Faux Painting – 9 basic techniques
By Marc Potocsky- MJP Studios
Faux painting or faux finishing are terms used to describe a wide range of decorative painting techniques. The naming comes from the French word faux, meaning false, as these techniques started as a form of replicating materials such as marble and wood with paint, but has subsequently come to encompass many other decorative finishes for walls and furniture including simulating recognizable textures and surfaces. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Marbleizing or faux marbling is used to make walls and furniture look like real marble. This can be done using either plaster or glaze techniques.
- Fresco is a simple technique, uses mixtures of tint, plaster or joint compound to add mottled color and subtle texture to plain walls,
- Graining, wood graining, or faux bois (French for “fake wood”) is often used to imitate exotic or hard-to-find wood varieties.
- Trompe l’oeil, “trick the eye” in French, is a realistic painting technique often used in murals, and to create architectural details.
- Venetian plaster is a smooth and often shiny plaster design that appears textured but is smooth to the touch. Venetian plaster is one of the most popular and traditional plaster decorations.
- Color wash is a free-form finish that creates subtle variations of color using multiple hues of glaze blended together with a paint brush.
- Strié, from the French for “stripe” or “streak”, is a glazing technique that creates soft thin streaks of color using a paint brush. It is a technique often used to simulate fabrics such as linen and denim.
- Rag painting or ragging is a glazing technique using twisted or bunched up rags to create a textural pattern.
- Sponging is a free-form finish achieved by applying glaze to the wall by dabbing a sea sponge, in various shapes to achieve either simple design (resembling the wall papers) and more sophisticated ones.
These are just 9 of the basic techniques used in faux painting. Most basic so called (faux finishes) glazing, that are very common today in decorative painting are isolated glazing techniques, a positive or negative manipulation step in traditional faux painted wood graining, faux stone, faux marble, like sponging, ragging, rag rolling, stippling, strie or dragging, etc.
MJP Studios creates custom designer faux finish and faux painting techniques including wall glazing, gilding, patinas, textures, marble, wood, Venetian plasters, waxes and lacquers, decorating and transforming many living spaces in CT. N.Y. Ma. RI. And through out New England and the Northeast.