Faux Finishes Ideas

Faux Finishes can achieve sensational effects on any number of items from walls, doors, large chest to smaller objects such as pots, boxes and vases. Any material can be used. You can even make your own scrapbooking paper or gift wraps. Try some of these finishes at home.

1. Spattering
Paint a light coat of colour for eg. Buttermilk. Let dry and paint again. 2 to 3 layers will be suitable. Use thin paint on a stiff brush ( round bristle brush) to achieve “ fly speck” spatters by dragging brush across fingernail. Practice on your scrap paper to achieve the size and thickness of spatters desires. sample of spattering and crackling

The picture opposite shows a spattered background, and a crackled hen>>

2. Crackling
Paint a darker coat colour on surface. Let dry and paint again. 2-3 layers will be preferred. Apply a layer of crackle medium. Both “ Folkart crackle medium” or “Deco Art weathered wood crackling medium” gives beautiful results. Apply a contrasting colour; if you use dark colour for basecoat, you can use light colour like buttermilk. Missed areas may be touched up immediately but do not overstroke because the paint will come out and your whole design will be ruined.

There is another crackling medium in Decoart called “ One Step Crackle”. As the name implies, you only need to apply crackle medium over any painted design or plain basecoated surface with a soft brush. Let dry 2 to 4 hours. Thin application will produce small crackled effects, thicker application will produce large crackled effects.



sponging3. Sponging
You can use sea sponges that come in various shapes from your local art shop or simply use the foam or kitchen sponge. Kitchen sponge can give good results too. I prefer the sea sponge because of its firmness and natural holes and textures created. Wet your sponge but make sure it is not dripping wet; squeezing all the water. Base coat your background first using the previous method discussed above. Dab a darker colour over the background. If it is too contrasting, add in another colour to soften it. I have sponged a whole wall using sea sponge before. Many have complimented over the creation.

The bouquet of flowers was first sponged with dark green, then light green with a kitchen sponge. I squeezed the sponge into a small ball to create the effect of small flowers.


4. Plastic bag printing
Yes, even your supermarket plastic bags can be used for finishing techniques. I have used this for my door design for my art room. Wad a small piece of plastic bag into a very crumpled mass. Press into paint then blot on palette (you can use recycled plastic container so as not to mess your palette). Print onto background colour. You can reload again by blotting the foil for each print. If the plastic gets too messy, simply replace a new one for fresh design that forms.

*This painting design can also be done by using aluminium foil.

cling wrap marbleizing5. Cling wrap marbleizing
Simple marbled effects can be created by laying plastic wrap in wet paint (over a dry basecoat).
First, apply thinned watery paint in a contrasting colour (if the basecoat is light, apply darker value, and vice versa ). While the thin paint is still wet, cover it with a cling wrap larger than the surface. Nudge a few wrinkles into the wrap. Then gently slide your hands across the wrap, forcing paint up into the wrinkles. If the paint is wet, leave to dry for 10-15 minutes. Peel off the cling wrap to expose a marble-like pattern.

6. Dry Brushing
There are also other finishes mainly for smaller areas like scrapbooking paper.
Try dry brushing – use a old flat brush and apply paint (acrylic paint) over the side of the paper. See picture below.


7. Printing
You can use anything, ranging from cork, paper towels, cheesecloth, bubble-wrap or even corrugated paper. All of these give interesting textures. See picture below.

dry brushing