Thursday, August 28, 2008

Faux Painting glazes

I would like to discuss the multitude of faux painting glazes on the market. After 10 years of literally painting hundreds of walls, I am convinced that water based(acrylic) glazes are the best. The oil based ones have a strong odor. I personally use paint conditioner mixed with acrylic paints and make my own glazes. I have read message boards that say the finish is not durable but I beg to differ. In ten years, I have never had any of my past customers complain about that. Even when I have made a mistake (dark lap lines or missed feathering out section) and I want to take off the glaze, it's not easy. I usually have to use some kind of paint thinner and lots of elbow grease. I am talking about just an hour or so when the glaze has dried. So try mixing your own glazes. Read some faux painting articles concerning how to choose your colors for your faux painting projects before you start. Planning is very important before starting anything.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Progress - Faux Painting projects

Well I can't believe it's the middle of April and I have been swamped with projects. Since I still do faux paint, I have a big job coming up and it required a little playing with my own faux painting tools! They want a simple sponging technique but the walls are flat and they want a metallic in there. Thank God I was able to finally come up with a board they liked. I'm so used to having clients want a color wash or Old World look. But I'm glad they decided on the sponging because the walls are flat which meant either having to repaint the walls in a satin finish or using tons of glycerin and elbow grease...if you know what I mean.

I faux painted a marble finish on a formica countertop and a faux granite finish on another. They came out great. Sure would love to see a paint product that sticks to formica without so much curing time. I have used Plaid's enamels, but they only come in small bottles at the store and they have to cure 21 days before you can top coat with a varnish. So I just sanded and used Bulls Eye low odor water based primer and a satin basecoat. Here are a few pics. I plan to incorporate the steps and faux finishes on a new Marble/granite DVD I am currently filming and editing. You can see more pictures for the faux finishes that will be included on Murals and Faux Painting site. Click on the videos button and then click on faux painting marble video.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Faux Painting Plans for 2008

Well, it's a new year. Where did 2007 go? One desire I have is to be better at posting new blogs regularly. Since I do not merely run a faux painting business which sells tools and gives classes but I also continue to faux paint myself, it is difficult to do everything with the excellence with which I love to do so. I don't want to be critical but I do notice that some faux finishing sites that are just pages with articles written by other faux painters and filled with google ads. There are some who just want to sell tools and don't really care if they work well. That's not my intention. I use my own tools and quite honestly, I can't faux paint any other way! Believe me, I have tried. There's so much to consider in choosing tools besides cost. I plan, God willing, to tape some audio podcasts to cover some critical areas in the faux painting business.

For anyone who is reading this blog, please help a sister Please let my company know of any glitches on my site and any suggestions to make it easier to navigate.

Faux Painting Wood and Knockdown
I painted (to the glory of Jesus) some nice jobs right before the holidays in 2007 that I want to be able to share. Two of them are pictured in this blog. Faux painting on knockdown is so easy and I have a free video showing how to add a color wash to the texture in multiple colors.
Can you believe that the door is made out of cardboard? I plan by the grace of the Lord to tape a video showing how to faux paint a wood finish. Sure would love to be able to see a camera that will do the painting justice.

Happy New Year to all and may Christ show you personally how much He and our heavenly Father love you and are crazy about you. May their plans for you be fulfilled.

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