I want to expand your imagination to the little known capabilities & the therapeutic ease & workability using Drywall Texture plus a set of hand held ‘Texture comb tools’ to get you in the hobby mood & creating decorative & beautifully outstanding Textured finishings for ceilings & walls at home or in the workplace. In the context of Drywall Texturing as a finish, texture is perceived as a visual two or three dimensional artwork or design, but did you know that mixed texture coating, once applied, has amazingly flexible properties that allow the user to take so much advantage of the materials ‘hobby like infectiousness’ to create outstanding unique hand Textured finishings for interior ceilings & walls.

Mixed texture finish coating has amazingly flexible properties that allow the user to take full advantage of the materials capabilities. Coupled with an open imagination & various tools all manner of artwork, effects & designs can be achieved onto ceilings and walls.

Liquid texture is either sprayed on, and then a tool is dabbed, or stamped onto the coating to create a design, or texture is sometimes rolled onto the surface, then a tool is drawn through the coating to create a pattern.

Although there are plenty of random designs one can easily create with finishing texture coating, many practitioners & professionals are looking for a more uniform pattern to really catch the eye!

In this article I will be talking about ‘manual hand texturing’ and the use of such tools as ‘combs’ to create amazing effects & artwork, this is because most enthusiasts can implement the techniques for themselves easily & cost effectively.

Saying this, the method for texture application onto the ceiling or wall is ‘rolled on’ instead of sprayed on, because many practitioners easily have access to a roller & trough!

By manually ‘hand texturing’ one would normally favour a uniformed pattern as their chosen finish but thought must be first taken into consideration prior to attempting the task at hand.

Below is a quick breakdown of the methods involved, and then we will analyze each step a little more.

1: The surface to be textured must be well prepared & sealed.

2: It is always advisable to texture in cool conditions.

3: Texture is first rolled on, across the ceiling or wall, in ‘bands of around two foot wide.’

4: This is then textured with your chosen tool.

5: Commence to roll on another band next to the last, overlapping slightly.

6: Commence to carry on with your pattern as previously.

The surface you are about to texture should be quite smooth & flat, without any humps or crevices.

For any loose material on your surface, you should take it off & attempt repairs.

For any cracks, you should make sure that the boards between each side of the crack are sound, without any movement once pushed onto.

Then tape up these cracks prior to texturing.

The next step is to seal your surface, there are two reasons for this, especially if one was to plaster, instead of texturing. But for this context, a sealer is added prior to texturing to prevent your texture drying off as your using it.

Sometimes you may have sufficient time to texture straight onto the correct side of plasterboards, or wallboards without adding a sealer first. But one must also remember that because of the porosity of a background to be textured, the texture coating also shrinks back slightly into the surface once dried thus taking away some of the ‘depth’ of your final finish.

One way to tell if a surface that has already been painted with propriety emulsion can be textured without sealing it first is to see if there is a ‘sheen’ or a shiny finish already present! One word of caution, you must allow your sealer to dry off completely before attempting to texture.

If you attempt to texture when the room is warm, this could be for any of these reasons, the heat of the summer’s day, or any central heating being used, your task of texturing will no doubt become quite difficult. For the best practice, make sure that any heating is turned off in plenty of time to allow for your room to become cooler, taking into consideration that there may be warm central heating pipes behind the ceilings or walls. In the midst of summer, as the temperature soars one may find it useful to complete their texturing task early in the morning.

Texture is rolled onto your ceiling or wall in ‘bands’ If you are attempting a wall, roll on a band of thick texture starting in one far corner at the very top of the wall & work right across the whole width. So to texture a wall, start from the top, roll on a full width, so that you are working from the top, & across, pattern this, until finally working down to the bottom of the wall to completion.

After you have first rolled on and patterned this ‘band’, roll on another band, underneath, & slightly overlapping, the last & commence to pattern this.

For attempting any pattern created with a texturing comb, the finished pattern depth is essential. Remember, this is a visual two or three dimensional finish that one is trying to achieve. Above we have taken into all the factors so that our texture coating does not dry out too quickly, or shrink back into the surface too much. So, one must make sure that the texture coating is not of a thin consistency prior to use, but instead, make sure your texture coating is flexible enough so that it can be rolled onto the surface using a large, or small paint roller for application.

Roll on your bands of texture in depths of around half inch thick, because once you draw the comb through the material, the comb will create an equal depth, & any surplus material can be put back into the trough for re-using onto your surface.

Start your chosen comb design, at the very corner of your ceiling or wall, create the pattern across the whole width, then roll on & create the pattern as normal until the task is completed.

If you are attempting an effect, say for instance, a border comb design to enhance the edges all around the perimeter of your ceiling or wall, you must remember to create the pattern whilst the ‘rolled on’ texture is still soft enough for you to pattern!

These are just some ideas taken from this unique drywall texture course at http://diy-ceiling-wall-texture.com that will enable you to start practicing your own artwork and effects by using your imagination, drywall texture, & texturing combs.

I hope that you have enjoyed this article, & furthermore, I hope it will aid you in your quest & confidence to learn more to attempt your own drywall textures art & effects.

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