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Faux painting or faux finishing are terms used to describe a wide range of decorative painting techniques. The naming comes from the French word faux which translates to “false”. These techniques started as a form of replicating materials such as marble and wood with paint, but have subsequently come to encompass many other decorative finishes like leather, stone, fabric and metallics for walls and furniture. Throughout this site you will find all types of finishes both "real" and "faux".  Whatever finish you decide on, I have hundreds of possibilities for you to choose from. I look forward to working with you on your next project!

Real Finishes-

Over time all the finishes we create have been lumped into the category of “faux” but a lot of the ones you find on this site are real finishes, like venetian plaster. True venetian lime plaster, made of water, limestone and marble dust, has been used for over 5,000 years. The process of producing these materials has remained nearly identical - only modernized by machinery. Many of the Italian lime plasters I use are used for historical restoration in Europe. This is not just using paint or glaze to make something look stone or marble -  when the water evaporates from the plaster, what remains is a limestone veneer.


Faux Finishes-

Like some of the real finishes, true faux finishes like faux wood (faux bois) or faux marble have a very long history in design as well. Examples of faux marble can be seen in the ruins of Pompeii. Faux wood has also been used throughout history, including the Renaissance. Even early Americans utilized many faux painting techniques in and on their homes. While the word faux might bring to mind images of sponging and rag rolling (ugh!), the industry is so much more. As artists, we are endlessly inspired by new products, like metallic plasters and glass beads, to create new application techniques while also giving a nod to our past.

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