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.
Recently Designers have been asking me to replicate wallpaper patterns for their clients. For various reasons they chose to have me stencil a pattern on the wall, either because the wallpaper was a vintage paper and too fragile or because the color wasn’t quite right for the client. I like this trend!
Mats Carlsson started as a Swedish house painter in the 1970′s. A 1991 chance encounter with a master painter changed his life forever. He later studied at Institut Yannick Guegan and became the first Scandinavian graduate. Mats and his colleague Lotta Olsson have successfully run a two-year decorative painting program at their Palm Fine Arts educational centre since 1996. Palm Fine Arts offers “Summer Master Classes” taught in English.
Melanie Royals literally put the big pattern on the wall in our industry. Both her innovative stencils and, more recently, her Modellos are sophisticated and innovative. Her Modellos are responsible for the resurgence (from the 1800′s) of ornate ceilings.
Cait Whitson is coming to the US this fall to teach at Lynne Rutter Studio, September 13-17th and to The Studio Destin, Sept. 27-30th. She will be teaching marbling and graining at both locations. Cait is twice the first prize winner of the live timed marbling at the Olympix (she’s good and fast). Her delightful teaching style ensures there will be no shortage of fun and information sharing in her classes. I thought it would be interesting to find out who taught the teacher.
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.
Recently I inquired about Melanie Royal’s new stencil paints: Royal Stencil Cremes. I was given a run down on the product and sent some links to look at. I quickly opened my typical eight browsers and filled them in a nice neat line with the proper websites to look at this new product. First off, I know this is supposed to be about Melanie Royal’s new paint line, but it is tough for me not to mention
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?”