Specialty Painting Technique: The Strié

Specialty Painting Technique: The Strié

Rebecca Blumhagen
Feb 21, 2013

We're very excited to launch this new series of painting tips, hosted by Mark Chamberlain (our own specialty painter). We start the series with today's video: The Strié.

Strié Tips:
• Always start with a glossy coat underneath your glaze - this will keep your glaze from being absorbed by your base coat
• Strié Glaze recipe is: 1 part paint, 3 parts glaze, and 1 part glaze extender
• If you are using a metallic paint in your glaze mix, be sure to use acrylic glaze and extender
• If you are not using a metallic paint, it's preferable to use an alkyd (oil paint) glaze and extender, because it has more "open" time and will give a more sensual look
• Try variations - a traditional strié stroke is up and down, but here we have gone side to side to create a more "zen" feel, and it's also possible to do two brush strokes: one up and one down (see variation video below)
• The strié is a great technique to use in areas that have heavy traffic because it is easy to wipe clean
• Have fun!

• The Star: Mark Chamberlain is an artist, painter and decorative painter living in New York. He writes a column on Color for Apartment Therapy. He has a BA in Studio Art from the University of MN.

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• Submissions Welcome: Are you a Maker? Do you have great how-tos and tips to share? Do you have a winning personality or are you just a great character? Tell us here and we'll consider sending our video team to tape you for the site.


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