Painting – How to Do the Linen Technique

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional painter Donnalynne Lefever discusses faux painting and demonstrates how to do the linen technique.

    Donnalynne Lefever

    Donnalynne Lefever is the owner of Lefever Designs and has been in business now for more than 10 years in which she creates faux finishes, murals, tromp l'oiel and artwork of any kind in homes and businesses on walls, floors, ceilings, furniture,etc. mostly in the Metropolitan Washington DC area. She graduated college with a theater degree at the University of Maryland and moved to NYC shortly afterwards to make costumes for Broadway. Upon returning home to Northern Virginia, she met a designer who introduced her to her current field and has been painting ever since. Starting in 1990 she worked with that designer for 3 years, then with a business specializing in faux finishes, murals and tromp l'oiel for an additional 3 years before branching out into her own business. She's taken faux finish classes in the materials she currently works with and numerous art classes as well. One of her favorite materials to work with is leafing; gold, silver or copper. This year, summer 2007, one of her clients/designer had her home featured in the magazine, Washington Spaces, in which a few of the rooms Donnalynne worked on are photographed. She mostly works with designers and by word of mouth which keeps her quite busy. When not creating for others, she creates her own artwork on canvas, clay or other various things. She belongs to the local art organizations of Del Ray Artisans in Alexandria, Virginia and Springfield Art Guild in Virginia in which she is currently co-president.

    Donnalynne Lefever: Hi, My name is Donnalynne Lefever and now we are going to start the next technique which is Linen. Now, that you know the Strie technique, this should be much easier for you to do. Basically, you do the exact same thing you did in the Strie. It's just when you pull your brush down on the first stroke, you slightly jiggle it. So, as you are Strieing, you are going to have a controlled stroke that you are going to go really slow and jiggle. This board is already been prepped for having the first step done because it can, the finish that has to be done in two days. You can't do in one day. So, it's one layer this way, then the other layer is going the other. On a wall that doesn't mean you are going to go vertical then horizontal. So, if for some reason, you thought horizontal was going to be easier. You are more than welcome to do horizontal and then vertical. I just sometimes think vertical is easier to do first.

    Here are some finishes so that you can see what the finish already done would look like from a radical looking kind of color to more typical. I do live in a conservative area so I do tend to have a lot of conservative looking samples. So, anyway the same thing, you brush the glaze, now in the opposite manner and I probably shouldn't turn it so that it makes it more realistic for here. So, you brush well and you pick out stuff that gets in your paint. A lot of pets will leave fur all over the houses so depends on whether the client cares or you care whether or not, you have pets around your paint and, -- I do have clients that had a couple of Golden Retrievers, and I couldn't get the pet fur out of what I was doing, as my life depended on it. So, that's embedded forever or at least till they paint again. Anyway, so once you get the whole board, you can already see how it's starting to work because you can already the cross hatching lines. You will take your brush and then again you are going to --this one is taking off too much. You may have to adjust pressure. We will put more on in the first coat. So, anyway, if brush will cooperate with me --your brush will tend to separate with time as you get it wetter and you use in your room, you will find that there will be times where you have to totally dunk it into your water. Totally re-clean it, get a dry towel, wipe it off, just so that you can get the consistent look throughout the room.

    Anyway, you just keep slightly pulling. You want to waver it just a little bit because you don't want it look perfect. You want it look a little more fabricusk(ph) and that helps to make it look that way and actually, I kind of like this color today. So, that's good for me. Anyway that's that finish. So, anything else is pretty much the same. You may need to wet the walls again, you may not. You can play around with it, and see how fast the drag goes. If it slides this easily then good. If not go back in reference the Strie or remember what tips I gave on the Strie so that you can it to work well on the horizontal fashion as well as the vertical. That's it for this one.