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    Emily Smith specializes in faux painting, fine art, decorative finishing, trompe l'oeil and murals. She describes her faux painting techniques and decorative finishing techniques. She also displays her faux painting techniques and decorative finishing techniques through the examples below.

moire' - this faux painting technique is used to simulate moire' silk which is very fine and has a wavy pattern pressed into it. This faux painting technique that is appropriate for panels, dados and furniture. A mixture of 50% oil paint and 50% mineral spirits is mix and applied to the surface, a soft rag is use to wipe the glaze in an up and down motion, leaving a thin layer of glaze. Use a heart grainer to make a circular mark at frequent intervals, use a triangle comb and make a plain vertical stripe. When glaze is tacky, strie' down the surface with a flogging brush and to carefully soften in a horizontal direction to complete the faux finish.

murals - faux painting technique of painting a subject or scene on the wall. A mural can be planned or unplanned. A planned mural will definitely make the work go faster. Faux painting techniques such as grisaille, trompe l'oeil, frottage, stippling, color-washing, sponging, ragging, mutton clothing, and stenciling will help you to create a beautiful mural. Prepare your surface with the proper base coat. For water-based paint use a low luster latex, to use artist oils, use an eggshell paint for the base coat. Acrylic, tempera, or oil paint may be used. (Murals Examples)

mutton cloth - this faux painting technique also known as stockinet, this cloth is used to remove surplus paint and provides a fine, weave-like, delicate faux finish. The oil glaze is applied with a brush over an eggshell base coat and the surplus paint is removed with the mutton cloth. A richer effect can be achieved by painting several layers over one another, allowing each layer to dry in between.

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