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.
aging and antiquing - aging or antiquing is a faux painting technique used to simulate natural aging and wear and tear with the use of paint glazes, crackle glazes, bees wax, paper, hammers, sandpaper, or chains to distress and weather an object or surface. A distressed or aged look can make an object more comfortable to live with and more relaxing to look at. Antiquing can be used on many things from the kitchen cabinets, furniture, and decorative items like boxes. This faux painting technique matches very well with the French Country decor. (Antiquing Examples)
aged wall plaster - this faux painting technique is used to create an Italian, "Old World", look to your decor. This faux painting effect can be accomplished on water based painted walls (paint must have some degree of sheen such as: eggshell, satin) or on lime washed walls. One or several scumble glazes (warm colors like: burnt umber, burnt sienna, raw sienna, and yellow ochre) are applied to create areas of light and dark. Other faux painting techniques like stippling, color washing, color rubbing, frottage, a faded mural, or faux exposed brick add to the illusion. (Plaster Examples)