Decorative Painting Techniques - Faux FinishesDecorative Painting Techniques

After many years of training, Lancaster Painters Australia are highly skilled in decorative painting techniques including faux finishes. Faux painting or Faux finishing are terms used to describe a wide range of decorative painting techniques. From the French word faux (false), faux painting began as a form of replicating materials such as marble and wood with paint, but also encompasses many other decorative finishes for walls and furniture.

Faux painting became popular in classical times in the forms of faux marble, faux wood, and trompe l’oeil murals. Artists would apprentice for 10 years or more with a master faux painter before working on their own. Great recognition was awarded to artists who could actually trick viewers into believing their work was the real thing. Faux painting has continued to be popular throughout the ages, but experienced major resurgences in the neoclassical revival of the nineteenth century and the Art Deco styles of the 1920s. During the recent history of decorative painting, faux finishing has been mainly used in commercial and public spaces.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, faux finishing saw another major revival, as wallpaper began to fall out of fashion. At this point, faux painting became extremely popular in home environments, with high-end homes leading the trend. While it can be quite expensive to hire a professional faux finisher, many faux painting methods are thought to be simple enough for a beginning home owner to create with a little instruction, However, they fail to take important details like corners into consideration and end up with a do-it-yourself looking job. The finishes we have been applying are as simple as oil glaze, oil-based paint, penetrol or as complicated as applications with peacock feathers and four different colours applied using four different techniques. People are also attracted to the simplicity of changing a faux finish, as it can be easily painted over compared with the trouble of removing wallpaper. The trouble with removing wallpaper came when people who had no formal training did not follow proper procedures during preparation such as priming with an oil-based primer and following that with another product to make the paper come off relatively easy.

In modern day faux finishing, there are two major materials or processes used. Glaze work involves using a translucent mixture of paint and glaze applied with a brush, roller, rag, or sponge, and often mimics textures, but it is always smooth to the touch. Plaster work can be done with tinted plasters, or washed over with earth pigments, and is generally applied with a trowel or spatula. The finished result can be either flat to the touch or textured.

A Splash Of Paint

Heritage Faux Wood Grained Doors

With a splash of paint, we can imitate just about any finish you can imagine – for a fraction of the cost! We are able to replicate expensive, extinct or hard to find products. Our hand painted faux finishes (fake finishes) include marble (marbling), timber (wood graining), stone (incl. granite, malachite, marulan stone etc.), precious jewels (such as emerald, amethyst, etc.), metals (incl. gold, silver, copper, stainless steel, rusted metal, liquid metals etc.), mosaics and tiles, brick, animal skins (incl. leopard, zebra, snake), artistic finishes (incl. 3D art) etc.

Hand Painted Faux Finishes

From Wood To Marble

As masters of faux painting techniques, Lancaster Painters Australia are continually inspired by the aesthetics of creative faux painting, design and art – dealing with the nature of art, beauty and taste, with the creation and appreciation of the beauty of faux finishes.