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    A Sampler of Faux Finish Techniques

    Wall Painting Techniques... =<*>= ➜ Sponging: This is the simplest of all techniques. Just dip a sponge in the paint and keep pressing it in random directions to create prints. Cover the entire wall without overlapping. Then, let this coat dry before applying a new one. ➜ Ragging: For this faux finishing, one needs to paint a tinted glaze over the base-painted walls. Apply a good wadded up dry rag or twist the rag in a cylindrical form and then use it. Keep dabbing the rag in different directions to remove the glaze. ➜ Color Washing: This technique involves the application of a tinted glaze mixture over the base paint coat in a circular motion, as if you were washing the surface of a car. To create these circular patterns, you can use a rag for a soft velvety look or use a natural sea sponge for a more well-defined textured wall look. ➜ Strié: To create an aged texture on the wall, use this technique. With a roller, apply a tinted glaze over the base paint coat. Then, use a wallpaper brush to create fine lines from top to bottom. In this technique, the glaze should be darker than the base coat so that it allows the lighter base to be seen through the fine lines. ➜ Combing: To learn faux finishing technique, apply a glaze using a roller. Then, with a quick hand, run a comb through it to create vertical or horizontal stripes. Else, you can even create a crisscross pattern by working fast. Also, with a little wavy motion, you can create a wavy pattern. Crackling: To try out these faux painting ideas, first apply the paint with a roller. Then, let it dry for 4 hours. Thereafter, apply a second coat by using the roller in the same direction, without overlapping the earlier strokes. Immediately, you will see that the tip coat will have a crack-like pattern. ➜ Marbling: Here are some marble faux painting techniques and tips. Clean the wall and then paint it with an eggshell paint and leave it to dry overnight. Next day morning, apply a thin layer of linseed oil. Next, black oil paint is mixed with a bit of eggshell to create a gray shade, which is then added a bit here and there over the linseed oil layer. Then, dab a rag on the wall to break up the color and get rid of the excess paint. Thereafter, soften the surface further. Next, with an artist's brush, add some veining pattern of medium gray shade. Make sure that it is in a diagonal pattern and not even. Finally, with a feather dipped in white spirit, apply it backwards to separate the bits and create a fine veining texture.

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