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American Clay  

American Clay:  This natural clay plaster is a sustainable “green” choice, which is mold resistant, repels dust, zero VOC's, produces negative ions and adds points to LEED projects. It is available in many custom colors and textures - ranging from sophisticated velvet smooth, to casual rustic character.  Wolfe Decorative Finishes is a certified installer for Vancouver, Victoria and Vancouver Island BC.  For more detailed information, please visit their website at  www.americanclay.com


Antiquing or Aging: A technique intended to give the appearance of age or wear.

Borders: Stenciled and hand painted borders are used to soften the edges of rooms and ceiling lines and add interest to the space.

Brocade stencil finish: A highly decorative stencil is applied in flat sheen paint over a broken color finish in a satin sheen. The stencil is repeated in a pattern, giving the walls the appearance of "brocade" fabric.

Canopy or tented ceiling: A trompe l'oeil painting on ceilings depicting the inside of a canopy or striped tent.

Color Wash: This finish creates the soft velvet look on walls, or it can replicate and “old world” Tuscan/Provincial look. By applying multiple layers we can create subtle depth and movement.

Combing: A technique of pulling a toothed "comb" through wet paint. The comb can be made of a material such as: rubber, metal, leather, plastic or cardboard.

Crackle: A finish in which cracking is intentionally produced, allowing the undercoat to show through the cracks. A rapid drying of topcoat over slow drying undercoat produces this interesting technique.

Cross-hatch or Basket Weave finish: A technique of dragging a toothed "comb" through wet paint in both vertical and horizontal directions to achieve a "basket weave" appearance.

Distressing: Also a term used to describe a decorative paint finish that gives the appearance of age and wear.

Faux Finishes: French word meaning "fake or false". Technically, wood-graining, marbleizing, or other painted finishes that are replicating a natural material are faux finishes. However, this term has become an umbrella name to describe all painted decorative finishes.

Faux Wood Grain: creating the illusion of wood using tools and paint.

Fresco: An ancient mural technique using wet pigments as paint on un-cured plaster. Faux fresco is a mural technique that gives the appearance of an aged and weathered fresco using contemporary paint products.

Frottage: (in decorative painting) This comes from the French word meaning “to rub”. The decorative paint term denotes a technique of applying a wet glaze, then rubbing it with fabric, paper or other materials, to create a texture.

Garland border: A traditional painted border that depicts various leaves, fruits and flowers in a swag design.

Gigacrete:  Manufacturers of many innovative sustainable thin coat plaster veneers.  Plastermax ICF is a 1/8" plaster veneer used on the interior side of ICF construction to replace gypsum board.  Plastermax was originally developed as a abuse-restistant Interior Veneer Plaster, in a single product application, providing the ultimate in resistance to abrasion and indent.  This product is formulated for industrial strengths exceeding 8,000 psi and provides an attractive, smooth or textured finish over a variety of other substrates, such as gypsum board, cement board, CMU block, mag-board, fiber board, monolithic concrete and unit masonry.  Typical application thicknesses are 1/8″ or heavier depending on the need for extreme abuse resistance including ballistic resistance at 3/4″ or thicker.   Wolfe Decorative Finishes is a certified installer for Vancouver, Victoria and Vancouver Island BC.   Contact us for more information about this product we supply and install, or go to www.gigacrete.com

Gilding  

 Gilding:  The application of metallic leaf. Gilding is the application of very fine metal leaf to walls,ceiling or furniture. Gilded surfaces are luminous and reflect in a way that metalic paints cannot. Some of the metals available include copper, 24k gold, aluminum, brass, or silver. There is a range to match any palette.  Wolfe Decorative Finishes is a professional artisan installer for Vancouver, Victoria and Vancouver Island BC.

