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Faux Painting Techniques are often unobservable to the untrained eye. Stippling, Ragging, Stenciling, Spattering, Tortoise shelling, Woodgraining and gilding are some of the most popular faux techniques used today.
Ragging & Stippling
In these techniques, paint is applied on surfaces and are then manipulated with a brush or a newspaper. One has to ensure that paint is only applied to well cleaned and primered surfaces. A surface painted with two coats of latex primer is ideal. One can use a water-based glaze, but for a more professional finish oil-based mixtures are preferable.
The goal of Stenciling is to apply the color in a way that looks pronounced, yet won't get under the stencil. Getting paint under the stencil will destroy the look of the painting so one has to be very careful and meticulous. One has to make sure that the brush or the rag one is painting with is not dripping with paint. Careful application is the key of this technique.
A technique as simple and straightforward as spattering is quite hard to find, .the results of this technique is refreshingly original. If we were to, for example, spatter an object with a variety of gray, black and white paints, it will add depth to it. By adding a brown over the surface, the overall effect can even be made to look like granite.
In the Far East the use of tortoise shells in furniture veneers was quite a phenomenon. Today, the illegal nature of the ingredient (the WWF has banned the use of tortoise shells in furniture veneers) has resulted in artists looking at alternative materials for creating the same effect-artists have sought to recreate the look using paints. This finish is particularly suited to smaller objects.
Color washing techniques lend themselves to a rustic country look, but are versatile enough in virtually any setting when using appropriate colors. The effect works best with earthy colors, such as Venetian red, raw sienna and other natural, soft colors.
Throughout history, precious materials such as gold and Tortoiseshell have been used to embellish a variety of surfaces in grand interiors. This very process is known as gliding. Until the discovery of platinum in the 18th century, gold was the most precious and valuable of metals, and the art of gilding developed as an ingenious method of spreading a very thin layer of gold, either in leaf or powder form, over a less costly surface such as plaster or wood. The effects achieved were amazing.