Striping refers to any kind of finish that involves painting solid stripes of any size onto a surface. Stripes can be applied with paint brushes, solid sponges, window washing squeegees (our favorite for easy uniform tiny stripes). Masking off unpainted areas with paper or tape ensures that the stripe lines remain clean and even.
Cissing is a technique that creates a chemical reaction between a glaze and a solvent, whereby the solvent eats holes in the glaze and makes a pattern to reveal the base coat underneath.
Tartan is an effect similar to striping, but the finished product is a plaid design, rather than a striped design.
Combing is an effect created by dragging a comb of any size or shape through a wet glaze. The teeth of the comb release the glaze in a specific pattern to reveal the base coat underneath.
Tiling is any effect that simulates terra cotta, stone, or wooden tiles. Similarly, stone blocking is a finish that simulates a wall of stone blocks. A modified version produces faux bricks.
Antiquing (also called distressing) is any technique intended to age a surface with multiple layers of chipped-away paint or symptoms of wear and tear from years and weather.
Crackling is a technique that involves applying a crackle glaze to a painted surface to achieve lines and cracks that simulate aging. Crackle lines can also be painted freehand.