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.
faux lacquer - this faux painting technique is used to create a highly polished finish. Faux lacquer needs a very smooth surface, painted with oil-based for a base coat. White or a pastel shade are the best choice. Start with mineral spirits, oil scumble glaze, and artist's oil in two more tones or similar colors. First you mix the artist's oils with the mineral spirits and mix to a thick, creamy, consistency and add an equal amount of oil scumble glaze. Mix the second color in the same way (a small amount of drier can be added to the glazes as you work with them). Dab your colored glazes randomly to create interest, stipple with a brush to remove brush marks, soften even further with a hake brush, decorate further, as you will (bronze or gold powders). Let surface dry completely, varnish, sand, and varnish again to a high lustrous finish.
faux marble - also known as faux marbre (French), this faux painting technique is used to simulate the appearance of marble. There are three basic step to marbling. First you paint the ground coat of oil glaze over an eggshell base; then you distress the ground while the glaze is still wet; finally, after the glaze has dried, add the veining to the marble using a feather or sword brush and varnish to a high gloss. The faux finished surface should be smooth and highly polished.