Parchment wall glazing and faux finishing paint effects          

Parchment - Rich, time worn floating color

For use on walls, furniture, objects, and in fine arts paint techniques.

Creating the impression of aged walls, the Parchment finish evokes a feeling of history and old world charm. The color density varies over the finished surface and creates appearances of lightly mottled parchment. A soft and airy finish, the Parchment glaze is an ideal way to create mood and character in any room. I’ve found it to be an ideal solution for finishing irregular or textured wall surfaces.

Blending Traditional and Contemporary Design
Venetian Plaster

Stucco Veneziano - Venetian Plaster!

Inspired by the ornate plaster-work of Renaissance Italy, decorative plaster has a millennial history, with origins dating back to the Rome of the Caesars and in the art of Ancient Greece.

It was Andrea Palladio, a famous Italian architect, who in the XVI century re-discovered it through his studies and re-proposed it in the splendid Venetian villas that are still to this day the distinguishing mark of his career. Stucco Veneziano is an aesthetic solution that step by step, conquered Venice and Lombardy, then Italy, and finally entire Europe in the XVII century. Today, venetian plaster Stucco Veneziano restores the splendor of a classic and prestigious finish.


Color Palette


Mix enough glaze: The amount of glaze you mix up depends on the size of the area you are working on. If working a large area, use a full can of glazing liquid. I’ve found it is always better to have extra glaze at the end of the project than not enough.

Work from the top down. When glazing, it's recommeded to work from the top of the wall to the bottom. If you start at the bottom and work upward, any drips or spills occurring can damage already treated lower portion finish.

At corners, apply glaze to within ½ to 1 inch of edge and with a dry brush, work into corner, then soften and smooth with light, gentle movements.

Base Color Linen White - Latex Eggshell

Linen White - Latex Eggshell paint

Glaze color Umbrian Clay

Umbrian Clay paint

Step-by-step tutorial starts here...

Parchment glaze faux finish

Step 1: Apply base color.

Base coat with Linen White paint. An eggshell finish latex paint in an off white color works best as the base color for this effect. Using a light base color allows the darker glaze treatment to have depth and richness of tone.

Parchment glaze decorative finish

Step 2: Mix and test glaze.

A warm, earthy brown color is the key to this finish. The mixing ratio of paint to glaze coat is as follows; Add 2 cups of latex glaze coat, 1 cup Umbrian Clay paint and 1/2 cup water. If you are working on a large room use a full can of glazing liquid and increase the paint mix to 2 cups paint to 4 cups (1 Qt) glazing liquid.

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Step 3: Saturate Surface.

Use one sponge for the water and the other one for blending your glaze color. Starting at the top of the wall, take sponge 1, wet with water, and dampen surface. Work in one area at a time, moving evenly over the wall surface. Wetting the surface first allows the glaze to move freely across the surface. 

Saturating the surface first allows the glaze to go on fluidly and evenly.

Parchment glaze

Step 4: Apply glaze.

Use the 4 inch brush, dipped in the glaze, and spread over damped area of the wall. Apply the glaze in an irregular fashion to create areas of varying color density.

Continue to soften glaze color working in a criss-cross manner until desired smoothness is achieved. Work quickly and conscientiously, keeping exposed edges dampened with water.

Parchment glaze faux effect

Step 5: Soften with sponge.

Take my second sponge and loosely mottle and soften the freshly applied glaze.

Parchment glaze painted wall

Step 6: Soften with brush.

With the second dry brush I soften the glaze effect further by using criss-cross brush strokes until I’ve reached my desired smoothness. It is important to work quickly and conscientiously.

Parchment glaze

Step 7: Apply finishing touches.

With a light touch I gently soften the entire wall surface using a dry brush. Create wide sweeping arm motions to smooth the glazed surface.

Step 8: Optional varnish.

To protect the surface, a clear water-based varnish may be applied after color-washed surfaces have dried completely (24 hrs). For wall surfaces it is recommended to use flat (matte) finish, eggshell or low-luster finish varnishes. Clean up with warm, soapy water.

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