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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.

venetian plaster - in this faux painting technique decorative stucco plasters are custom colored and troweled on with special spatulas and sometimes layered and burnished.

verdigris/patinas - a faux painting technique in which the illusion of a sheen on any surface, produced by age and use is simulated. When copper is exposed to the elements it turns a chalky, grayish, colored green and a verdigris begins to form. This faux painting technique is frequently used on furniture, ornaments and wrought iron railings. For indoors, a water-based black matte paint, white matte paint, as well as turquoise-blue, dark green, and raw umber universal tints. For outdoors, oil-based paint equivalents of the water-based paints and mineral spirits. First paint the base coat white, apply a second coat of gray, sponge or brush on the dark green, blending any obvious harsh marks with a stippling brush, while still wet, sponge on the darker turquoise mixture, blend, add the milky turquoise color with a brush to create highlights, and dust with rotten stone or spackle dust. To simulate a streaking, soak a sponge in water (water-based paint) or mineral spirits (oil-based) and dribble down the wet paint finish. (Metal Patinas Examples)

verre églomisé – term comes from French, meaning glass gilded on the backside with gold or metal leaf by means of a gelatin adhesive that produces a clear, mirror-like, reflective result, in which designs are engraved. While this faux painting technique is an ancient one and dates back to pre-Roman times, its name derives from Jean-Baptise Glomy, an 18th century French decorator who popularized its use. In German it is also known as hinterglasmalerei.

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