Stroganoff Museum

THE STROGANOFF MUSEUM On my quest to find decorative painting around the world, during the annual salon event, I found these gems in St. Petersburg, Russia. This is part one of a two part blog. History- The Stroganoff’s were Russia’s most influential and wealthy family whose entrepreneurship was significant within the patronage of the arts. The […]

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:  […]

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 […]

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. […]

Making a plaster mold

With a this missing piece of the ceiling, this post shows how to make a plaster mold.  We don’t make a habit out of fixing plaster or making molds, but for small, spot repairs, it makes sense that we do it.   It’s always good to have skills that expand beyond painting. A small ornament was […]

Plaster molding ceiling repair

A large ornament fell from the ceiling in the gallery at the Frick Collection,  requiring a plaster molding ceiling repair.  This is PART 2  – how we affixed the ornament back in place.  See the related posts:  PART 1- Ceiling repair at Frick Collection and upcoming   PART 3 – How to make a plaster mold. […]

Ceiling repair at Frick Collection

Part 1 of 3 We had one day to complete this ceiling repair at The Frick Collection (1 E 70th St in Manhattan).  We received a call about a piece of plaster that had fallen from the 90 year-old ceiling in the main gallery.   Apparently, there was water damage from the roof that had left […]

The Art of Faux by Pierre Finkelstein

Sadly, The Art of Faux: The complete sourcebook of decorative painted finishes by Pierre Finkelstein is no longer for sale on our website. The book is no longer in print and our inventory has since faded. Since published, the book has stood the test of time with over 50,000 copies sold.  The AOF has been […]