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AMERICAN PAINTING CONTRACTOR • October 2015 21 Photo 5. Erase lines with a soft artist eraser. This also burnishes the tape against the surface, which prevents bleed- ing. This stripe will be made with a trans- parent glaze, which allows any lingering pencil lines to show. Make sure the pencil lines were applied lightly and are com- pletely erased before glazing. Photo 6. Mix the soft green to three parts fast-drying glazing liquid and French brush the stripe areas. Remove tape carefully at any time. The finish can be considered completed at this point as a simple stripe. When the entire room is striped and all tape is removed, place chain stencil slightly below the ceiling line, centering on the border between the stripes. Photo 7. Strike the stencil with a gold metallic paint mixed into approximately five parts gloss acrylic varnish, based on samples. This stencil medium dries quick- ly, allowing the next stencil to be placed in about 10 minutes. Using at least eight stencils allows many stripes to be worked at once and allowed to dry. Tip: Having one person set the stencils and one person strike the stencils speeds the project tremendously. APC Victor DeMasi is the 30-year owner and operator of Monarch Painting in Redding, Connecticut. He teaches workshops fre- quently on decorative painting and faux finishing and can be reached at (203) 448- 0106 or To view Victor's work and workshop schedule, visit or www.houzz/pro/victormonarch/monarch- His book, "Designer Faux Finishing," is available on Decorative Touch

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