Decorative Painting: Gilding, Wood Graining, Marbling, & Stenciling

Decorative Painting:

Gilding, Wood Graining, Marbling, & Stenciling, 

Decorative painting involves wood graining, also known as faux bois, marbling or faux marble, wall glazing or “faux painting”, color washed textures like brick or stone, trompe l’oeil effects with shading in a life-sized effects,  gilding with metallics, or any kind of broken-color work that involves visual texture without discernible tool marks.   When you use a tool that leaves tool marks such as ragging or bagging…, it is called as such.

Decorative finishing involves using traditional media such as oil, beer, casein, varnish, and wax, as well as contemporary media such as acrylics, water-based mica metals, and synthetic textures.  Decorative painting is in no way a new practice, it, in fact, can be traced throughout our history and linked back to endless cultures.  A lot of the decorative painting we see practiced today is primarily rooted in the techniques and aesthetics of the Renaissance period.   With new materials such as metallic plasters, iridescent pigments, acrylic waxes, natural lime and cement and others, a  contemporary look suitable for modern architecture can be achieved for discerning decorators and homeowners.

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