Faux Panting Process
by Lisa Bryant
Faux Finishing is something you cannot simply use a single term for and accurately describe what technique you are talking about. Since Lisa is skilled in many varieties of techniques and is able to create multiple textures and looks, we have given a small description below of some of those looks.
Marbleizing or faux marbling is a technique used to make walls, objects and furniture look like real marble. Lisa may choose to do this using plaster or glaze techniques.
Fresco is a simple technique where Lisa uses mixtures of tint and joint compound to add mottled color and subtle texture to plain walls.
Color wash is a free-form finish Lisa can use to create subtle variations of color with multiple hues of glaze blended together with a paint brush.
Strié, from the French for “stripe” or “streak”, is a glazing technique that when done correctly creates soft thin streaks of color using often achieved by the use of a paint brush. Lisa has used this as a technique 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. Lisa is a master at this and creates absolutely beautiful designs.
Sponging is a free-form finish achieved by applying glaze to the wall by dabbing a sea sponge. Lisa uses this technique quite often in creating various shapes to achieve either a simple design or much more sophisticated ones.
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, “fool the eye” in French, is a realistic painting technique often used in murals and Lisa will use this to sometimes create architectural details and depth as well as 3 dimensionality.
Venetian plaster is a smooth and often shiny plaster design that Lisa will use to make it appear textured but is smooth to the touch. Venetian plaster is one of the more popular and traditional plaster décor options used for this effect. If you want to get real and Authentic… the true Venetian Plaster is made from marble dust and ground up limestone.
While the end result of a faux finish paint job can be a very beautiful wall mural or marble finish, the process is one that is not in any way easy. Lisa Bryant has been developing her craft and Faux Finish painting skills for many years. Lisa has studied many styles and techniques that make her a leader in her craft. Here you can see some of the projects’ before and after to help understand the process.
Faux painting or faux finishing are terms used to describe decorative paint finishes that replicate the appearance of materials such as marble, wood or stone. The term 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.