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!

Artex medusa is one of the easiest artex patterns to achieve

Artex medusa

Artex medusa pattern

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

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
Artex brush

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

Apply artex

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


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

artex stippling brush

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.

artex medusa fingers

Medusa is achieved by making a series of circular, random strokes with your fingers. This is very easy and can soon be picked up by practicing on a piece of wood.

artex medusa being patterned

With practice, this is a easy finish to achieve. Be sure to use a good quality Barrier cream on your hands to prevent the Artex from drying out your skin.

Artex medusa

You can make the medusa pattern as thick as you like by applying the Artex thicker.



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