What Is Ragging And Parchment?

What is Ragging and Parchment? A descriptive of the faux finishing techniques, ragging and parchment. Ragging and parchment are excellent techniques for furniture or other items in your home. They can add...

Ragging and parchment are excellent techniques for furniture or other items in your home. They can add pizzazz to any area and give it a distinctive look. Our expert, Lu Goodwin Mark, owner and director of Austin School of Faux Finishes at Design Center of Austin, says the techniques are versatile.


"Ragging can be both a positive technique (glaze applied over paint with the rag material) and a negative technique (glaze applied with a roller and then removed with the rag material). In the positive technique, a rag is dipped into tinted glaze and patted or rolled on a painted surface leaving the distinct imprint of the crinkled rag material on the surface. The negative Rag technique is that in which tinted glaze is applied to the surface and then the glaze is removed with cheesecloth, rags, plastic, newsprint or other absorbing material. Different materials make distinctive 'rag' marks in the glaze," Mark says.




As far as the parchment technique goes, you will need a special glaze. You can use this technique to give your home an antique or old look. It can give your room the appearance of a different time period.

"Parchment is a term for a glaze treatment that imitates natural treated skin parchment. It can be done over applied paper, or it can be done on the wall itself. Ragging or Parchment on small surfaces is rather easy with the new glazes that allow for longer "open" time. Their random visual texture helps disguise minor flaws," Mark says.

If you are going to work on a large surface area, Mark suggests that you organize and plan out what you are going to do. It will take some time to finish a large scale project. Make sure you can allot the time to get the job done. You also want to make sure you know what you are doing.

"Lots of practice certainly will make this technique easier," Mark says.

There are several books on the market that can help you get a good grasp of the ragging and parchment techniques. In the end, you will be glad you bought them, because you will become more skilled at what you are doing. Of course, you can always do some research on the internet. There are many home improvement sites than can help you through the process.

The ragging and parchment process are just two of many different techniques you can use on the home to show your sense of style. You can always get a professional to do the job; however that can cost you some money. Whatever you decide to do, the ragging and parchment techniques can add some distinctive style to your home.

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