I learned about decorative painting at a time in my life when I needed a creative outlet. I found a decorative painting school in Kansas City and took a week long class. On the third day, I realized this was therapy for me. I went home, drew up a business plan and gave my employer several months notice. This was eight years ago and it was a great decision.
Over the next few years I attended national conferences and took classes from nearly a dozen nationally known painting schools. We worked on paint, glaze, rock pigments and many different plasters. I have applied many of the techniques to our home and to a number of furniture pieces that I redid.
I thought it might be fun to show you some of the techniques in my home.
I stenciled my front door in a “lost and found edges” style.
My entryway is 12 feet high, so I created a drifted marble. Towards the top – about 10 feet up, I taped off areas to look like diamond-shaped tiles. I used red crush rock pigment to color them and then marbled them separately from the rest of the entry walls.
My home office has soft clouds on one wall. My son, who is a true artist, helped me paint them a few years ago. It was a fun relaxing evening. To see more of Isaac Bills’ original oil paintings, check out his http://website:www.isaacbills.blogspot.com
In a hallway, we have an antique picture frame with a pastel of an ancestor. I created a very textured plaster technique to work around this picture.
Our living room fireplace was left plain white with an “orange peel” texture. I used tape to measure off large and small “tiles.” On the small ones, I did a raised plaster technique with stencils. Then I glazed it all gently. Everyone thinks they’re realy tiles.
I stenciled ivys along side one cabinet in our kitchen.
My kitchen table was plain wood, so I gave it a crackled finish and then painted it all black. Then I stenciled with gold and silver leave for the designs. I did a side shelf to match.