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Faux Finishing is a term used to describe a variety of decorative painting techniques. The French word faux means false and these techniques started as a form of replicating materials such as marble and wood with paint. Over time the term has come to encompass many other decorative finishes for walls and furniture. Faux finishing is an ancient technique, with examples of these finishes being used in Mesopotamia over 5000 years ago. It became popular in classical times in the forms of faux marble, wood, and trompe l’oeil murals. The technique saw a resurgence in the neoclassical revival of the nineteenth century and the Art Deco styles of the 1920s. Again, in the late 1980s and 1990s faux finishes experienced another revival and became very popular in home and commercial environments. ArtStudio21 specializes in theses techniques and more :
MARBLEIZING – Painting technique to simulate real marble
GRAINING – Using paint to imitate often exotic or hard to find wood grains
TROMPE L’OEIL – A realistic painting technique often used in murals to create three dimensional effects with specific elements and architectural details, making the image "pop up". “Trick the eye” in French.
VENETIAN PLASTER – This is a lime base plaster, mixed with marble powder, that gives a "marble like" effect , with a smooth surface to the touch
GOLD LEAFING - Application of real gold or imitation gold in extra thin sheets, that come in small squares, to create the look of gold in any surface.