A Bick Background is an old, traditional patterned wallpaper that originally was used on furniture and interior decorative dehorning. Bick is most commonly described as an unattractive, plain color. The name bick comes from Charles Bick, who invented it. In the late 19th century, wallpaper designs began featuring basic horizontal-running lines and subtle patterns using a white background, usually red for red brick, which were painted over black wallpaper or a dark blue. Bick's version was more attractive than the previous wallpaper designs.
Bick wallpaper has had a long history of being used in decorative wallpaper designs. Bick's original intention was to make the wallpaper less washed out after washing it so that it appeared more attractive. Bick's technique was similar to wallpaper paste, which was later developed by Wm. Bright, is believed to have been the first person to use this technique. Wm. Bright also made the process easier by creating a paste with different colors of paint, and then applying them to the wallpaper in a “wicklade”.
There are many styles of Wicker Patterns available today, including Bick Wallpapers. The use of a pattern in the background can be a beautiful touch to create a focal point for the room's decor. However, be careful not to use too much detail or intricate designs if the wall surface is too small. As the pattern becomes more detailed, it can also become difficult to see the details when there is less light. Another disadvantage of painting the wall in a pattern is that the patterns will not show up very well in full sunlight.
There is no hard and fast rule concerning what types of patterns to use. There are some designers who believe in a clean, simple look, while others want everything to be in pattern. Some even use different patterns depending on the season. For example, Christmas designs tend to be brighter than designs for spring and summer.
It is important to pay attention to the dimensions of the wallpaper paste you use. The patterns and designs should not be too small or too large, especially when trying to cover an entire wall area. If they become too large, there is not enough room to show the details. They could even become a distraction.
The thickness of the paste should be one quarter of an inch or less. You do not want anything to show up on the wall behind it or on nearby walls. A thick background can be overwhelming, and may take focus away from the design of the room.
Before painting, you should test the paste on a small area of the wall so you can determine its viscosity. Since using acrylic paint is easier to apply, most painters use thicker acrylic paint on larger walls. Applying too thin of a paste can result in streaks and runs when you paint. It may also leave a messy matte finish on the wall that does not look like the pattern or design was even there. Be sure to test the wall before painting in bulk.
In addition to using a bick background to hide imperfections in your wall, you can also use it to add depth to a picture. By using a different texture of paint for the background, you can create a 3-dimensional effect. This works best with photos or paintings that have smooth surfaces. It makes the textural aspect of the piece stand out and is more noticeable. You can easily accomplish this by using different-colored acrylic paints for the borders of the frame and the bick background.
You should also be aware that applying a bick to the wall is different than applying a painted background. It is often easier to work with a bick because you do not need to use as much pressure or heat in order to achieve the appearance of depth. If you are not experienced using acrylics, you may want to use a primer before you begin painting. This helps the paint stick to the wall better so you do not have to worry about it bubbling out or not having the same appearance when you are finished painting the wall. If you are afraid that applying a bick will make your wall look messy, you can cover it up with more paint once you are done applying it.
It is important to remember that when you are covering an area with a bick, you should do so carefully. The design should appear even after you are done painting. Use a small brush for delicate areas and a large brush for corners and edges. You should also only use a small amount of paint and apply it very slowly. If you find that your artwork is bleeding when you are finished, remove it and try a different design.
Bick borders work well in both contemporary and traditional settings and they provide a unique way to change the appearance of a room without having to completely replace the existing art. As a rule of thumb, you should always think twice about the size of your bick background when you are considering the addition of one to a room. If you have a smaller sized piece of art that is already present in the room, you may not want to add a bick all around it.