Trompe l’oeil ornament

Here is the finished painting of the trompe l’oeil ornament piece I completed at Salon in St. Petersberg, Russia.   I was asked to do a live demonstration about a large scale ceiling ornament that is meant to be looked at from a fair distance. The scale of the ornament accentuates the shadows and highlights to be more legible. […]

Salon 2016-St. Petersburg

Salon 2016 Salon 2016 was held in Russia this year in the cultural center of St. Petersburg. This annual event for the International Decorative Artisans League was hosted by Tatiana Rugers. The theme for  Salon 2016 was “Art in the City” and below is a part of a panel someone did of the city. This was the main showroom […]

Yellow Ochre and Red Ochre

  Yellow ochre and red ochre are two of the oldest pigments known to man. YELLOW OCHRE Color:   Yellow ochre is an earth pigment that contains hydrated iron oxide.  Much of it is found in Roussillon, France.  Otherwise, mostly in parts of Italy.   It’s a cool, greenish-yellow and varies to orange, slightly. Opacity:  […]

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli-Tutorial This faux lapis lazuli panel was completed for a specific client.  Lapis lazuli is a deep blue semi-precious stone (not a marble). Most lapis lazuli contains calcite (white), sodalite (blue), and pyrite (metallic yellow).  Since the stones do not come in boulder sizes (the largest sizes rarely exceed 12 sq. ft.), a larger panel like this needs […]

Raw sienna and burnt sienna

Raw sienna and burnt sienna are very versatile and utilized colors in the decorative painter’s palette. RS – RAW SIENNA Origins:  A mineral pigment from soil found in Sienna, Italy – thus it’s name. Color:    a warm, yellowish, earthy tonality with tones of orange Opacity:  medium transparency Uses:  Raw sienna, when mixed with UB (ultramarine […]

Raw Umber and Burnt Umber

Next to the non-colors, raw umber and burnt umber are two of the most versatile and utilized colors in the decorative painter’s palette.   In addition to the specific uses described below, both of these colors make a wonderful grey tonality when mixed with ultramarine blue and white. RU – raw umber Origins:  Minerals from dark […]

Non colors

Non-colors (achromatic colors) are essentially black and white. When mixing a color, these non-colors are only used to change the intensity and opacity of a color.  It is best to avoid using too much of either black or white and rather try to rely on colors first and add them only at very last bit […]

Formula for paint and glaze

The formula for paint and glaze consist of 3 items mixed together. PAINT = BINDER + SOLVENT + COLORANT GLAZE = PAINT + BINDER + SOLVENT PIGMENT: The pigment is used to create the most obvious attribute of the formula — it’s color.  Pigments are colored powders obtained from a variety of sources, both organic […]

Reversible and Non-reversible Medium

There are many uses for both reversible and non-reversible mediums in decorative painting.  A reversible medium can be taken back to a glaze with water (or alcohol like shellac).  Non-reversible mediums are far more common and are permanent (unless a solvent is used to remove). Reversible Mediums: Gouache Glaze = Gum Arabic + H2O + […]

Color palette for the decorative painter

Here is the color palette for the decorative painter that we use at GIDP to create most of our finishes.  Based on my experience in business and teaching, I’ve found these colors to be essential for creating most finishes (with an emphasis on faux marble and woodgraining).  See previous posts on our job site kits. […]