Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Zinc whitewash look

Zinc finish on metal deck furniture web 

This outdoor garden set started out with chipped and peeling, ugly brown paint. After they were sandblasted and a metal primer was applied, I gave them the kind of finish that they deserved! This whitewashed zinc look is one of my more popular requests.
A custom mix of charcoal gray paint was applied with two coats, followed by my whitewash / pickling glaze. The topcoat followed.

Aren't they fabulous? The client loved them....

Zinc finish closeup web

Monday, July 13, 2009

I just found these cool mediums...

to add to your paint or other mediums: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/Acrylic-Paints-and-Mediums/Matisse-Derivan-Acrylics-and-Mediums/Matisse-Mix-Ins-Dry-Mediums.htm Who ever knew you could find crushed garnet? 4 sizes of sand?  I'm going to do what I love to do most- experiment!

I also want to give a plug regarding a very useful tool called the Colour Shaper. You can purchase it at most art stores, online or actual stores, or at : http://www.royaldesignstudio.com/shop_supplies_detail.php?id=1304. I use the shaper tool to fill in stencils with usually a smooth medium. I have another Colour Shaper tool that is actually perforated, allowing one to move the medium over curved surfaces, such as columns. Handy dandy!




Saturday, July 11, 2009

A big thanks

to Dee, Tom and Carol at McDhurries for hosting Deborah and I at their beautiful store!

McDhurries is in a great building (the old Rocky River post office) with a wonderful layout. Their rugs are to die for and their antique wood furniture pieces are tempting as well!

Friday, July 10, 2009

In case you're wondering...

I'll be demonstrating 5 finishes at McDhurries tomorrow in Rocky River, Ohio:

-simple glazing,

-last step with a Venetian plaster's metallic, translucent topcoat to add depth to the plaster,   

-Chinoiserie stencil using Lusterstone in a cool, very French combo of deep amber gold and orchid lavender

-Modello filled with a shimmery silver/white texture over a creamy yellow Venetian plaster

-Foil finishes- am bringing metallic foils and special "faux finished" foils that aren't even out yet! 

All of these finishes can be applied  in your home or business and are also covered in various classes taught at my studio.

Am looking forward to meeting with you and discovering what you are interested in!

For more info, go to: http://shop.cleveland.com//ROP/Ads.aspx?advid=769741&adid=8049754

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I hope to see you Saturday, 7-11-09,

at McDhurries in Rocky River, Ohio!  I'll be demonstrating glazing, textures, gold leaf (gilding) and plasters at this FREE consultation from 1-4pm. Deborah Cunningham will also be there for garden and interior design consultations. A big thank you to McDhurries for generously hosting this event. Here's the event info:http://www.mcdhurries.com/oriental-rugs-cleveland-ohio.html

Here is a metallic silk background with a tone on tone damask. Looks like fabric on the wall! 

PB Living Room 6-09 web

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Hello world!

My first post!