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Art-Faux Designs Inc.™

“How to Faux Previews”

“Plaster For Niches, Fantasy Marble, Faux Tortoise Shell, Tissue Faux Texture”

and More.

Finally, after a bit of a break in commissions, I found the time to update my DVD list.

“Plaster For Niches”

I Have also started a download page for a few of my DVD’s where they can be bought and/or rented here at

How to Faux Downloads


This is my latest in How To Faux Videos DVD’s”Amazing Accents” series.

In this 1 hour video, I demonstrate a technique that once learned can be achieved in hundreds of color combinations that are only limited to the creative side of the individual. I have used this personally for some of my top designs as a starting point for even more customized looks

Wall Painting Made Easy

Starting with the basics of base paint is a good idea with this instructional where I show some simple “tricks of the trade” and basic tools that will make this chore much easier, cleaner and faster. If you’re still using a “rolling pan” watch this preview and throw that rolling pan away.

To me, it’s just an accident waiting to happen!

“Trompe Loeil Foil”

In this instructional DVD, there are a number of techniques that I use to create this finish and have successfully resold this look over and over again

whether it was just one part of it or as a whole. Check out this preview and the links below where

I have posted a completed cabinet design done entirely with this same technique

Trompe Loeil Foil Cabinet

Fantasy Marble

a color value study


Then of course you can’t have a set of instructional DVDs without one on marbling and this DVD is about using color value to create depth and volume along with a technique that is easy to understand and do. This is a one-color “Fantasy Marble” done with three different color values and a basic understanding of the importance of it when studying color theory. This DVD was recorded on an actual job so as to show how I execute this type of technique.

“This Link will take you to the post I made after”

marbling these columns

“Tissue Faux Texture”

“How to apply a tissue finish”

This “faux finishing idea” is one of my favorites because once it is applied you can change the look without changing the texture. It seems this is always an “In” kind of faux finish that works with any trend or “new look” that comes about

Again this instructional was recorded on-site during the application process and I have a ton of tips in this

“90 Minute Dual Disc DVD”

“How to apply tissue to moldings”

“Making seamless join lines”

and the number one question I get in my emails is

“How do you get a straight line against moldings?”

Faux Tortoise Shell

A unique tortoiseshell design

done a little bit differently than in the traditional sense


Tortoise Shell has a look all its own and until the mid to late 1970’s it was harvested for its beauty and durability.

Did you know they use to make guitar picks from the “Hawksbill tortoiseshell“? It was nearly harvested into extinction and is now a protected species. With the “Pennshell” now taking its place for inlaid furniture pieces or it is just rendered with a faux finish technique which is what I have done with this instructional DVD.

After everything is said and done I think you will enjoy these

How To Faux Previews

I am updating this post on 8/24/2020 to let you know that I am rebuilding this website and have had some major changes since this post was written as you can already tell. The digital downloads are no longer available and I have stopped selling the current issue of the DVDs. If you still want a DVD in the current format I do have a few leftovers.

Just contact me at artm137@gmail.com

13 thoughts on “How To Faux Previews”

  1. I may get a DVD, not sure what they cost, but man do I like that spatter too. Where can I get one of those, I’m tired of waking up in the morning knowing that my toothbrush has lost its life on the front lines. ; )

    • Hi Bobby, The price for the videos vary on the details the technique. Some are longer than others just click on the buy button and it will take you to the prices page. I am a little surprised I thought the prices were posted but I will check that. I am not sure where I bought the “Spatter tool”. More than likely I bought it at an art supply store, however you could just make your own by using a brush from a gun cleaning kit? The tool is made by Loew Cornell. Just Google it.

  2. Hi. I watched your video “How To Faux Video Live Seminar” and I was wondering if you were using paint or watered down paint to do the top coat that you were ragging/wiping off? The information I’m pulling up on google says to use watered down paint or glaze. What were you using? Thanks for the great videos!!

    • Hi Angie, There is no topcoat needed for this technique but you CAN use any clear waterbase topcoat if you want to.
      With this technique there is no glaze involved, I am using paint straight out of the can and a clean damp rag. It is a simple technique that can be learned by all, it just takes a little practice and understanding of “color value” which is part of basic color theory. I teach this to DIY’ers and home owners all the time. I don’t teach faux finishing or canvas painting to anyone unless I know that they understand color value and how it works. Once it is understood then mixing color makes more sense to the person who is learning. Usually by the end of the next class a person will have a “real” understanding of a glaze and it’s purpose and not something they picked up at some Home Depot or paint store where they are just trying to sell you on a product. Glaze from these stores are just paint without color and personally I don’t use the stuff. However there are those who love it only because they never have used the real thing and don’t realize that they are very limited to what they are able to do with it but for most that’s all they want to know anyway

      I am not actually “removing” anything, All I am doing is applying a very small amount of paint and breaking it up with a damp rag to create negative space with in the area of where I applied it. I don’t try to teach this by writing about it because it is one that has to be shown and demonstrated. I will be holding 4 hour Saturday classes on this in the fall for more information you can find it on my “Classes” page but you should sign up for my newsletter to stay informed of the schedule. Thanks for the comment and feel free to send me an email if you have any other questions.

  3. After purchasing and watching Art’s instructional DVD I feel more confident about completing my project. I am one who learns by watching and have found Art to be a Master at his craft and has been quick to respond to my questions.
    Sincerely, Paul

    • Thanks Paul, I try to help as much as I can, I wouldn’t call myself a master but I do practice a lot and love to help others reach their goal. I am glad you found the instructional helpful which encourages me to produce more when I find the time. If you have any questions feel free to contact me again and I do appreciate the comment

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