Leaves by Pro Faux
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do faux. This sections features some exciting projects from
many of the top faux-finishing and decorative painting firms
in the industry. The variety of projects reflects a dazzling
array of techniques and finishes. We hope you try some of them
for yourselves. Enjoy the experience!
Autumn Leaves is an intriguing textural finish
that is evocative of a beautiful Ohio day in late October. This
finish is appropriate and durable enough for walls and furniture.
The same materials can be used in creating other textures, too.
You can vary the final coloration widely as you begin to experiment
with different combinations of Pro-Venetian Bases, Pro-Faux
Metallic Waxes and Pro Faux Stonewash Colors.
Prime the wall surface with a red-orange Low Luster (Flat, Matte,
Velvet, Eggshell or Satin) Acrylic Enamel.
Step 1: Skim coat the wall with
a thin layer of ProFaux Red Base using a drywall knife and mud
pan. Let dry.
Step 2: Lubricate the leaves. Dilute
2 ounces of BrushStuff with a quart of warm water and stir well.
Submerge a handful of leaves into the solution. Remove leaves
from the solution and set aside on a stack of paper towel to
Step 3 (Leaf Impressions): Use
6 inch glue steel spatula to cross hatch the Red Base to a small
wall section. Allow this to "set up" to two to five
minutes. Press a leaf into the wet surface using the 4-inch
spatula the flatten out the leaf. Lift the leaf out by the stem.
Flip over and reposition it to make a similar impression nearby.
Rotate the position of the leaves so that the overall pattern
does not look too repetitious. Allow final texture to dry several
hours to overnight.
Tips: For more depth,
immediately after flattening the leaf with the 4-inch Spatula,
apply a small amount of Red Base over the edges of the leaf
before lifting in out of the wet Red Base. the leaf impression
will appear to be deeper and well defined. work on one square
foot at a time, gradually increasing the working area with practice.
NOTE: If Red Base is too wet, the leaves will suction to the
Red Base, creating "peaks" rather than a crisp veining
Step 4 (Adding Color): Applying
ProFaux Metallic/Iridescent Acrylic Waxes - Use a dampened cellulose
sponge to apply Pro Faux Metallic Waxes. Apply two or three
very thin coats of ProFaux Copper Metallic Wax; apply in small
swirl pattern like waxing a car. rinse sponge occasionally in
plain water to freshen and between different wax colors. Use
ProFaux Russet Iridescent Wax to accent over the Copper Metallic
Wax. Finally, highlight overall pattern with hits of ProFaux
Bright Gold Metallic Wax. Let dry 20-30 minutes.
Step 5 (Toning with ProFaux Stonewash
Powders): Use 2 tablespoons of ProFaux Stonewash Pigment
- Black and 3 tablespoons of ProFaux Stonewash Pigment - Brown
Oxide with 2 cups of water. Stir well. sue a cellulose sponge
to apply this watery mixture to Red Base texture in short random
pattern, rather than in swirls. Allow to dry. With a fresh sponge,
lightly remove excess color to accentuate leaf pattern. Stand
back and evaluate overall effect. You can selectively add or
subtract color by dabbing or rubbing carefully as ProFaux Powder
Pigments contains no binders.
Step 6 (Protective Topcoat):
When satisfied with overall effect, you must protect the Stonewash
colors with either ProFaux Acrylic Clear Satin Wax or a water-based
varnish. To apply the Clear Satin Wax over Stonewash colors,
extreme delicacy is in order. Take a small amount of the Satin
Wax on a clean damp sponge. On a small plastic plate, work the
Satin Wax into the sponge. With only the weight of the sponge,
very gently swirl the Satin Wax onto the highest parts of the
wall texture. Repeat, using very little pressure as too much
will immediately take away the dry Stonewash color. the Satin
Wax dries almost on contact when applied thinly. This will allow
you to apply a second or third coat within minutes. Each application
can be applied with slightly more pressure than the last. The
varying sheen and wonderful feels of Pro Faux's Satin Wax will
make it worth the effort to apply several thin layers to your
project. Alternatively, spray or roll a satin water-based varnish
to "lock up" the Stonewash color. Either method of
protection will liven up your Autumn Leaves Finish by bringing
out the luster of the ProFaux Metallic Wax colors and the warmth
of the ProFaux Red Base.
Variations on a theme:
Create subtle color variations by experimenting with various
colorants and concentrations.
Drying Time: Allow
two hours to overnight, depending on film thickness.
in thin layers for more flexibility. thick layers for more flexibility.
Thick applications may cause cracking but does not affect adhesion.
Cleanup and disposal:
Use hot water for application equipment. Do not dispose of any
[product in sewers, waterways or municipal garbage. Allow waste
product to harden before disposal. If liquid disposal is necessary,
contact your local municipality or paint store for instructions.
ProFaux of Akron, Ohio, is guided by the
talented John Catalanotto and Greg Frohnapfel, who have built
the company into an industry leading in hands-on workshops and
revolutionary faux products.