Metallic Tissue Finish with an Embossed Stencil

It appears that every faux finish or decorative artist has in his or her portfolio, sample boards of decorative wall treatments that they never expect to actually get the chance to install in a fine home.

While the decorative technique is fine and the sample board is attractive, you just have a feeling that it wouldn’t work well on all the walls of an otherwise elegant room. Perhaps it would work as an accent wall but not an entire room.

Well, that is the way I felt for the longest time about the several tissue paper techniques I have in my portfolio. Somehow this technique of gluing tissue paper onto a wall and giving it color just didn’t sound hi-end enough to me to justify even discussing it with my clients who typically own very expensive grand homes.

I have several really nice tissue paper sample boards each done with a slightly different decorative slant, but I only displayed them to prospective clients to show them the different kinds of faux finishes I could execute well.

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Once in a while a client would pick up a tissue paper sample board from my portfolio and inspect it closely but rarely did the conversation go beyond a compliment or a comment on the colors.

Until one day a client looked at one of the tissue paper samples that was given a metallic glaze decorative finish and raved that it was precisely what she had in mind.

Strangely enough, I tried to dissuade her form these finishes thinking as I always did concerning tissue paper techniques, that it may look good on a board but not a large surface. She, however, felt that this technique and color selection was perfect for her powder room. Well, that was good enough for me.

The sample board she selected was a tissue paper technique that incorporated a relief stencil underneath the paper. It was then given color using a nice metallic teal blue glaze I made. Below is a photo of the actual sample board she selected. Metallic faux finishes rarely photograph well but here it is.

Tomorrow I will detail how I did my version of this tissue paper technique. The process will seem straight forward but there are nuances that you should be aware of.

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