As decorative artists we all have paint products and textural treatments that we love working with and creating with. Products we look forward to using again and again, and we maybe even seek out projects that can utilize our favored mediums. For me, one of those favorite products is SkimStone®-an integrally colored, trowel-able, Portland cement-based medium for resurfacing concrete and other hard surfaces.
It all began with a comment on a blog. Yes, it’s true! Way back when the blogosphere was fairly new (all the way back to 2007) I had started my own blog, Design Amour, and discovered a wonderful little blog called My Marrakesh by Maryam Montague.
Author’s Note: This is one of my favorite finishes! I love the Provence colors, and the high end French Country look has become very “hot” again. This finish could be easily adapted to different color combination and stencil pattern treatments, or it just makes a nice distressed finish on its own.
I have a fun and colorful project to share that we’ve just completed here in Lauren’s office. Lauren is my creative asistant and is responsible for all the lovely graphics on our websites and in our print material. She loves bright colors and she helped to create the lantern images shown below. I’ve been focusing on ways of combining our Modello Designs one-time-use vinyl masking patterns with the reusable mylar stencils from Royal Design Studio. There are different benefits to using both and this type of application combines the best of both worlds!
As a decorative artist, I have had the great fortune to be able to travel to some of the most inspiring countries in Europe, including France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. The abundance of architectural treasures and decorative treatments that were created in these countries in centuries past keeps your mind spinning, camera clicking, and neck twisting, as your “artisan” eyes keep capturing glimpses of design details that seem to adorn almost every surface. Elaborate painted ceilings, boiserie, trompe l’oeil, marquetry, mosaics, frescoes, and all other manner of amazing artisan craftsmanship are in such abundance that you are constantly asking yourself, “why, oh why don’t we have this in the United States?”