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.
sponging - this faux painting technique is quick and easy way to freshen up a space. This faux painting finish can be done with water-based (mixed with acrylic scumble glaze) or oil-based paint (mixed with mineral spirits or oil scumble glaze). Choose 2 or 3 colors which are tonally similar. The base coat should be a semi-gloss for water-based paint and an eggshell base coat for an oil-based paint. The last color will be the domminant color.
stenciling - a faux painting technique in which paint is applied through a cut-out design. Different designs can be bought or created and cut out of cardboard or plastic with an Exacto knife. The best surface to stencil on is an eggshell base coat, latex may be used, but mistakes will not wipe off as easily. (Stenciling Examples)
stippling - a faux painting technique in which excess paint is removed with a special short-haired brush used for, cornices, architraves, walls, furniture, or ornaments to produce a stippled finish. This faux painting technique is used to soften and blend colors and to eliminate brush marks. The base coat is done in oil. Equal amounts of oil-based paint, mineral spirits, and oil scumble glaze are mixed, the glaze is applied to the surface with a brush and the excess is pounced off with the stippling brush. Small 3x3 areas should be covered at a time, stippling the surface top to bottom,while keeping a wet working edge. This faux painting technique is useful for antiquing, verdigris, and stenciling.