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Antiquing Silver Leaf
Step-by-step tutorial

Antiquing glaze creates the soft glow of slightly tarnished silver.


Basic antiquing

Antiquing is the process of aging a surface to produce a time-worn appearance. There are many methods of antiquing objects, furniture, mural paintings and wall surfaces. 

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Antique Plaster Effects

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. You can complete each tutorial as a finish and style in it's own right. Or, depending on your interests and style needs, combine the tutorials to achieve the hand-painted fresco appearance that will bring your environment to life.

Furniture Antiquing 

Ideally suited for kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities and almost any piece of furniture. Create a polished ivory look, or a Classic French striee with this glazing recipe and technique.

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Glazing techniques 
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Gold Leafing might be just the right accent you're looking for!

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Masking tip: 
Always test an area to be taped before beginning the masking job. Wallpaper is particularly susceptible to tearing. Lacquer and varnish surfaces on furniture may come off easily with the tape and the item could be severely damaged.



Painting and Glazing Wicker Furniture
For use on: furniture, objects

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Antiquing Center Furniture Center Color Center Gilding Center
Basic Preparation for Furniture

Create your own Colors!

tuscan caribbean green ocean blue
mexican red celadon green terre-cotte

Custom color blends
at the artSparx
Color Palette!

  New unfinished furniture  
  Old unfinished furniture  
  New painted, stained, varnished or waxed furniture  
  To re-paint furniture
  To stain or varnish
  Old painted, varnished, stained or waxed furniture  
  To re-paint furniture
  To stain or varnish

Can you paint or glaze wicker furniture and objects?

Yes, you can paint or glaze wicker furniture. This quick and easy process can freshen up your furniture for a new look, or to simply coordinate with the existing decor theme of your room and home.

Re-painting wicker

Completely re-paint the wicker using cans of spray paint to insure you get all the surfaces. It may be helpful to start with a white spray primer to help conceal the original color tone. You can spray any color you like, depending on the final look you are going for.

Applying a glaze over wicker

To glaze the wicker, simply mix a glaze according to the recipes found at the artSparx Color Palette. Or choose a color you like at the paint store, latex satin sheen should work nicely. Dilute this color with glazing liquid (or Floetrol) and water to produce your glaze. Apply the mixture with a brush to the wicker, pouncing or dabbing at the surface to insure you get full coverage. Next wipe with a clean rag to remove the excess and buff up the ‘high points’, leaving glaze settled in the shallow or recess areas.

Adding decorative accents to wicker

You can also add stripes or patterns depending on how ambitious you are. A single line in a complementary color, approx. 2 inches below the top line and about 1 inch thick can add a lovely detail. If you chose a color from the room it can act as the perfect tie-in from furniture to room.

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Latex Blend & Glaze Decorative Painting Liquid

A semi-translucent glazing and blending medium used to create faux finishes and decorative painting techniques. Mixes perfectly with interior latex paint, universal tints, or artist water colorants.

Quart $ 11.29

artSparx color suggestions

If you want a light, sandy appearance, start with a white paint as your base, and follow with the appropriate glaze color. If you would like a blue, or sage green look, then start with a base color that is close to the final look you want, just a bit lighter, and glaze over with an appropriate glaze. If you want a ‘wicker’ color, medium tan, than start with a medium tan color as your base. For more color ideas and recipes visit the artSparx artSparx Color Palette.

Antiquing Gold Leaf

Add the finishing touched to your gold leaf surface!


Special Feature - About gilding products

Aluminum Leaf

Dutch Gold or
composition leaf

Aluminum Leaf imitates the illusion of genuine Silver, at a fraction of the cost. Each individual sheet is bigger and easier to handle then its genuine counter part.

The same applies for 'Dutch Gold', or 'Composition Leaf'. But due to the large brass content, this imitation gold must have a sealer applied to prevent tarnishing, unlike genuine gold leaf.


artSparx Book special

The Paint Effects Bible: 100 Recipes for Faux Finishes


The Paint Effects Bible:
100 Recipes for Faux Finishes

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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