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Faux Painting & Decorative Finishing Techniques 2

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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.

basket weave - faux painting technique in which a decorative pattern is made by using a dry brush to wipe off the glaze (oil-or water-based) in such a way that it resembles a basket. The weave can be applied in a wide, less controlled technique can used or a tighter, more controlled technique, to suit the decor. This interlocking, woven finish looks more at home in a in a country cottage rather than a contemporary setting.

color rubbing - is a faux painting technique done with scumble glazes (water based or oil based paint) and a cloth for rubbing. Glaze colors in shades of burnt sienna, raw sienna, and yellow ochre work well together. Keep your colors close in tone for a soft faux finish look.

color washing - a flexible faux painting technique which can be varied in appearance to the way in which the oil or latex paint is wiped off or on. You can use cheese cloth, brushes, or sponges for this finish. Color washing is great for walls that lack personality. (Color Washing Examples)

combing - in this faux painting technique a comb is used to lift off areas of glaze from the base color. Several colors can be used. You can comb a color in one direction over the base coat, and then comb another color over top in a different direction, the last coat will be the dominant one. Do not apply the glazes too thickly, this will cause unwanted ridges along the edges of the combed design.

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