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Ceiling Ornament In Nola – A How-To

New Orleans in July?  Sounds like the right time and place to create a trompe l’oeil French ceiling ornament to compliment New Orleans’ cajun heritage.  Pierre Finkelstein of Grand Illusion Decorative Painting shows you how he created this finish.

Ornamental Ceiling by GIDP

HOW TO CREATE THIS FINISH

Use our step-by-step instruction below

MATERIALS NEEDED:

Here is a list of the tools & supplies you will need to achieve this technique.  Supplies available at fauxbrushes.com are linked below and listed at the bottom of the page.

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PROPER PREPARATION

STEP 1 – PROPER PREPARATION: Use proper preparation methods to prepare your surface for Step 2.

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TRANSFER DESIGN TO THE CEILING

STEP 2 – TRANSFER DESIGN TO THE CEILING: For the greatest visual impact, it was determined that a center ornament would be painted on the high wooden ceiling in the grand room of the client’s New Orleans home.  A french ornamentation pattern and color palette was approved by the client.

A quarter of the design was created in a pounce pattern.  Then pouncing was done in four increments to create the whole.  The outline was then visible on the ceiling.

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PAINT ORNAMENT BASE

STEP 3 – PAINT ORNAMENT BASE: Using a high-viscosity medium, the Basecoat was painted using a synthetic, pointed trompe l’oeil ornament Detailing Brush.

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ESTABLISH THE LIGHT SOURCE

STEP 4 – ESTABLISH THE LIGHT SOURCE: Before beginning the trompe l’oeil ornament it’s important to establish the light source.  Blue painter’s tape helps to remind you where the light should be coming from.

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APPLY HALFTONE GLAZE

STEP 5 – APPLY HALFTONE GLAZE: A transparent halftone color was mixed. Using a soft pointed Detail Brush,  the color was generously applied to all of the shaded areas.

After the first pass, building the shadow continued with reduced layers of the tone.

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EMPHASIZE THE DARKER AREAS WITH SUPER ACCENT

STEP 6 – EMPHASIZE THE DARKER AREAS WITH SUPER ACCENT: Using the second tone as the accent color, the darker areas were emphasized.

Then the super accent was applied to the darkest areas.

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ADD HIGHLIGHTS & SUPER HIGHLIGHTS

STEP 7 – ADD HIGHLIGHTS & SUPER HIGHLIGHTS: Highlights and super highlight colors were then added.

Using a synthetic Lettering Brush (which is great for ornamentation) and a new color, an outline was added to the entire design. This provides much-needed definition to allow for proper viewing from the floor.

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ADD THE DROP SHADOW

STEP 8 – ADD THE FROP SHADOW: The final step is to add in the drop shadow – a lighter version of the outline color.

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PROTECT AND FINISH

STEP 9 – PROTECT AND FINISH: Apply Varnish in the desired sheen to protect the finish.

COMPLETED FINISH

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