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Denim | Linen
 Faux Paint Technique
How To Faux Paint 1-2-3 Steps

The Dragging Strié faux finish paint technique for walls has existed for centuries. The Strie technique has been endeared for replicating the look of expensive textiles.  This look is not trendy, instead it creates the look and feel of "stability and longevity" in home decor for walls.

Recent years have introduced the newest version of this faux finish painting technique, called Linen and Denim. The Woolie paint tool enhances your ability to keep steady while making your passes on a wall NATURALLY.  This makes it easier to get professional-looking results for your painting projects. 

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  • The Woolie LARGE (REAL Sheepskin) Pad Creates Many, Many Different Faux Paint Techniques Using Paint or Faux Glaze.

  • You have Total Control To Create Your Desired Look.

  • Washes Quickly. Extra-Large, (9.75 x 5 inches) VERY Lightweight and Ergonomic for Easy Use.

  • Use for Color-Meshing, Marbling, Glazing, Color Wash, Dragging, Strie, Linen, Denim, Leather, Stippling, Clouds.



Instruction Steps

Using The Woolie Original Faux Painting Pad

If you have never faux finished with The Woolie Faux Painting Tools and Techniques, view our detailed step-by-step instruction videos to ensure your delight and success.

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  • This Technique is a 2 phase, layered technique.  Designed for advanced faux painters.  

  • Phase 2 is best accomplished if you tape your wall into sections. 

  • You will need to measure your walls to calculate measurements that will give you equal width sections similar to the width of wallpaper.  

  • Mark your walls using a level, followed by masking off the sections using  low adhesion masking tape.

Helpful Tips

  • You must use 2 highly-contrasting wall paint colors. 

  • These colors must be AT LEAST 4 shades apart. 

  • Refer to our  How to choose color combinations for this technique. This can be found further down on this page.  

Carefully review our Preparation Instructions before you begin. You will find them further down on this page.​



  • Person #1 will  apply the faux glaze to the surface uniformly, using a paint roller..  

  • This person should be aware of the pace of Person #2 and adjust  accordingly.  Moving ahead too fast may cause the faux glaze to dry before it is blended.​​

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  • When you approach an edge, corner or ceiling line. (That has been protected by masking tape prior to painting) 


  • Spread the glaze along the edges of the masking tape using a small paint brush to ensure consistent results.​​


  • Person #2 will create the look of depth and texture by dragging The Woolie through the faux glaze.​

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not reapply glaze once your prior area begins to dry.  This will create an undesirable  effect.  

Helpful Tips

  • It very important that you apply masking tape to protect your woodwork and ceiling lines BEFORE you begin painting. 

  • Refer to the Room Preparation Instructions.  This can be found further down on this page.

  • Always blend edges, corners and ceiling lines at the same time you are using the roller.  Do NOT wait to do this until the end to blend these areas.



  • After each dragging pass, The Woolie will collect glaze from the surface. 

  • Download excess glaze from The Woolie.​ This is done by dabbing with paper towels or lint-free rags.

  • If you feel that The Woolie is getting overly-saturated too frequently, this may indicate that too much glaze has been applied to the surface prior to dragging.  Person #1 should adjust the application of glaze accordingly.

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This Next Section Provides
Additional Resources and
Helpful Information
For This Faux Painting Technique

If you have never faux finished with The Woolie,

view our detailed step-by-step instruction videos to

ensure your delight and success.

Type of Paint | Faux Glaze

This faux painting technique requires the use of faux finish glaze.<