What's a little paint between friends?

Enter the Faux Retreat Paint Bucket Challenge for a chance to win FREE classes, food and lodging at the August Faux Retreat!

It's easy! Here's how to enter:

First gather your supplies!  A paint bucket, a video capturing device, probably a change of clothes, maybe a towel.
1. Take a video with Instagram, YouTube or Vimeo and use the hashtag #FAUXRETREATPAINTME
2. Fill out the form below and add your video!
3. Share with your friends!  Did you Like our page?


1.  Take a video with Instagram, YouTube or Vimeo and use the hashtag #FAUXRETREATPAINTME
2. Fill out the form below and add your video!
3. Challenge another Decorative Artist
If either of you win, you both win half off the August Faux Retreat price!

Second and third place winners will get either a Cutting Edge Stencil or Royal Design Studio Stencil

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How to Watermark your Images

We all know the importance of a watermark to protect our images, especially for brand recognition, but very few actually know how to accomplish this.  Most think we need expensive software like PhotoShop to watermark our images, but there are free and inexpensive ways to do it as well.  

Every time I post a photo of a decorative finish on the House of Faux Facebook page, that I have found, and that does not have the artist's name anywhere, I feel sad for that artist.  Thousands of people are going to see the photo, many will "like" it and comment on it and the artist may never know how much others are enjoying their beautiful work. 

So now that I am giving you two ways to watermark, quit procrastinating and make some time to do it!  


There is a very good, easy to use website where you can create a watermark on your images in batches.  Saves a lot of time if you want to do a lot at once.  There is a free and paid versions to choose from.  https://www.watermark.ws


Here are step by step directions I found using fotoflexer.com if you prefer watermarking your images one at a time.

Step 1:  (this diy section from www.artsyfartsymama.com)
{You can create a login if you want to, but it's not required.}
Click on the "Upload Photo" icon {if loading image from your computer} or load your image from any of the locations on the bottom if you store them somewhere else.

Step 2:
Your image will show in the main window.
Click on the "Layers" tab {second to the last one on the right} and click the "Add Images" option.

Step 3:
A window will come up for you to upload an image.
Click the "Edit from My Computer" button to upload the watermark image you created earlier in this tutorial.

*If you have a custom logo, make sure it is a PNG file with a transparent background.

Step 4:
Resize your logo/watermark to fit to your photo by dragging one of the corners and holding down the shift key. You can also rotate your image by clicking on the arrow above the logo. You can make the logo as big or as small as you'd like.

Step 5:
Your logo doesn't have to stand out if you don't want it to. To have it blend in a little bit to your image, select the "Opacity" tool under the "Layers" tab. Move the slider towards 0 to make it more transparent, and towards 100 to make it more opaque. Click "Done" when you're finished. You can select the "Opacity" tool again if you decide to make any changes.

Step 6:
Sometimes a white logo won't work for a light colored photo. Easy to change!
Make sure your logo is selected. Under the "Effects" tab, select the "Invert" effect. This will change your logo from white to black, making it easier to see on lighter images.

Step 7:
When you're done editing, click "Save" up by the FotoFlexer logo. You can save this in JPG format since you won't need it to have a transparent background.

Step 8:
Save your new image.

Now you're on your way to better branding and a step closer to protecting your images!

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Have a sparkly 2015!

With New Years Eve approaching brings the inevitable celebrations with glitz, glamour and sparkle to mark the new year.  So what better time to showcase the many places you can purchase all the glittery wonders we use in our art?

There are I'm sure thousands of different sources and articles for everything that sparkles, so I apologize right now for not taking a whole month to find and list them all! ;)  Here are the ones I remember for sure, plus some other things that I thought were interesting.

I have NOT verified all of the below resources as being reputable companies.  Please do your own research before purchasing from any of them.

Sources for crystals, glitter, mica and

Diamond Dust Glass Glitter ~ Mica Flake Sparkles
Old-Time Sparkles, Glitter, Glimmer and Flitter

Meyer Imports
Importer of unique products for artists, crafters and designers. 

This place has some fun glitter and colors.

This site is confusing for trying to figure out what to buy, but they will send you some sample packs so it is easier to order in the future.  Glass beads and glitter

Huge selection of Swarovski crystals and beads.  Get a wholesale account if you can for those large jobs.

U.K. based giant glitter and flutter glitter.

You may want to get a wholesale account here to gain access to all of there many mica colors, flakes and tiles.

Types of leaf
Regular Gold
This term refers to the average thickness which a manufacturer has deemed as the standard for gold leaf. This standard may vary from one manufacturer to another. One gold beater's regular may be thinner than the regular leaf of another brand.
Surface Gold
Surface gold leaf may have a few irregularities and is often used where double gilding is required or the leaf will be distressed or toned.
Loose Gold
A book of loose gold leaf is assembled by placing each piece of gold leaf between pieces of thin rouged paper. The gilder can then remove one leaf at a time without disturbing the remaining leaves. It is removed from the book with a gilder's tip, a flat natural hair brush.
Glass Gold
This term applies to gold leaf which is selected for it's higher quality having fewer pinholes and irregularities.
Double Gold
Double gold does not mean that the leaf is two times thicker than regular leaf. Double leaf may be only 10% to 20% thicker than regular gold leaf. Double means that it is heavier than regular.
Patent Gold
Patent gold leaf, also referred to as transfer leaf, is gold leaf mounted to special tissue paper by a pressure process. A book of patent gold leaf is assembled by placing each unit of gold leaf and tissue paper between pieces of thin rouged paper. The gilder can then remove one leaf at a time without disturbing the remaining leaves.
Patent leaf is removed from the book without the aid of a gilder's tip. The leaf will stay on the tissue until it is pressed onto the prepared surface and the tissue backing is removed. This form of gold leaf is necessary for outdoor work or where conditions would make loose leaf unmanageable. Patent gold leaf is not suitable for water gilding and is best suited for flat surfaces.
Article from GildedPlanet.com

Supplies and tutorials.

