If stenciling is the most basic type of decorative painting, one step up would be the faux painting techniques popularly done on walls, such as sponge painting, ragging, and distressed or crackle glazing.
The crackle medium is applied over a coat of paint (there are also crackle products that contain color) and the crackle medium allows that base coat to show through in places, giving a rough, aged appearance.
There was a crackle on the line.
A crackle on the radio interrupted any response.
Her room was made of black stone and quiet with no sounds except the crackle of fire.
Nothing but the crackle and soft light of the hearth disturbed the room, aside from the cold book in his hands.
The flames leaped up at once and the bonfire began to smoke and roar and crackle just as the great army of wooden Gargoyles arrived.
It cannot be said, indeed, that his cladon shows the velvety richness of surface and tenderness of color that distinguished the old Kuang-yao and Lungchuan-yao of China, or that he has ever essayed the moss-edged crackle of the beautiful Ko-yao.
He immediately utilized the new method, and produced many beautiful examples of ~jewelled faience, having close, hard pate, yellowish-white, or brownish-white, glaze covered with a network of fine crackle, and sparse decoration in pure fullbodied colorsred, green, gold and silver.
In the eyes of a Chinese connoisseur, no blue-and-white porcelain worthy of consideration exists, or ever has existed, except the kai-pien-yao, with its imponderable pdle, its wax-like surface, and its rich, glowing blue, entirely free from superficiality or garishness and broken into a thousand tints by the microscopic crackle of the glaze.