Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sunday...Coffee... chocolate and some furniture samples!

Here are some samples that I use in the Cabinets and Furniture classes at Austin School of Faux Finishes......
I love teaching this class. People have such a great time and get to layer more and more techniques on top of one another. We do go into what the limits are, how to prepare the surface and make sure what they paint will last, but from there it's a leap into pure creativity. In smaller classes we even had the opportunity to work with specific projects the students had in their minds. Its a huge leg up when you are building.

On cabinets and furniture pieces, because of the limited surface, you can really layer different processes to create the most intense and developed finishes.

In the class we crackle, antique, distress, block, even do a faux skrimshaw if there is time. What I'm most proud of though, is the faux marquetry that our students do. To appreciate it you have to understand that most of my students don't 'do' faux bois or false wood... this is completely uncharted territory for most of them and to see the results they get, and their sense of accomplishment is really satisfying. This is an example of a board completed in class.... its relatively simple and incorporates what is termed 'rustic' graining, but its organized into a simple marquetry pattern that could be useful in embellishing cabinet doors, table tops or other boring, flat surfaces.

1 comment:

Call Sofa Recovery .... said...

I would love to know more about this class. Is there an online version, do you do phone consulting. I would love to send you a picture of a cabinet that I want to refinish and I love the distressed samples. Please contact me if you have anymore ideas how I can learn about doing distressed finishses. Unfortunately, I am in CA.