How Do I Paint The Shadow On White Faux Brick?

by THAT Painter Lady

I get lots of questions from all my Faux Brick eBook customers. Every time I get a question… I know I need to add another little something to the book.


When authors read their own material, we can’t see the forest for the trees. What may seem obvious to me… someone else will draw a total blank.


It may seem funny to question… how to paint shadows, after I have given such explicit instructions, but would those directions be different for a different colored brick?

Hello there.

I am finally doing it…after watching the video a handful of times and reading and re-reading the eBook, I got down to it.
One question…If my brick is white, how do I paint the shadow depth?
In the video, your brick is reddish, so the shadow on the top/ left side is white. What if the brick is white?

Can’t wait to send you some pictures.



Well, first off – I thought…. a shadow is a shadow. But, would the black shadow be too harsh on white bricks? Yes, it probably would. So, my suggestions is…. use a bit of black in your grout color and use this for the shadow color.

If… after you have done all the shadows and highlights, and the bricks still don’t “pop” off the wall and look dimensional, then you will need to use the black, like eyeliner. Very sparingly, so you don’t overwhelm the white bricks!

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Irma June 29, 2007 at 6:58 am

Thanks for the response…now, I, too, understand the forest and trees feeling and thinking your point was clear.

I am trying to find out how to paint the white light on white brick…not the black shadow, rather the white representation of the light hitting on the brick.

I referred to it as a “shadow” in my previous email…my bad…wrong term for a novice brick painter.

THAT Painter Lady June 29, 2007 at 12:22 pm

Hi… funny how we can read things into the written word and get so confused.

Now I think we are on the same page.

First off let me explain a bit about painting with white. All white painted objects, including bricks and walls… have different colorations in the white.

For example: A house painter wears white, because colored clothing would cast a colored haze into the painted area. It’s like a reflection in a way. So if the painter wore colored clothing he would be repairing what appears to be missed paint spots or discolorations in the paint… when is actually just his clothing color reflection off the white paint.

So… when you are painting white bricks, add a little color to the white paint. Don’t leave them stark white, you would probably use some beige color.

Then when you add your white highlights, they should show up.

If your white highlights don’t “pop” the brick off the wall… then you will need to shadow more with the gray and black.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you need any more answers.
THAT Painter Lady

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