Gold leaf, copper leaf, silver leafing & gilding supplies including edible gold flake. We also provide tutorials on how to gold leaf and comprehensive gilding.

Suppliers of gold leaf and supplies, imitation leaf, and gold leafing kits.

large array of genuine gold and metal leaf, gilding tools and supplies.

Blockhead Stamps



Mica Revolution




Infinity Foils

Texas Art
Specialize in exclusive European Glittering Supplies

How Can You Tell the Difference between Mica Flakes, Pyrite Flakes, and Gold Flakes?
Whether you’re gold panning or shopping an art store, when you see gold flakes it’s an exciting moment, especially if they turn out to be real gold.  But how can you be sure it’s gold and not mica or pyrite (also known as fools Gold?  Here are some things you can try:
  • Take tweezers and bend one.  Gold will bend, but pyrite and mica usually will not.  If the flakes shatter or break, they aren’t gold.  Gold will simply bead up.  Note that if you don’t bend it far enough, mica might spring back since it does have SOME flexibility.
  • If you poke pyrite or mica flakes with a pin, they will usually break apart into even smaller flakes, whereas gold will dent and spread like soft lead.
  • Rub the flakes between your fingers.  If they disintegrate, they aren’t gold.
  • Gold flakes will still look like gold in the shade whereas pyrite and mica won’t.
  • If you scratch a larger piece of pyrite, it will produce a sulfur smell.
  • Gold is a metal, pyrite and mica are not, so see what your metal detector has to say!  However, keep in mind that the detector won’t always detect flakes because they’re so small.
  • Gold shines, but pyrite and mica (due to their crystalline structure) tend to be more glittery in appearance.  In the sunlight, gold nuggets or flakes will continue to shine as the specimen is turned to different angles and remain the same color.  Pyrite and mica will glitter as the different sides of their crystal-like structure reflect light differently.  They will also change color when tilted in a different direction due to its color coming from reflected light.
From http://www.gemologistsam.net

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Vintage Glitter Bulbs

Remember these fun holiday bulbs? Some of you may even still decorate with them! This year I decided to give them a fab makeover!

Unscrew the bulbs, and coat each one with some Elmers glue. Sprinkle glitter all over & tap to remove excess.

Set to dry & figure out how you will display these sparkling beauties!
On a wreath?
In a bowl?
Gift tags?

My little gal grabbed a few for her room to be displayed with her decorations!

So easy to make & I love the retro feel!

Original post can be found on http://themoodyfashionista.blogspot.com/2011/12/vintage-glitter-bulbs.html

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RokRez Pro Clear/Metallic

Used RokRez Pro Clear/Metallic on MDF boards.
Here are the steps:

Sprayed boards with Bulls Eye 123 white. Let dry 30 minutes.
Light sand and tack cloth.

Mixed Metallic thoroughly into activator.
Added metallic activator mix into Clear. Same as always. 2 parts clear to 1 part activator. (Pre-measure activator amount before adding metallic powder)
Mixed 3 minutes.

Poured 1st metallic color on boards. Squeegeed product around. Drizzled in other colors.
15 minutes later splashed surface lightly with Denatured Alcohol.
Let sit 2-3 minutes then hit it quick with a leaf blower to create movement.
Boards will dry with same gloss level.

Total project time about 1 hour.
Easy project for a floor or countertop.

This would make for a great class in your store or an amazing floor!

Samples sell products, not buckets!

Painted floors can be more than gray!

Recipe provided by Jim Hay 

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Remembering Doyle L. Self II

Doyle Self

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Doyle Self.  Cancer had once again claimed another victim.  I was just one of thousands that Doyle either taught or inspired with his love, really his passion of Venetian plastering.

I first got to know Doyle in 2003 when I was looking for a plaster expert to be a moderator on Talk Faux Forum. I had done some research and several people I had talked to told me to ask Doyle, they said he owned the School of Italian Plasters, was the exclusive distributor for Safra products and he was considered my many to be the "king" of the plaster industry. I think it took me a week to finally work up the courage to ask him, but when I did, Doyle immediately accepted and then spent about 30 minutes giving me a history lesson on plasters and telling me why most likely my plastering sucked! Ha!  He wasn't wrong!

Thank you Doyle for all the plastering help you gave me and the countless others in the industry either through classes at your Atlanta, California or Texas School of Italian Plaster locations, through industry conventions and events, forums, phone calls or countless other ways.  You will be missed!

Happy trowels to you Doyle!


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