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Faux Molding: A Tromp L’oeil Panel – A How-To

Part 3 of a 3-part series of the Hamburg Panel from Salon. This post presents how Pierre Finkelstein’s panel was created for the International event for decorative painters called SALON. This particular gathering was in Hamburg, Germany and the theme was “the harbor”. This post will focus on the faux molding in the final step of the panel, but there are separate posts to focus on the crab and turtle ornaments. 

Trompe l’oeil refers to a technique that creates an optical illusion, making two-dimensional works appear three-dimensional or creating realistic images that trick the viewer into believing they are real objects or scenes. Pierre Finkelstein of Pierre Finkelstein Institute of Decorative Painting shows you how he created this finish.

 See also:  The Crab (Part 1 of 3), The Turtle (Part 2 of 3)

Hamburg Panel for Salon by Pierre Finkelstein

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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COMPLETE OPTIONAL EFFECTS

STEP 1 – COMPLETE OPTIONAL EFFECTS:  Complete all previous effects prior to moving on to Step 2. See also:  The Crab (Part 1 of 3), The Turtle (Part 2 of 3)

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DRAW LINES

STEP 2 – DRAW LINES:  After Pierre figured out the profile he wanted to use, he drew the lines that would guide his strokes. Use a 5H pencil with a light but sharp touch.

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PAINT HORIZONTAL LINES

STEP 3 – PAINT HORIZONTAL LINES:  Mix Glazing Medium and Acrylic Colors to create a gradient palette. Apply with a Deerhoof Brush or Rondin Brush and Striping Edge for ultra clean lines. Learn more about the process with this video featuring the striping edge.

Close up

Pierre always does the horizontal moldings first – complete with the halftone and accent (shadowed parts) and highlight.

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PAINT VERTICAL LINES

STEP 4 – PAINT VERTICAL LINES: Then, the tape was switched and Pierre painted the vertical lines.

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PROTECT AND FINISH

STEP 5 – PROTECT AND FINISH:  Varnish was applied to protect the finish.

COMPLETED FINISH

Here is the complete look.   Sharp!

The Turtle & Crab Panel by Pierre Finkelstein

See also:  In ornament in 4 Basic Steps, Types of TL and Elements of light and shadow, The Medallion

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