Decorative Paint Technique: Crinkle Paper Painting Instructions

From our online exclusive Decorative Paint Techniques with Danielle Hirsch of Color Splash . If you hate prep work, painting under and over crinkled tissue paper is for you. Follow these instructions from Danielle Hirsch.


It doesn't get much simpler than this! Use tissue paper and paint to add texture and dimension to your walls.

It doesn't get much simpler than this! Use tissue paper and paint to add texture and dimension to your walls.

Difficulty level: 1 out of 5

Materials and Tools:

tissue paper
paint tray
3/8" roller and handle
old paintbrush or china bristle brushes
blue painter's tape (with and without paper attached)
latex paint, eggshell finish (Sweet Daphne #529) – Benjamin Moore
antiquing glaze (Tea Stain) - Ralph Lauren (optional)


Note: Applying a fresh base coat isn't necessary for this project.

1. Use an old paintbrush or china bristle brush to dust baseboards, trim and crown molding before taping them off (use painter's tape with paper attached to protect the baseboards). Overlap seams by at least an inch to avoid seepage between pieces, and then seal the tape to the surface with your fingers or a rag.



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2. Starting in the upper left portion of a wall, paint an area slightly bigger than the size of the tissue paper you're using (use a paintbrush to apply paint to corners and near baseboards and molding). Crinkle a piece of tissue paper to create texture; open it up, and adhere it to the wet paint surface, smoothing it as desired. Don't worry about ripping the paper, just smooth the surface with your fingers and continue.



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3. Load the roller again and paint over the tissue paper. If you don't like the way the paper lays against the wall, smooth it out with your fingers before painting over it again. Tear off excess paper around the wall edges, corners and baseboards.

4. Continue in a horizontal line across one wall, overlapping the tissue paper each time so there aren't any flat areas. Cover the rest of the wall in the same fashion, making sure to apply the tissue paper in neat rows.

5. If desired, take this technique one step further by colorwashing antiquing glaze over the dried surface for an Old World feel.

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