Glazes  

Glazing: Process of applying a tinted, but transparent paint over a base coat to create a softly modulated, watercolor effect. The darkness of the base coat and the number of layers of glaze applied can create a rich saturated appearance. The softness of and undercoat and light glaze color can create elegant warmth. Glazes & color washes can be used to create a wide array of ambient finishes. Whether traditional, transitional, or contemporary applications are desired, color washes and glazes can help set any mood from romantic to funky to elegant. Color washes and glazes are very cost effective. They can be applied in single or multiple layers and are often used in conjunction with stencils or other graphics. There are virtually unlimited depths of possibility available to create exactly the look desired. Our glazes and color washes are done with low or zero VOC products. Residential or commercial applications.  Wolfe Decorative Finishes is a professional artisan installer for Vancouver, Victoria and Vancouver Island BC.

Grisaille: Architectural trompe l'oeil painting done in monochromatic colors suggesting solid form, perspective or decorative plasters motifs.

Hand Dyed Paper  

Hand Dyed Paper: Made from recycled paper which is then torn or cut into custom sizes, manipulated and custom dyed, then finally applied by hand in pieces to the wall, ceiling or floor.  The paper has an organic effect overall, but can also take on a more structural look by using grid or brick tile pattern.  Smooth to the touch, hand dyed paper offers subtle undulation and topography and can be very effective on walls with imperfections.  There are endless possibilities with the use of hand dyed papers.  They can evoke virtually any texture or look.  For example a small cross section of what we can create are: the look of fallen leaves, raku pottery, natural slate, or leather.  Hand dyed papers are a low VOC finish and the surface is washable.  Residential or commercial applications.

Harlequin diamonds: Harlequin diamonds are painted in a pattern in either subtly contrasting colors or sheens and can also be applied in a subtractive paint finish, creating a classic and elegant appearance.

Moulding  

Illustration/ Murals: A mural is defined as a painted picture on a wall or ceiling. Our services include but are not limited to: design and rendition of original murals and illustrations in any size, reproduction of existing artwork in any style, artwork applied directly to walls or ceilings, as well as on canvas mounted to walls or ceilings. As each peice is custom made, all of the artwork involves a varying degree of detail, material and scale and are priced accordingly.  Wolfe Decorative Finishes is a creating professional artisan murals in Vancouver, Victoria and Vancouver Island BC.

 

Landscape murals: A mural that depicts the outside environment including the sky, the foreground and distant horizon line between the land or sea and sky.

Marbleizing: A faux finish that creates the illusion of marble.

Metallic finishes: Decorative finishes that use metallic paint in various techniques over other painted finishes. Golds, silvers and bronzes are used over different colored base coats to achieve the appearance of antique gold, burnished bronze or shimmering silver.

Moulding  

Mouldings: Trim applied around windows, doors, baseboard and ceilings. We do specialty treatments to these mouldings, such as glazing, distressing, gilding or crackle finishes. Appliqué mouldings are detailing mouldings that are applied on flat surfaces. Wolfe Decorative Finishes installs appliqué mouldings.  Wolfe Decorative Finishes is a professional artisan finisher for Vancouver, Victoria and Vancouver Island BC.


On-Location Sample: A sample of the finish intended for the walls or ceiling is painted on a section of the wall in the room so that client can approve the finish before the entire room is treated. Better accuracy in color selection and texture is achieved when sample is done on the same walls and over the same base coat that the rest of the finish will be applied onto.

Open-time: This is a faux finish term used to describe the time available to work a technique before the paint dries.

Paint sheen: All house paints and glazing liquids have different sheens and can affect the success of certain decorative paint techniques. They will also affect the final look and appearance of the room. Paint sheens vary from flat (a non reflective, dull finish) to high gloss.

Patina: It gives a surface appearance of something grown beautiful with age or use. Also a thin greenish layer that forms on copper or copper alloys, such as bronze, as a result of long exposure to the elements and often valued aesthetically for its color.

Pigments: Material mixed into paint bases to create paint colors.

