you will then dip in your glaze and you will start to paint. What you want to do is paint about a foot maybe or so. But you are going to paint it all the way. You will put the glaze on all the way floor to ceiling.

    Once you got it on there, then you are going to take your actual dragging brush. You are going to have a rag nearby too, and you are going to start at the top and go down in one continuous motion as straight as possible. Of course, you can get wavy but it's going to be okay. So, then you just keep going, until you have completed that section, leaving about an inch of wet edge on the side. Once you have finished with that wet edge, what you are going to do is you are going to take your towel, you are going to go back in, you are going to go to the next section and you are going to put in on the water all over on that wall again. Then you are going to take -- dip into to your actual glaze this time and then you are going to put in on, try not to go over anything you have done. Only maybe just a little bit. Go the whole way up and down the wall again and then you are going to work your way once more with the dragging brush. That's how you are going to work your whole way around the room and then once, of course you are done, you are done. But anyway, you can clean up your brush. Your brush will get wet. You just rid of it, and that's it for that part.