Prior to the 19th century, water gilding was the only method used for all gilding projects. Today, this method is mostly used for frames, furniture accents, restoration projects, and other small and intricate projects. Water gilding takes years to perfect. As you will read, there are many steps that require patience and skill. This type of gilding will allow a high burnish and will actually be more durable than gilding on oil/water-based size.
Today, it seems as though blogs are a dime a dozen. So what makes Pierre’s so interesting? Pierre Finkelstein’s blog offers much more than a behind the scenes look at his decorative painting business. The site also offers a vast array of fabulous articles from tips and tricks of the trade, to recipes, how-to projects, and featured brushes/tools. It is an amazing resource for endless decorative painting tasks.
I want to share an inspiring story about the current head of the gilding restoration department at the Chateau de Versailles, France. Laurent Hissier has become a master with humble beginnings. I know this can be a common story, but this is special.
Who doesn’t like a new brush? There is nothing like a fresh soft clean new brush….one of my favorite things. I am always trying to upgrade my tools and I have been doing so many stenciling jobs and the little craft store brushes just aren’t cutting it. So I have been on the quest for a large stencil brush.
Pierre Finkelstein and his crew at Grand Illusion, Inc. finished the last job of 2011 with this stencil pattern with an overglaze. The client’s inspiration was Japanese 1930′s block printing paper. Glazing over a porous surface is not easy, but by using the right brushes, we managed it perfectly using Proceed Glaze and Slow-Dry Fluid Acrylics. Enjoy this segment highlighting the common practice of decorative painters: aging effect with an overglaze.
This summer, during the high heat of summer, my team and I worked on a historic residence in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Among other projects in the house, I was asked to imitate marble over the wooden base for their claw-foot tub. This is an affective technique that is perfect for an area where 70% of the surface will be masked by the tub. These kinds of projects are always fun because you can go a little nuts on the drama. Enjoy my old-school, job site video!
Just a month ago, I completed a big job in downtown LA. One of our NYC designers commissioned my company, Grand Illusion Decorative Painting, Inc., to paint faux marble on all molding in a newly renovated living space. The Spanish, mission-style house is nestled in the hills of northern LA in a well-known part of town. The designer was going for an Italian-French 18th century interior, right up my alley.
“I just want to paint”, a common statement and don’t we all wish we could concentrate on the craft. Business is a craft to, a very creative one. Unfortunately these two crafts go hand in hand and one can not survive without the other. Funny enough deign and business are not that much different from each other. Both creative activities based on the principle of problem solving to complete a task. In these three classes you have all the basic essentials you need to be