This section highlights techniques which float a water soluble solution, glazing medium, or oil-based solution or gel, over a base coat, to achieve a specific look. Glazing mediums vary by viscosity, and solvent used for thinning. When using oil-based glazes, be sure to have adequate ventilation for the job, as prolonged exposure can cause headaches and/or health problems. Make sure to use the appropriate finish coat for your medium. For example, it may be necessary to intersperse seal coats between color layers in order to assure the next coat does not damage or weaken the layer underneath.
Dragged Glazes for Furniture
This simple treatment used a touch of white pigment suspended in Liquin as the initial glaze coat, followed by a gold metallic glaze. Sealed well, with a non-yellowing polycrylic finish coat. Read more about faux finishing for furniture
Crackling is achieved by mixing the top coat color in a medium that dries at a different rate than the still slightly wet paint coat underneath, resulting in the pulling apart of the colors. Commercial mediums are available for a variety of crackling effects.
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Dramatic Venetian Plaster
We created a rich and aged venetian plaster finish, matching what our client saw in a book. This is a very challenging faux finish and can overpower a room, so use it sparingly.
Create Samples of Your Finishes
Faux finishing is a lot of work, so carefully create a variety of samples on the wall, and allow them to stay for a while. Before finishing a room, view the samples at various times of day and lighting conditions, to pick your favorite!
A stippled finish, shown here with decoupage, can turn a simple room into a highly dramatic one. The key to this technique is to use the correct brush. A soft expensive brush is usually needed after stippling to soften out the glaze to avoid excessive texture in the finish.
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