Faux Finishes

Faux finishing is a broad term that refers to painting techniques involving layers of color and design that enhance an architectural space and increase its ambience. It often includes techniques such as stenciling, trompe l’oeil, graining, ragging, stippling, varnishing, gilding, glazing and marbleizing.

These techniques add texture and interest to otherwise plain surfaces, and some are used to imitate different materials such as marble, granite, brick, leather and parchment. Decorative painting methods have changed little over the course of hundreds of years, although the materials have been improved. These artistic techniques have been handed down from one generation to the next at CSS for more than a century.

Pallium Display, Basilica of Holy Hill, National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians

Pallium Display, Basilica of Holy Hill, National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians

Hubertus, WI

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