Marble painted columns with another faux finishing technique
An analogy of color and using yet another kind of glaze that worked very well
Since I have been faux finishing for a number of years I have always liked to try out different mediums that are developed by the few product lines that I use.
An Interior Designer I work with does not like plain painted columns and while talking to the client about
the client asked about doing something with the columns.
Of course the first thought was a marble or a stone perhaps and again it seems that most clients want their columns similar to their flooring which in this case had more of a stone look but we needed to keep some kind of separation between the two, after all it would be boring in my opinion and wouldn’t stand as it’s own element in the room so why not create a stone look with some marble characteristics? The other challenge of the flooring was the fact that the tile had a very cold color of black while still appearing warm from one of the other colors within the tile hmmmm….
Now I do try to stick to the rules of mother nature but as I am sure that most of you will agree that the client and designers vision will more than likely over ride the rule and when it comes to creating custom finishes there really are no rules except for the use of color theory in general. I originally wanted to do a Violet Breche marble but after seeing that the 8″ columns were set on a 10 ft frame I knew it would be to directional and only add to the problem of the columns appearing too narrow. After I pouted about this privately I came up with another Fantasy Marble using three colors, (not counting the white as a color of course)
I chose Van Dyke Brown as one of the colors even though its on the warm side and hit it with just a touch of Ultramarine to cool it down I just had to hit it with a bit of Burnt Sienna which would push towards a violet hue once overglazed with white. ( I couldn’t help it I just had to see some violet despite being shot down about the Violet Breche marble hehehe)
On these particular columns I used a product made by Faux Effects International known as RS Glaze of course you can use any glaze you like but this one is a bit different being that it is designed as a “pull off glaze”. It was really fun to work with and being able to actually pull off the glaze cleanly was an asset when applying the look that I was trying to achieve.
Faux finishing in general can be a challenge at times especially when you must combine colors that are associated to the space you are working with. In today’s economy faux finishing of accent areas is more the market than doing entire room designs which have also gone into the more modern contemporary trends. Although this trend is usually short lived for maybe 4 or 5 years in my experience it does open doors for new challenges to incorporate some faux painting ideas that I have been wanting to try out, so it really is a win win situation although very challenging to those who are not up on their color theory.
As you can see another challenge was the yellow ochre color of the walls and trying to bring in this color into the faux finishing technique without turning green because of the VDB and UB combination. (Yellow and blue make green.) So with that in mind I went to Faux Effects version of Raw Sienna called Italian Sienna which is very yellow and if blending a glaze from this with the combination of the Ultmarine Blue and the Vandyke it can go to a muddy green very quickly, plus remember we want to overglaze the marble painted columns with a white. So my 2nd glaze I used the FE Italian Sienna and VDB without the Ultramarine of course and applied both glazes separately and by blended them with a “bagging” technique which picked up both glazes at the same time without actually blending them together and replacing them next to each other to create a broken color result and only after softening the glaze with a “badger” brush did I achieve the look without turning muddy.
The trick is NOT to over blend and turn it into mud this is where the beauty of the pull off glaze was most useful because when bagging the surface it was actually picking up the glaze clean from the surface.
The biggest faux finishing challenge of all was the relentless shadows that were all over the place, being very warm in one area and very cool in other areas despite the fact that the shadow side of the marble painted columns was so dark in shadow at times that the veining was going to have to be a very dark value so you could actually see it from a distance even during the middle of the day.
Viewing a room in different times of the day are very important when creating a faux finishing techniques to use for marble painted columns as you can see in these next few jpegs at different times of the day
Having to create darker veining was a must for the marble painted columns. Even faux finishing walls you really must see the room from all times of the day including the late evenings.
I just had to put these last photos in here
I hope you were able to get at least something from reading this mile long post