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FAUX FINISH & FAUX PAINTINGS
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Azul Bahia Granite Faux Finish
Azul Bahia Granite Faux Finish

Azul Bahia Granite Faux Finish

The Azul Bahia granite is also known as Blue Bahia. Granite is a type of igneous rock that is granular and phaneritic in texture and is found all over the world. The Blue Bahia granite came from Brazil and is used for countertops, flooring and backsplashes.

Faux finish on plywood in marbling technique of sponge, denatured alcohol and veinings by feather. The basecoat is dark blue, with a series of layered glazes of dark, pale and light delft blues.

Alabaster Faux Finish on Acrylic
Alabaster Faux Finish on Acrylic

Alabaster Faux Finish on Acrylic

Alabaster is a varieties of two distinct minerals such as gypsum and calcite, a carbonate of calcium, also known as onyx-marble, Egyptian alabaster or Oriental alabaster is a stalagmitic limestone marked with patterns of swirling bands of cream and brown.

Faux finish on acrylic in a marbling technique applied in the rear side with whites, blue grays and beige oil painting.

Travertine Limestone Faux Finish
Travertine Limestone Faux Finish

Travertine Limestone Faux Finish

Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan and cream-colored varieties.

The faux finish is rendered in four tones which is golden beige, light brown, light yellow ocre and light yellow.

Yellow Sienna Marble - Faux  Finish Oil Painting
Yellow Sienna Marble - Faux Finish Oil Painting

Yellow Sienna Marble - Faux Finish Oil Painting

Yellow Sienna Marble marble was specialy design for bathroom, it has five layer texturing such as the orange as the base color and series yellow tones with haching of white veins and finish it with blending of highlights.

Column faux finish marbling - oil painting technique.

Portoro Gold and Black Marble Faux Finish
Portoro Gold and Black Marble Faux Finish

Portoro Gold and Black Marble - Faux Finish

Portoro black and gold mable is a calcite, sleek with erratic light brown and gold veining.

Acrylic faux finishing painting techniques start with ivory and charcoal black in "cissing" technique for the base painting and over coat with glazing of medium and dark gray with marbling technique and splatter of denatured alcohol to achieve organic texture. The veining dynamic design are in three layers with the combination of gold, brown, orange and yellow ocre, overcoat with gray veins and thin 50% white veins.

Cipollino Green Marble Faux Finish
Cipollino Green Marble Faux Finish

Cipollino Green Marble Faux Finish

Cipollino marble is a variety of marble used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. In creating a marble faux finish, it needs 3 shades of green acrylic paints in light, medium, and dark green colors. I use a sea sponge and dip into all three colors. Dab and smear the paint over the surface until it gets the impression.

Adding the veins with brush and feather stokes with white glaze and smoothed with soft mapping brush.

Turquoise Granite 
Stone Texture - Faux Finish
Turquoise Granite Stone Texture - Faux Finish

Turquoise Granite
Stone Texture - Faux Finish

Faux granite painting is best in kitchen, on countertops gives the appearance of a highly detailed and complicated faux effect.

A combination of prussian blue and turquoise color glazings with sponge pointellism faux finishing techniques.

Gray Granite - Wall Texture - Faux Finish
Gray Granite - Wall Texture - Faux Finish

Gray Granite
Wall Texture - Faux Finish

Gray granite is stone wall texture creating a visual of solidity and neutral texture. The application of three shades such as universal gray, granite gray and grimmy's gray colors with the faux finishing techniques will create this artwork.

Concrete - Faux Finish
Concrete - Faux Finish

Concrete Faux Finish

Concrete is a composite building material made from the combination of aggregate and cement binder. Imitating for faux finish with impasto modelling texturising paste using palette knife techniques and the sand with brush splatter. The illussion are achieve by a combination of different layer shades of colored glazes such as light and dark grays with lighter tone on the top layers as highlights, finishing with scattered black holes highlighted with white gives an impression of realistic effect.

Model project for Concrete faux finish on ceiling.

Beige Stone Texture -  Faux Finish
Beige Stone Texture - Faux Finish

Beige Stone Texture - Faux Finish

Rough cement texture, painted of 3 layers of colors of beige for the underground, lighter beige in the second layer and highligted with light beige. The application of second layer and the upper layer is a sheep skin stampping technique.

Stone Wall Faux Fini Brick Design
Stone Wall Faux Fini Brick Design

Stone Wall Faux Fini Brick Design

The beige rough finish and semi-rough gray stuco texture, with the plaster and with the texturizing tools. After it dries, I score the gap depth of the stone blocks to define pizza shapes with imperfect cutting of the stones.

