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Venetian Plaster and Strie Technique

Learn painting techniques inspired by a European suite: Venetian plaster, strie, and suede techniques, to add depth and richness to your walls.

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  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Apply Venetian Plaster to a Wall

Prep room by taping windows, doors and moldings. Place drop cloth on floor.

Apply base coat of flat latex paint (Image 1).

Add tint to the Venetian plaster.

Use a putty knife to scoop plaster and place in center of the Venetian plaster blade.

Begin applying a thin coat of plaster by sweeping blade from side to side (Image 2). Apply at least two thin coats, adding coats as needed to achieve desired texture. The result is seen up close (Image 3).

Step 2: Apply a Strie Technique

With the Venetian plaster applied to one wall, now it's time to apply a strie effect to the other walls (Image 1).

Prep the room by taping windows, doors and moldings. Place drop cloth on floor.

Apply a base coat of flax latex paint and allow to dry (Image 2).

Add three parts glazing liquid to one part latex paint to create topcoat glaze. Apply topcoat glaze in 2' sections.

Drag a dry brush from top to bottom through wet topcoat to achieve a combed effect (Image 3).

Step 3: Create a Suede Effect

The steps for creating a suede effect on walls are fairly simple:

1. Apply paint with a brush.
2. Stipple
3. Rag off.


Strie: (stree-ay) -- creating small lines
Stipple: (stip-ple): to apply paint in dots or short strokes.
Rag off: A decorative paint-effect created by rolling a crumpled rag over the surface of wet paint.

walls were given look of suede