How to Texture Paint a Wall

Learn how to texture paint walls from decorative artist Aliya Riaz in this Howcast painting tutorial.


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Don't live another minute with vanilla walls. In these videos, decorative artist Aliya Riaz teaches you all kinds of painting techniques that will transform your home, like glazing, sponge painting, rag painting, color washing, and sgraffito painting. She'll also show you how to paint stripes on a wall, create plaid walls, and paint walls to look like leather, stone, brick, granite, bamboo, and other textures.



In this video of decorative painting techniques, we're going to be exploring how to paint over a textured surface. You may have a wall or a ceiling that already has texture applied on it so, what are the things that we can do with texture such as this, for example. Now, the first thing that you must do is seal the texture. You don't want any glaze or paint to actually go into the texture and then, have your finish fail. So the key is always to use an eggshell or more of a sheen paint as your base and cover the texture with that. Here I have texture which I have covered with a golden yellow paint and now, because I feel it is a little bit too yellow, I'd like to tone it down a little bit. I have made two glazes up. One is a burnt amber and one is a burnt sienna. So let's start off with the burnt amber. Randomly going to use both glazes and the key here is keep the brushes separate. And just in a random fashion, use an equal distribution of both the glazes. So this is the burnt sienna and this is the burnt amber. Both colors that hail from Italy and if you have had the pleasure of going to Sienna, you'll know that the clay there is actually that color. So, that's our glaze work. Then, grab a wet rag and start manipulating the glazes into the texture. Make sure to manipulate your rag in a circular way or left to right, up and down, just so you are actually pushing the glaze into the texture. That to me is your classic glaze texture which gives a lot of life to the surface without it actually being a particular color.


  • Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio Inc.

    Aliya, a BBC broadcast journalist, is passionate about reinventing surfaces. One of the few formally-trained decorative artists in the States, Aliya accepts commissions from clients directly or through interior designers and architects. She loves to share her craft through teaching and is one of the core instructors of Dundean Studios. Contact her to arrange private or group classes.