Faux Finishing by Leichsenring Studios
Why a faux finish?
First, let’s get the terms in order. A “faux” (pronounced foe, that rhymes with doe) finish is actually appropriate when used to describe “painted” marble (when the work is termed faux marble) or when a surface is painted to look like wood (this work uses the French term faux bois which translates as fake wood). Those are the only occasions when the work is “faux” or fake. However, today, that term has grown to include many artisan finishes. Some of my favorites at Leichsenring Studios are glazes, which are washes of transparent color on a painted wall, or perhaps a metallic basecoat. The depth and richness are tangible. There are also wonderful textured finishes that simulate the look of linen, leather, stone and slubbed silk. Plaster finishes can range from smooth to pitted. Such personalities!