Every once in a while I give you some random little nuggets. I have had the opportunity to paint faux bricks on a couple of occasions. This is a set design trick I learned back in the day when I was involved in theatre. I have loved helping with set design. Up close, these “bricks” may not look spectacular. However, on stage, they look pretty realistic. You may have the opportunity to create a back drop for school, church, dance or theatre productions. With this handy technique, you can step forward in ways maybe you didn’t know you could. Since I was doing it anyway, I thought I may as well take pictures and pass it along to my readers.
You need a sponge and brick toned paints. It depends on what exact color you want your bricks. I wanted more earthy tones for this particular project (above), so I took brown, black, and white and just swirled it with a stick a bit. All you do is put the sponge down in the swirled paint. You won’t need to re-dip every time. You can flip the sponge around 180 degrees to give a different look. Keep going staggering your bricks. The above I did very quickly. I actually put an 11 year old in charge, and she finished it for me. That’s how easy it is.
Last Christmas, I was asked to create a winter living room scene. This was the result. It was taken with my iPhone while it was laying in my living room, so sorry for the bad shot. However, you can see how the fireplace can look pretty real if you use this simple faux brick painting technique.