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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.

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.

strie' - the word comes from French, meaning streaked; painting by dragging with a brush or tool in order to create lines or streaks. A faux painting technique developed from wood graining (see wood graining) used on doors, paneling, dados, baseboards, and also useful as a faux painting finish. A thin layer of oil glaze is applied to the surface with a regular paint brush in a vertical motion; a flogging or strie' brush is then used to drag the glaze downward, creating a variegated striped finish.

trompe l'oeil - in this faux painting technique a two dimensional painting designed to "deceive the eye", by deceiving the viewer into thinking it is a three dimensional scene or object. All objects should be life size, it should have depth, it must fit the setting in order to be believable, action scenes be avoided, and objects should not be cut off from the framed view. Trompe l'oeil is a French term literally meaning "that which deceives the eye". Trompe l'oeil has a history extending back as far as 400 B.C. and was part of the rich culture of the Greek and Roman Empires. The only surviving ancient murals are in Pompeii. Trompe l'oeil mural painting surfaced during the Renaissance and Baroque eras and was used to "open" the ceiling or a walls of churches and palaces. Art historian Vasari tells of a story between two rivaling artist of a contest to see who painted the best. The first painter made a scene so convincing that birds flew down from the trees to peck at the painted grapes. The other painter then turned to his rival and said, "Draw back the curtains and show me your painting. The curtains were part of his painting. The second painter had won. (Trompe l'oeil Examples)

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