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Artex Stipple

Whilst there are many textured ceiling and wall finishes available, most people associate these with Artex!These finishes are put on as a liquid and then patterned, they are like thick paint when applied, Textured finishes come in ready mixed, cold mix and warm water mixes.Many patterns are available and the difficult ones are best left to the professionals but there are plenty of patterns which the keen DIY enthusiast can attempt successfully.


Before attempting any pattern it is a good idea to practice first on a piece of wood or similar!



Stipple is probably the easiest of textured patterns to do. This is a sample of a lightly stippled pattern but you can make it a lot deeper by applying the Artex thicker.

artex stipple pattern


Artex can be very messy so overalls and safety glasses are a must!

bullet To apply Artex to a ceiling or wall it is important to have the room as cool as possible with no draughts, so turn off the radiator and close the windows. The windows can be opened once the Artexing has been finished!
bullet Bond the whole area with PVA bonding. This will stop the Artex from drying out too fast and give you more time to pattern it.
bullet When Artexing you do not do too large an area at once or you will never get the pattern before it has started to harden.


load brush Use a large brush and load it generously with the Artex.


apply Cover an area of approx 1metre by half a metre with an applicator brush, ensuring that it is applied generously.


texture Here you can see that an area has been covered with artex, we are now going to pattern this area.


texture Using a stippling brush bounce it off the surface repeatedly making sure that brush is brought away cleanly and turning the brush slightly between each bounce, this should avoid any obvious lines.

This is probably the easiest of patterns, you can make the pattern as thick as you like by applying the Artex thicker.


border It is a good idea to make a border around the room by using a 1 inch brush.

This picture shows a border between the coving and the Fan pattern.

Fan or comb patterns are difficult and best left to professionals.


bullet Make sure there are no obvious squares where you have joined each area together and try to blend them all in together. Overlapping areas can easily be blended whilst it is still wet.


bullet Work speedily but safely as Artex can go off very fast and make working it very difficult.



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