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ARTISAN: Fooling the eye 

Master craftsam practices artistic styles that date back more than 4,000 years.

Take Home Tips

John Balasa offers some strategies for painters who want to use faux finishes at home:

ú Start small. Once you master the basic techniques on a limited project, such as a jewelry box, then you can expand. Don’t start out trying to learn a technique while tackling 14-foot columns.

ú Take it seriously. Challenge yourself and cultivate your skills. Even with decades of experience, Balasa says he is still learning.

ú Understand the power of color. Pieces work when colors are coordinated, so take the time to learn how different colors and shades complement one another.

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