The color rendition are derive from actual wall which layered in four range of beige and the grey blocks are overlap with the three layers of beige.

Stone Wall Faux Fini Tile Design
Stone Wall Faux Fini Tile Design

Stone Wall Faux Fini Tile Design

The masonry wall tile is design with slight finer texture and polished stone effect. This artwork of roman stone wall design are blended with three colors of dark beige from its base and a mix of hotter and pale tones. With the use of sheep fur technique, I have achieve the painting texture of the real stone wall model. Shades and shadows are important, the cast of strong highlight define each details and enhance the solidity of the wall.

Mud Walls Faux Finish
Mud Walls Faux Finish

Mud Walls Faux Finish

A simple and easy faux finish effect, the walls are texture with dry dex filling compound with the sea-sponge, creating muddy effect and flattened with pallette knife, the color is glazed with foam of red brown mud mate acrylic.

Stone Cave - Faux Finish
Stone Cave - Faux Finish

Stone Cave - Faux Finish

This Stone cave faux finish is a sculpture and carving on styrofoam, with the use of sharp cutter and hand saw give its textures and carv the volume of the stone, sanded to remove crush pieces, heated with heatgun, textured with steelbrush and faux painted with the local earthtone colors of the stone.

Bronze Oxidized with Patina- Faux Finish
Bronze Oxidized with Patina- Faux Finish

Bronze Oxidized with Patina- Faux Finish

Metallic bronze oxydized, the patina is a tarnish that forms on the surface of bronze, copper and similar metals produced by oxidation or other chemical processes. Also to stone, a sheen on wooden furniture produced by age, wear, and polishing or any such acquired change of a surface through age and exposure.

Suede Metallic - Faux Finish
Suede Metallic - Faux Finish

Suede Metallic

Suede color base Toffee Crunch makes the illussion of uneven tones overlapping color layers of beige, light browns and the upper layers are metallic silver mixed with gold and glazed with metallic bronze. When it was lighted the beauty sparks the elegance of the combinations of the metallics and on the the opposite is the holographic illussion of suede and its textures.

Hammered Texture - Emerald and Metallic Gold - Faux Finish
Hammered Texture - Emerald and Metallic Gold - Faux Finish

Hammered Texture - Emerald and Metallic Gold - Faux Finish

Each layers are series of tones of emerald greens with the glazing and sponge faux technique using acrylic gold paints.

Contemporary room design:
Room with hammered texture and harmony designs.

Metallic Champagne Mist - Faux Finish
Metallic Champagne Mist - Faux Finish

Metallic Champagne Mist - Faux Finish

Decorative faux finish with beautiful natural reflective stone patterns with bronze and silver underlayers and highlighted with metallic gold.

The layers starts with a base color of alencon lace, champagne mist (70% silver and 30% gold) and glazed with the series of layers of metallics using woolie and sponges.

Interior Decoration with Metallic Champagne Mist - Faux Finish.

Golden Brown Texture Finish
Golden Brown Texture Finish

Golden Brown Texture Finish

Golden brown texture finish with gold spots is a different strokes design for ceiling decor. This texture finish is c reated to harmonized the antique finishing of the interior decoration.

Antique Wood - Faux Finish Painting
Antique Wood - Faux Finish Painting

Antique Wood Faux Finish Painting

The process of antiquing a wood surface is simple and versatile. It can be used to give a variety of appearances from the old look, to a rustic look and to a ultra-modern finish. The surface preparation is simple and applied in any wood surface with a series of earth tones antique colors. There are three types techniques of preparation such as textured natural, stain-on-paint and paint-on-paint .

Wood Grain Wenge - Black and Dark Brown - Faux Finish
Wood Grain Wenge - Black and Dark Brown - Faux Finish

Wood Grain Wenge
Faux Finish Painting

A simple technique of the application of graining tool that creates the wood patterns. The method are, the preparation of surface with prime and base coat of dark brown, followed by a layer of glaze black in graining techniques and finished with wood tints.

Wood graning used for door and windows.

Red Oak - Wood Faux Finish
Red Oak - Wood Faux Finish

Red Oak - Wood Faux Finish

A simple red oak faux finish acrylic painting in two layers, such as the beige (golden) and the red brown oak paint glaze with 30% H2O. I used two graining tool, the rocking and the comb. Applying final layer of wood tint glaze and varnish for tone effects.

