All our finishes are created by using natural colours. We don't use any industrial finishes and acrylics.
1. Gilding and water gilding:
This is an ancient technique of gilding, using wood as a base gesso and different types of gold leaf which are lastly polished with agate stone to provide solidity and permanence.
This gilding technique has been used for millenia by the Egyptians, the Etruscans, and from the Renaissance up to the current day.
It is the most beautiful medium by which to bring gold leaf to life. Due to the expertise and painstaking application, (and consequent cost), it is rarely used today, but remains the most effective technique, with the most beautiful and long-lasting result.
Leafing embraces the application of many different colours of lustrous metallic leaf. These include Gold, White Gold, Silver and imitation Copper.
All may be applied over large areas and enhanced with a variety of surface treatments with mixion or gelatine as an adhesive.
3. Raised stucco decoration:
Very antique technique (used very much in the French court, and in the Baroque era), using gesso, rabbit skin glue, pigments and gold, then polished with agate to achieve different effects.
Marbling is a paint technique principally applied to columns and walls (including integration within murals and trompe-l'œil) to create the highly realistic impression of marble.
5. Murals and Tromp l'œil:
Trompe-l'œil is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects really exist. They also enhance the fantasy and the possibilities are infinite.
Although the phrase has its origin in the Baroque period, use of trompe-l'œil appears to date back much further. It was often employed in murals in the Greek and Roman eras, as evidenced in Pompeii.
6. Pigment finishing:
This effect imbues a soft and diffused effect on walls. Pigments have been used for the earliest history of human habitation, through the Egyptian and Roman eras, and continues to the current day. This technique is used by Paola only.
Pigments are the colours found in nature (ochre and terrae, greens, blues and reds) and obtained through the burning process (blacks). Pigments are the pure colours with a high intensity and transparent feel to provide a lightness to the space.
7. Stucco Veneziano:
This is another technique started in Venice in the 17th century. With the objective of producing a marble-like finishing without the use of stone, Venetian plaster was created.
Remixed in an industrial way today, the technique Paola Dindo uses is the ancient one. The materials need to consist as much as possible of natural ingredients. Too many acrylics will result in a plastic looking finish which after a few months, will become dull and flat.
We mix our own colours, and therefore all possible shades are available. The varied effects achieved by sponging, graining, ragging, stencilling, decoupage and shadow technique, can all be provided upon request.
Raised Stucco Decoration