We love to accentuate decorative motifs in faux finishing. One of the best and easiest ways to make a fast and dramatic effect is glazing and wiping off glaze. Many people consider this finish, "aging". This finish can be used on any architectural element i.e., baseboards, moldings, decorative medallions, chair rails, etc..
In order to execute this finish with a soft and cohesive finish, stippling method is advised.
Apply the glaze to decorative element using a 1 or 2 inch brush. Paint the glaze into the cracks and crevasses of the element making certain the entire surface is fully coated.
Using a stipple brush or a stain brush, softly stipple the decorative element forward and then back over.
With Cheesecloth, form a soft pad. Use the cheesecloth to wipe off the decorative element. Use short strokes constantly folding over the cheesecloth keeping the cloth somewhat clean.
Make certain to wipe the edges of the decorative element. If glazing molding, make certain to stipple a fade onto the wall with a dry stipple brush establishing a shadow making the molding look more natural.
In order to paint this effect, first base out your decorative element with a solid color using two coats of paint. Let the paint cure until completely dry. Your next step is glazing.
To create a glaze: Use acrylic paint...an umber or burnt sienna if you are going for an antiqued look. The mixture should be 50/50 paint and glaze. Or if you are using oil based products, use 1 part oil paint to 1 part linseed oil and 2 to 3 parts turpentine.
With all glazes, play with the mixture and practice on a sample to see if the pigment depth is achieved.
Have fun! Be certain to check out pictures and more ideas on Facebook.com under Painted and Brushed, LLC. There you are able to interact with me and ask for specific advice. See you there.