Ever since I posted a few images of my recent Onyx Faux Finish on my Face Book Profile I have received many “likes” and comments (over 100)
but I have also been getting many emails from other decorative artists on the subject.
In order to help with this subject I thought I would post a couple of resources that my fellow artists can go to get some information about
How Do I Faux Finish Onyx.
Even though my approach is different than what is shown in these books it is still very close to the same end result. As a matter of fact both these books are in my library of reference along with many others but these two are ones that I believe every decorative artist should have in their arsenal.
As we all know their is nothing better than an actual hands on class with a great instructor, but the next best thing is having as many resources as possible, and every good instructor encourages this fact.
Anyway here is a few more images of the other column and an email that I received with my response
“Hi Arthur, Do you have a dvd or information on how to create onyx with paint?? loved your column been looking for how to information on onyx , like your look the best. any info. or help would be very useful ty for your time. Debra”
Thanks for the compliment, I did start to record the process as I was working on the columns but because of the time involved in the process I would have had to put many hours into the editing so I just recorded the ground layer. There is a lot involved with the process and basic color theory is very important to know with this particular finish, so in order for me to teach this finish right I would have had to do a segment on basic color theory as well. This would have involved a very long instructional DVD and I would have had to charge too much for the DVD to cover the expense of creating it and the market demand does not support it unfortunately. I try to teach not only the “How To” part but I also want people to learn the “why” as well. Anyone can teach you how to do it, but if you don’t “why” your using certain colors that have to do with transparency and opaqueness then the DVD becomes pointless in my opinion. I do however have a DVD on “Fantasy Marble” and in this instructional it focuses mainly on “color value” and how to create depth and volume by using 3 different values of one color. There are many “faux finishing” schools across the country and I know most of the owners/instructors, but because of the fast pace of producing sample boards there really doesn’t seem to be in my opinion enough time spent on teaching color, surface prep. and trouble shooting. I also know the reason for this is because it would turn a 4 or 5 day class into a 7 to 10 day class very easily when teaching 15 to 20 different finishes and I do respect that. This is why there are several levels and class curriculum’s to try and meet these needs.
This particular onyx is called Brazilian Ribbon onyx which is very rare and upon my research I have found very little reference (images) about it let alone any “How To” on this particular surface technique but I was fortunate enough to have seen an actual piece of it some years ago.
Fortunately there is some reference to a similar technique involving an “Algerian Onyx” that I have written a blog post about referencing a book that many decorative artists refer to as “the bible” lol and by purchasing this book this should help you at least get an idea of how involved the application is.
So by clicking on this link to my last post “Faux Finishing Glaze Recipes” I think this should at least put you on the right track.
I could write an instructional on How Do I Faux Finish Onyx but it would take at least 2 to 3 thousand words so weather I was to create a DVD or an EBook it would still require a lot of time