Archives for 2013

Spontaneous combustion of Linseed Oil

This is an example of spontaneous combustion of linseed oil.  This cotton glove, that was soiled with linseed oil and paint thinner, was thrown in the trash on a jobsite which ended up being a perfect opportunity for a fire to start.  When linseed oil oxidizes (dries), it creates heat when it is mixed with […]

Linseed Oil

Linseed oil is an essential oil for the traditional decorative painter who uses an oil glaze. Linseed (or Flax) is a sicative oil – meaning it will eventually dry.  Walnut and poppy oil also fall into this category.  Most other oils like olive, peanut, etc. will never dry, and therefore, they are not useful for […]

NYC Trompe l’oeil Class 2013

Our NYC trompe l’oeil class for 2013 was a success!   We had a full house of students in our tiny little Manhattan studio. The students began the 3-day adventure with a medallion study.  This is an invaluable exercise that forces the student to learn by repetition.  See post on this study. Once the students had […]

Turpentine

Turpentine is an organic product that is steam distilled from the resin of pine trees of many varieties.  The better resins come from the Eastern Seaboard English Pine because of the saltiness in the air. Producing turpentine:  A pine tree is stripped of its bark in a V-shape.  The remaining trunk will begin to secrete […]

Choosing the Right Medium

Choosing the right medium depends on several factors: the nature and scope of the project, the type of faux finish chosen, weather conditions, dust, time constraints, and your own skill level. Oil-based and water-based systems each have advantages and disadvantages. Knowing the facts about each type will help you to choose the kind most appropriate […]

PFI Medallion Contest Winner: Dee Cunningham

Congratulations Dee Cunningham! “A painting starts with a series of sketches.  To get to this point there are several hours of research, designing, discussions with the client, revisions, then final approval.  Sometimes the sketch is done in color. For this piece, we had images of stone that we selected for age, color and patina. I […]

Taping an inside corner

Learn how we tape an inside corner.  This system works for any 90 degree area.  It’s especially useful when taping panes of glass. Using ONE piece of tape, stretch out your first line.  Leave over 2 inches of extra tape at the corner. Use a credit card as a burnisher to flatten the inside edge […]

Lettering Samina

This flat-tip, lettering samina has proved to be the softest hair that still ‘springs’ into action, for water mediums. It’s square tip allows for starting and stopping each letter/line with a traditional right angle. Using your pinkie as a guide, create controlled ‘thin-thick-thin’ strokes, evenly every time. This brush is a must have for sign […]

Spalter Boy!

Happy Halloween from Spalter Boy, aka, Pierre Finkelstein! This picture was taken October 31, 1985. I love brushes!  So much that I wanted to become a giant brush for Halloween. Needless to say, I was a big hit (with my fellow painter friends). The spalter is probably my favorite brush.  Its the most versatile and […]

Tuscon Wall Mural

This summer,  2013 we painted a Tuscon wall mural with large letters that spelled “TUCSON” (backwards). On the opposite side of the room, there’s a big mirror.  It looks pretty cool!  See also our recent post about the “Sunshine climate club” poster from that same job. With the help of my son, we designed this […]