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A mural is a large image, such as a painting or enlarged photograph,
applied to a wall or ceiling. Derived from the Latin word murus,
for "wall". From the cave paintings of Lascaux and
Altamira to the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, mural painting
has been present since time immemorial as a natural expression
of human artistry.
As with all our finishes, we provide sample boards and sketches depending on the size of the project although for large areas scale models can be made. We use water-based, odourless, quick-drying materials and occasionally we use oil paints.
The art of gilding is of ancient origin. It was lavishly employed
in Egypt, Greece and Rome and during the Renaissance.
The process involves applying a thin layer of real or imitation gold to a surface. It is employed on wood, metal, ivory, leather, paper and glass, and it is mainly used to embellish the decorative elements of domes and vaults of buildings. Gold, or a substitute like bronze, copper or silver, may be applied in leaf form (loose or transferred) to a surface treated with oil or water-based size. Mouldings, cornices, architraves and skirting boards can be picked up with gold leaf, highlighting its prominent areas. The applied leaf is burnished or left matte.