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The word faux means false in French.
Faux painting is a decorating finish that can be applied to pottery, ceramics, walls or for that matter any surface you want to paint by sponging, rag rolling, stippling and dragging.
I have used this method on many of my ceramic pieces and they turned out very nice.

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First, you want to paint your project a solid color, this will be your background color.
Allow the paint to dry for at least four hours or overnight.

Now, select an acrylic paint color that contrasts nicely with the background color.
Mix and tint a glaze with the acrylic paint you have chosen to create your desired glaze color.
Pour the tinted glaze into a large flat saucer type dish or pie plate.

Decide what type of faux finish you would like for your project.
Sponging and ragging on are the easiest to do and are best for bumpy or irregular pieces, dragging and stippling are more difficult and require a smooth surface.
Paint a piece of cardboard or wood and let dry over night, use this to practice on.
Practice the technique you've chosen on the cardboard or wood until you're able to produce the desired effect.

Apply the tinted glaze to your piece using the materials and technique appropriate to the faux finish you've selected.

When your piece is completely dry, spray it with a gloss or matte clear spray.
Remember a piece that is sprayed with this is not food safe.

If you want to use this technique on a dinnerware set, put a food safe glaze on the bisque, use a cover coat to put on the design and cover over with another food safe clear glaze and fire.
Your pieces will have to be stilted or dry footed during firing or they will melt to the shelf.


It's important to use a glaze specifically designed for faux finishes because it helps provide a sense of translucence and depth.
Flat paints just look flat.
Try one of the easier techniques such as sponging or ragging, if this is your first faux painting project.
Be sure you have adequate ventilation while you're painting and while paint is drying.
Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from the chemicals and it will make washing up easier.

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