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Paint a Faux Granite Finish in Miniature or Full Scale Using Basic Supplies


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Use Paint and Glazes to Create Depth in Faux Granit Coatings
A first layer of ground color glaze and some iridescent paint applied to make a faux granite finish

A first layer of ground color glaze and some thin blotches of iridescent paint are applied to the base color to begin building up a faux granite finish.

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Once you have your basic undercoat started for your painted faux granite finish, you can add the illusion of depth to sections of your faux granite by using glazes. You make a glaze by adding a bit of pigment or paint to a clear finish, either gloss or satin depending on the final finish you want your faux granite to have. (For honed finish granites use a satin or matte finish). Glazes allow you to layer the color effects in your stone and make your painted finish seem like a much thicker stone pattern. Glazes made with iridescent paints or mica pigments can create the effect of crystal layers in granite. For my miniature granite I used a glaze of a mustard yellow or 'gamboge' color across some areas of my base coat. I also applied a thin glaze of to add the shine effect of small irregular crystals along some edges of the white undercoat layer. (see photo above). You can also add thin washes or sponged on dabs of of Jacquard Pearl Ex Pigments to add colored mica specs to your granite layers. If working on a full scale finish, a section of sea sponge is the best way to add irregular paint flecks.

You will be gradually building up your granite finish so experiment with one or two colored glazes in irregular sections of your faux granite surface. Don't apply these glazes everywhere, only in areas where you want to build up bits of a color.

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