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Trompe L'Oeil Rips and Tears by Art Effects...

Some of our most popular Art Effects are our trompe l'oeil Rips and Tears. These are techniques we use to put our artwork in a box or frame. By creating a trompe l'oeil effect and adding an illusion to our art, we can give you a mural with more than you ever expected.

monkey on torn wall

See how the above effect allowed us to keep the main artwork of the mural on one side of the wall. We applied a simple wash and created the rip and torn effect to half the wall and only painted the detail of the monkeys on one side. Notice that like a lot of our murals we have part of the artwork coming out of the effect, with the monkey's hand on an extra added trompe l'oeil effect, the bamboo wall accessory.

Trompe L'Oeil Rips and Tears

Trompe L'Oeil Rips and Tears
trompe l'oeil adj :
To Fool or trick the eye...
Can you be tricked by our trompe?

 trompe l'oeil bushbaby with a ripped wall

Here we have an example of how we incorporated a small vignette with a torn effect. A simple tropical scene looking out a tiki hut, with an added trompe l'oeil bamboo wall in the far corner. We added the little bushbaby hanging onto the folded back wall, for that little extra Art Effect.

trompe l'oeil bushbaby closeup

He's so cute, you gotta see him up close.

trompe l'oeil wine bottle and monkey

Do you get the idea we like painting monkeys ...face it they can go anywhere. This little mural is painted in the bar area around a pool. Once again we added the tree limb coming out of the mural and into the room.

hangin out in a corner trompe l'oeil mural

We recommend one of these torn effects in most children's rooms. By placing your artwork up and out of the way, inside a frame or a box, you open the rest of the room up for furniture placement, shelves and other art.
"Can you tell where the Faux ends and the Real begins?"
step by step on how we painted a broken wall
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Tips on Painting
Trompe L'Oeil

In order for a trompe l'oeil painting to make the illusion believable and accomplish the trick, some basic rules have to be followed. The first concerning perspective...
trompe l'oeil depends on your perspective, which means trompes can only be viewed form one position in order to accomplish the desired effect. If the viewer moves, the trompe l'oeil painting becomes distorted. Also when painting trompe l'oeil objects within your mural make sure that they are completely contained within your paintings' borders or extend outside the mural onto the wall ( painting trompe l'oeil outside it's borders) If something is partially portrayed or cut off it will immediately give the subject away as a painting and will not trick or fool someone into believing it is real. Remember you do want the trompe l'oeil to eventually be recognized as a painting, but you do need a little time to accomplish the trick. Some of the easiest things to help in completing your trompe l'oeil painting are:
  • Notice the lighting of the room, make sure your shadows,
    shading and lighting in the piece of art match
    the light sources in the room.
  • Make sure the objects you are painting will not be out of place
    in their surroundings
  • Play close attention to their size, they need
    to be life size or at least sized right according to the perspective.

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