Plastermax:  A sustainable low VOC product.    Plastermax ICF is a 1/8" plaster veneer used on the interior side of ICF construction to replace gypsum board.  Plastermax was originally developed as a abuse-restistant Interior Veneer Plaster, in a single product application, providing the ultimate in resistance to abrasion and indent.  This product is formulated for industrial strengths exceeding 8,000 psi and provides an attractive, smooth or textured finish over a variety of other substrates, such as gypsum board, cement board, CMU block, mag-board, fiber board, monolithic concrete and unit masonry.  Typical application thicknesses are 1/8″ or heavier depending on the need for extreme abuse resistance including ballistic resistance at 3/4″ or thicker.  Wolfe Decorative Finishes is a certified installer for Vancouver, Victoria and Vancouver Island BC.  Contact us for more information about this product we supply and install, or go to www.gigacrete.com

Reference material: Pictures from magazines, books, Internet or personal photos that the artist uses as a guide in color selection, techniques, or mural painting.

Sample: The finish that is to be painted on the walls or ceiling is painted on a section of wall or on a board to show the client what the final outcome of finish will be.

Sketch / Maquette: Preliminary drawing of proposed mural painting.

Stencil: A tool used to apply a repeated image or pattern by dabbing paint on a commercial sponge or stippling brush over the negative space cut out of a sheet of mylar or stiff oak tag.

Stipple: A decorative treatment also known as"Pouncing". A glaze or paint is applied to the surface and while it is wet, a stippler is pounced onto the surface causing the glaze to disperse into tiny dots. Stippling gives a very even film of glaze while removing brush strokes in a wet glaze.

Striae: A technique used for achieving a subtle mix of fine stripes (or brush strokes) by pulling a dry, stiff bristled brush or rubber comb through wet paint.

Stripes: Stripes are applied over a base coat or faux finished surface in a width suited to the scale of the room. Stripes can be applied with a subtractive technique and in a subtly contrasting sheen creating a soft and rich effect.

Subtractive technique: Any paint technique that is first applied and then “subtracted” with a sea sponge, rag, plastic bag, or other tool, creating a subtly textured effect.

Texture: Paint finishes create various degrees of 2-dimensional texture by adding or subtracting gently contrasting color paint in the techniques described above. 2-dimensional texture adds warmth, character, and depth to an interior.

Transparent paint layers: Any paint finish layer that is made from a neutral base or glazing liquid will be semi-transparent and will darken the finish with each additional layer. The basecoat color will be tinted by the transparent paint or glazing liquid.

Trompe l'oeil: French expression meaning, "To deceive the eye". A painting technique in which an illusion of depth and reality is created by emphasizing highlights and shadows. In art, trompe l'oeil is defined as a 'still life deception', a painting able to make the viewer believe that an object actually exists in 3D space, in relief. It also means illusion, a deceptive appearance, eyewash or camouflage, in short 'Fool the eye'!

Venetian Plaster  

Venetian Plaster: Involves the application of pigmented limestone and marble dust to create the look and feel of authentic stone. Venetian plaster is a organic,natural lime plaster product that has been used for centuries in Europe, but has in recent decades been employed to great effect in modern and contemporary architecture where subtle transitions of surfaces or materials are desired. The subtle variation in tone creates depth and elegance that invites the touch, often creating visual movement without additional texture. Natural plasters offer an amazing array of possible finishes. From delicate to coarse, tooled or seamless, lustrous or matte, the flexibility of plaster makes it perfect for any style or decor.Natural lime plaster provide a premium grade finish at a moderate cost by eliminating some of the steps that add cost such as the need for detailed drywall finishing, standard priming, and painting. Other benefits include no off-gassing, Zero VOC's, added points to LEED projects, and natural mold resistance, durability, versatility of application making it excellent for both indoor and outdoor use. Residential or commercial applications.   Wolfe Decorative Finishes is a certified installer for Vancouver, Victoria and Vancouver Island BC.



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