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Gilded Ceilings
& large surface areas

Gilded Ceiling Tutorials
Gilding Ceilings and large area surfaces like walls has never been easier. Learn how now!

Purchase Ribbon Leaf for large area surfaces!

Hand-painted Delft tiles

The loose un-even quality of this faux technique makes painted Delft tiles an ideal decorative effect for the beginner or inexperienced do-it-yourselfer.

Irregular lines and hand painted renderings add character and old world charm, easily achieved without any prior painting experience.

more decorative treatments

Simulated Fresco Treatments

Create old world charm or contemporary sophistication with these easy to follow plaster effects and simulated Fresco techniques.

artSparx has created a 3 stage step-by-step tutorial series. Series 1 begins with basic plaster application, our 2nd series illustrates antique glazing and plaster distressing methods, culminating in the final fresco simulation series 3, hand-painted elements.

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Silver Leafing
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- Advanced step-by-step tutorials, including gilding techniques, decorative and faux finishing effects, and home decor ideas.
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-Animated features delivering precise how to information.
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- Color recipes for glazing, decorative techniques, antiquing and more.
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Antiquing methods at The Antiquing Center
  "Classic antique glaze recipe
specific colors required and proportions to produce the classic antique glaze.
Antiquing with oil glazes 
Antiquing with water based glazes 
Antiquing with waxes
  Antiquing Gold Leaf
Add the effects of age and time in a few short steps.
  Antiquing Silver Leaf
Antiquing glaze creates the soft glow of slightly tarnished silver. Mixing the right colors use to be a challenge. Well not anymore.....
artSparx Color Palette - Color Learning Center

artSparx ColorSelect System - color mixing recipes

Color Palette
  Parchment color wash recipe
If you are going for a linen/parchment appearance on your walls try this simple recipe.
Ask artSparx - Question and answer forum
Gilding Techniques at the artSparx Gilded Corner
Gold leafing techniques
Silver leafing techniques
Imitation leaf gilding techniques
Exterior Gilding Techniques
Gilding Ceilings and large surfaces - Walls and more.
7 essential gilding tips
Gilding terminology
Gilding Supplies and special offers
Step-by-step tutorials
Simulated Fresco Treatments -  NEW
Create old world charm or contemporary sophistication with these easy to follow plaster effects and simulated Fresco techniques.
Bronzing Patina animated clip!
Simulated bronzing effects are ideally applied over metal surfaces, or wooden objects, to create the appearance of a genuine bronze patina.
  Chinese Red Lacquer paint treatment
This simulated polished red lacquer effect is perfect for creating an authentic Asian influence in any environment. Transform simple furniture, or elaborately carved ornament into a beautiful keep sake.
  Venetian Ochre - Marbleizing - animated clip!
This vibrant Ochre marble can make your simplest furniture look grand.
Carrara White Marble
Create this classic white marble treatment on any surface!
  Delft Tiles
Learn to paint these classic tiles, ideal suited for back splashes, decorative trays and objects, fire place surrounds, or just about anywhere you want to add a splash of old world charm.
  Furniture glazing
Antique furniture with this classic glaze. Create a hand polished ivory finish that professionals will envy. 
Glazing Cabinets - Kitchens, baths and furniture
  Antique wood grain - animated clip!
Produce this rustic finish with the appearance of antique wood grain.
  Weathered doors and windows -
This simple distressed finish evokes time worn comfort and easy living. A perfect decorative paint finish to complement color-washed walls.
  Antique Plaster Wall Effects - NEW
Contemporary treatments using plaster effects can add richness and texture to your rooms, while implying an impression of sophistication and elegance.
  Painting Sky Murals
Cloud and sky paintings can be a simple representation or an elaborate painted affair. Learn how to create your own.
  Hand Painted Floor techniques
The magic of a painted floor can transform a common space into a unique and beautiful expression of you and your families personality. You can paint entrance floors, children's rooms, porches, or just about any wooden floor.
Mural Painting

Essential mural tips and techniques!
Creating effective murals often incorporate many different techniques, painting, glazing, and perspective to name a few. The most important factor is your imagination. But if that's not enough we've put together a few helpful tips to get you started in the right direction fast.

Decorating Children's Rooms
  Series 1
Painted stripe treatment. Create softly
rag rolled and striped yellow walls.
  Series 2
Adding hand-painted decorative scrolls, allows you to further embellish the room with decorative motifs.
  Series 3
Painting furniture details. Complete the room by adding the final touches to furniture and room details.
Quick Chart: Proper use of colorants. Oil based and latex based color mixes.



Antiquing gold and silver leaf.

This classic antiquing glaze creates the soft glow of slightly
tarnished silver. Ideally suited for genuine silver leaf and
imitation aluminum leaf.

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Complete Basic Gilding Kits



Includes all the tools and materials to apply imitation gold leaf, aluminum or copper leaf. Set contains one 4 oz. bottle of Gilding Size, natural hair brush, cotton and mixing sticks, wet/dry paper and book of leaf. Water-based. Each book contains 25 leaves.
Each leaf is 5.5" x 5.5" square. Approx coverage is 5.25 sq. ft.


artSparx Book special

The Paint Effects Bible is a library of faux finishes: 100 of them. Each is described on a single spread with a large photograph of the finish plus step-by-step illustrations, an ingredients list, and detailed instructions for creating the effect.

A valuable source for professional and amateur decorators alike, this book comes in a handy, pocket-sized format with a concealed wire-binding that lays flat during use.

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Interior Style design features

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Modern Options Metallic Surfacers 8 oz. bottle iron

Modern Options Metallic Surfacers

A liquid of pure ground metals is ideal as a finish coat or as a base for treating with any patina and tinting solutions. Produces a true metallic finish on virtually any paintable surface. Great for outdoor use on garden ornaments, flower pots, architectural elements, and much more. Easily cleans up with water.


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Painting cloud ceilings

Painting faux marble

Glazing and Antiquing furniture

Wood Graining

Creating Rustic Wood Grain

Silver leafing and Gilding Techniques


Antiquing Methods and Principles

Adding an antique patina to furniture, cabinets, mirror and picture frames and decorative objects is easy with these methods.

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