Pargetting – Faux Stone and Faux Marble – Sgraffito – True Fresco
The technique of Buon or True Fresco is so called because pigment is fixed to fresh lime plaster purely by reabsorption of carbon dioxide from the air as the surface cures over the space of a day.
Pigment is built up in crystalline glazes, and transparent colour takes on a uniquely reflective quality as the surface returns to its native lime stone.
Because of this extraordinary process, the ancient cycles have endured for hundreds and in such places as Pompeii, Herculaneum, Knossos and Thera, thousands of years.
A few remarkable survivors in Great Britain suggest that we once shared this tradition in abundance ….
For me it remains a mysterious and fascinating journey.