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  Autumn Favorites!

When I think of fall, I think of last-minute repairs before winter, waiting in anticipation for the trees to explode with color, the rich patinas of antique faux finishes, the rustic look of distressed-wodd surfaces, and earth tone designs. I must have had fall on my mind when I chose the products to share with you in this issue, since each one is very appropriate for the season.

- Kathi

Just Faux You!
Royal & Langnickel Faux Finishing Brushes and Tools

Faux finishing is an art form that will never go out of style. The faux finish you create can be the focal point of your piece or a wonderful supportive area to a design. I find myself reaching for my faux tools when working on mixed-media art projects. These tools are capable of creating many unique effects as well as traditional faux markings, so don’t be afraid to experiment—you’ll be amazed! If you do not already own faux finish brushes or tools, Royal & Langnickel carries a full line of quality products that are reasonably priced!

Hint: Never allow paint to dry in your brush. Use a good-quality brush cleaner to ensure that your brushes last a long time. Follow up with a soap-and-water session so that no cleaning residue is left in the brush hairs.


Badger Softener (#LW15): The hairs in this badger brush are long, soft, and inserted in ten individual sections on the handle base. When you stroke this brush over wet paint/glaze, it softly moves the existing paint around the surface as you create marble, wood grain, or other faux effects. This brush is made for working with waterbase glazes.

Note: If working with oil glazes, use the Bristle Softener (#LW25) instead. It is the same style brush, but has different hairs to accommodate working with a thicker paint.

Flat Badger Softener (#LW16): This brush is similar to the #LW15, except that it is shaped like a large flat brush and the hairs are more compact. When this brush hits the paint surface, the paint moves farther because of the hair density. This brush is Royal’s student-grade version of a badger softener.

Bristle Flogger (#LW30): A flogger has extremely long hairs and is used in the first step of wood-graining techniques to “flog” the glaze (create open pores). This type of brush is also constructed like the #LW15.

Nylon Bristle Softener (#LW40): Use this brush to create wood grain or strie faux finishes. It will perform with all mediums.

sponges and combs

Ultra Thin Bristle Fan (#LW65): This fan-shaped brush is used to create the top and hard grains for faux wood techniques.

Bristle Stippler (#LW50): This handheld wood block brush is used to stipple tiny dots (or textures) in wall glazes and faux finishes.

Rubber Triangular Comb (#LW115) and Rubber Duplex Combs (#LW118): Combs are used to create pattern designs. Drag combs through a wet glaze to create wood grain, basket weave, and plaid designs.

Wavy Bristle Mottler (#LW100): This tool creates cross shimmers in wood grains (such as walnut veneer).

Goose Wing Feather (#LW302): I love to use feathers to create varied widths of vein lines in marble finishes.

Sponges create great textures, and they can be used in all mediums and all painting styles. Just remember to always rinse the sponge before and after use, and never allow paint to dry in the sponge.

Watercolor Sponge Set: This set contains two each of fine-pore silk sponges; synthetic hydrophilic sponges; and large, coarse sea sponges.

Faux Finishing Natural Feel Wool Artist Sponge (#R2060): This large 5-1/2" wide sponge is used for working on large areas and is easy to grip. It is ideal for faux finish techniques for home décor, and textured art techniques for oils, acrylic, watercolor, fabric paint, or dye.


Me and My Shadow!
Liquid Shadow

savvy studioWow, Kerry Trout’s Liquid Shadow truly is a “magic shading medium.” I must admit that I was hesitant when I first saw this product. I thought that I would never have a need for it because I have no problem with acrylic floating, but I now see its benefits! Liquid Shadow actually creates a sideload float that is slightly different from a traditional acrylic float. The best way to describe it is that it gives the look of an oil paint float. The soft, subtle, natural-looking shadow is easy to create. Apply Liquid Shadow in shadow areas using a flat brush, and then use a dry mop brush to soften the color edge out. It’s that simple.

Liquid Shadow can be thinned with clear glazing medium for use on lighter surfaces. You can also tint it with acrylic paint. Kerry suggests adding dark blue if you are working on a light blue background, deep burgundy to enhance shadows in roses, and lavender for snow shadows. I like to tint Liquid Shadow with orange to produce a brown shadow color, yellow to create a warm dark green shadow color, and medium green to create a rich and cool dark green shadow color.

If you make a mistake there are two ways to remove the unwanted shadow color. To remove the entire shadow color, immediately run a brush dampened with water over the area. To adjust or partially remove shadow, brush a small amount of extender over it, and then rub gently with a clean mop brush or cotton swab. Cleanup is easy, as it requires just soap and water. Be sure to allow extra drying time before you apply your final protective sealer of choice.

Tough Stuff!
Gorilla Glue, Inc., Products

Surface prep and construction are the foundations of our painting surfaces and should be done with care using high-quality products to ensure longevity. Choosing the right glue or bonding medium can be the difference between success and failure. Gorilla Glue is a favorite among craftsman from all walks of life and is perfect for our painting needs as well. This adhesive is so easy to work with—the end results will amaze you. Warning: These products tend to disappear from your art tool box on a regular basis. I bet you already know where you will find them! Here is a brief outline of the product line.

Gorilla Glue Products

Gorilla Epoxy is perfect for tough repairs requiring a durable bond. It is a two-part epoxy that can be used to fill gaps (refer to the website for complete instructions) and is solvent resistant. This water-resistant formula sets in five minutes, and can be used on wood, metal, stone, ceramics, glass, brick, concrete, foam, and most plastic surfaces. Gorilla Epoxy is approved for indoor and outdoor use.

Gorilla Wood Glue is perfect for a variety of wood surfaces. Also water resistant, this adhesive provides a strong surface bond and fast 20-minute clamp time. It is approved for indoor and outdoor use, dries a natural color, and can be sanded and painted.

Gorilla Glue bonds wood, metal, stone, foam, glass, and more! This glue is 100% waterproof, it is unaffected by extreme heat or cold, and it is nontoxic once it is cured. Gorilla Glue is available in brown or white, and can be sanded, stained, and painted. It is approved for indoor and outdoor use.

Gorilla Super Glue contains unique rubber particles that provide a built-in shock resistance for a less brittle bond. It has an anticlog cap and dries in 30–60 seconds. This translucent formula can be sanded, and it sticks to rubber, paper, wood, leather, metal, ceramics, and some plastics.

Gorilla Tape is tightly woven for extrastrength, yet can be easily torn by hand. It fills in gaps on rough, uneven surfaces for a superstrong grip. This tape can withstand moisture, UV rays, and extreme temperatures.