Skip trowel is a finishing method used on drywall to provide a unique textured look, according to DoItYourself.com. Using drywall mud, a paint roller and a drywall trowel, the skip trowel process creates an orange peel texture on walls that is quick to apply and lasts for years.
Prepare the wall
Clean the wall thoroughly, removing any debris or grease that can interfere with the application of the drywall mud. Soap and water generally do the job of removing everything from the drywall surface. Place a dropcloth against the base of the wall to catch any falling drywall mud and to protect the floor.
Prepare the drywall mud
Mix the powdered drywall mud with water in a large bucket using a paint stick. Add water to the powder while stirring the mixture until the mud is the consistency of frosting.
Roll on the drywall mud
Apply a layer of the drywall mud using a long-nap paint roller. Roll the mud into place using 4-foot-long strokes placed randomly until the wall is covered.
Trowel the drywall mud
Use an 8- or 12-inch drywall trowel to stroke the surface of the drywall mud in short, random patterns. The trowel should be held at a low angle to the wall, nearly parallel to its surface. Allow the mud on the wall to dry, and then apply additional light coats. Continue to apply coats until the wall meets the owner's satisfaction, allowing the drywall mud to dry after each coat. Two or three coats is typically enough. After the last coat dries, the wall can be painted.