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.
crackle - a faux painting finish produced by using two varnishes having two different drying times which work against each other to produce a crazed, crackled, effect. The first coat of varnish is applied and left to dry. While the surface is still " tacky ", the second application of varnish is applied. Cracks should appear within 20 to 30 minutes. If a longer time is left in between applications (2-3 hours), then cracks will be smaller. If a shorter time is left between applications (1-1 1/2 hours), then cracks will be larger. You may wish to use crackle glaze as an aging patina or as a decorative finish. Timing depends greatly on drying conditions (Heat and humidity). (Crackle Examples)
distressing - a faux painting technique used for simulating the effects of wear and tear on an on a newly painted object or surface. (See aging and antiquing)
dragging - a faux painting technique of pulling a long-haired brush through wet paint or glaze to produce a series of fine vertical lines. Useful for cabinets, doors and on furniture. This faux finish can be accomplished with equal amounts of oil paint, mineral spirits, and oil scumble glaze or with a watered based emulsion paint, acrylic scumble glaze, and water. The faux glaze can be applied by dragging cloth vertically (Creates a broader, more dramatic stripe)or by dragging a brush vertically (Creates a finer, silkier stripe).