Olive Old Wood Texture - Faux Finish
Olive Old Wood Texture - Faux Finish

Olive Old Wood Texture - Faux Finish

Rough old wood antique texture are made for wall passion decor capturing the spirit of the 18th century design. Faux finish modelled from the interior walls of the Belgian home of Edouard Vermeulen.

 

Yellow Pine Wood Grain- Faux Finish
Yellow Pine Wood Grain- Faux Finish

Yellow Pine Wood Grain - Faux Finish

This model sample graining of yellow pine wood faux finish has two shades of deep cream and reddish - yellow, the design is hand painted using brushes. The gaining of wood pattern is imitate with the use of check roller to create its pattern effect. With its classic characteristic, yellow pine are used in flooring, doors, cabinets, stairs and because of its quality of expensive hardwood.

Wood graning of Arch Door Entrance
Zebrawood - Faux  Finish
Zebrawood - Faux Finish

Zebrawood - Faux Finish

The name zebrawood is used for wood with a figure that resembles the striping of a zebra, with dark stripes on a light background. The name originally applied to the wood of Astronium graveolens, a large tree native to Central America. The faux finish interpretation is with the use of two sided graduated comb graining tool.

Cedar Lumber Wood Texture - Faux Finish
Cedar Lumber Wood Texture - Faux Finish

Cedar Lumber Wood Texture - Faux Finish

A simple technique of the application of graining tool that creates the wood patterns. The method are, the preparation of surface with prime and base coat of dark brown, followed by a layer of glaze black in graining techniques and finished with wood tints.

Lumber Old Wood Texture - Faux Finish
Lumber Old Wood Texture - Faux Finish

Lumber Old Wood Texture - Faux Finish

Wood graining is made with the tradional paintng method creating textured with hog hair brushes and a series of mat paint color glaze rendition. The top layers are enhance with dark browns and blacks creating dirt and antiquity. This model sample graining of oak and walnut impression are refered from the original lumber aged wood, design of sizes varies of uneven heights.

Bamboo Stripes - Faux Finish
Bamboo Stripes - Faux Finish

Bamboo Stripes Faux Finish Painting

Cross section of bamboo stripes creates beautiful organic texture of native and exotic neutral colors. Bamboo as the stongest natural materials was design for furnitures and moldings, the most widely application is for the faux bamboo wall texturing. A combination of different fine brushes and graining tool to create the faux finish impression.

Indigo Denim - Faux Finish
Indigo Denim - Faux Finish

Indigo Denim - Faux Finish

Indigo denim faux finish brings casual comfort of a favorite denim jeans decorate on the walls.

Using a wallpaper brush to create denim fabric pattern by dragging with freehand horizontal and vertical strokes, weaving the texture finish of the denim.


The
Art of FAUX FINISH

Faux painting or Faux finishing ( faux fini / finis - French ) are terms used to describe a wide range of decorative painting ( peinture décorative ) 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.


History:

Faux finishing has been used for millennia, from cave painting to Ancient Egypt, but what we generally think of as faux finishing in decorative arts began with Plaster and Stucco Finishes in Mesopotamia over 5000 years ago.


Examples of faux paintings:

Faux became hugely popular in Classical times in the forms of faux Marble, faux Wood, and Trompe l'oeil Murals. Artists would apprentice for 10 years or more with a master faux painter before working on their own. Great recognition was rewarded to artist who could actually trick viewers into believing their work was the real thing. Faux painting has continued to be popular throughout the ages, but experienced major resurgences in the neoclassical revival of the nineteenth century and the Art Deco styles of the 1920s. Throughout the recent history of decorative painting, faux finishing has been mainly used in commercial and public spaces.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s faux finishing saw another major revival, as wallpaper began to fall out of fashion. At this point, faux painting started to become extremely popular in home environments, with high end homes leading the trends. While it can be quite expensive to hire a professional faux finisher, many faux painting methods are simple enough for a beginning home owner to create with a little instruction. People are also attracted to the simplicity of changing a faux finish, as it can be easily painted over compared with the hassle of removing wallpaper.

In modern day faux finishing, there are two major materials/processes used. Glaze work involves using a translucent mixture of paint and glaze applied with a brush, roller, rag, or sponge, and often mimics textures, but it always smooth to the touch. Plaster work can be done with tinted plasters, or washed over with earth pigments, and is generally applied with a trowel or spatula. The finished result can be either flat to the touch or textured.



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