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.
overgraining – woodgraining over real wood to augment, yet not completely camouflage, it's original appearance.
ragging - ragging is a very popular faux painting technique, ragging can produce a fine, sparse, finish or a dramatic, dense faux painting finish. Ragging has a soft, crushed velvet appearance. The base coat is done in oil or water-based paint. The water-based method mixes equal amounts of paint, water, and acrylic scumble glaze to a creamy consistency. The oil-based method requires mixing equal amounts of oil-based paint, mineral spirits, and oil scumble glaze.The finish is achieved by loading up the glaze on a crumpled rag, removing excess paint on a towel or paper. Then, starting at the top of the wall, pouncing the rag on the surface to leave a textured pattern. Other layers of color can be added, the last color will be the dominant color. Corners may need to be fiddled in with a small brush.
rag rolling - this faux painting technique is a more sophisticated version of ragging.(see ragging) You bunch the rag up and roll it across the glazed surface.(brown paper bags can be used for a more dramatic texture). Work from top to bottom.
spattering - this faux painting technique is appropriate for furniture, objects, faux antique or aged faux finish. Water-based or oil-based paints can be used. You can finger spatter with combs or dip and tap with a paint brush and stick.