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 […]

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 […]

Weathered lamps

These weathered lamps were painted to match a wall finish that we previously had done in a rustic ranch in the Hampton’s, Long Island. The lamps arrived at the shop.  They had a natural wood look, but unfortunately, they were waxed.  So the first step is to remove the wax.  Good old baking soda mixed […]

IDAL 2013

Special Promotion:  Sign up for ANY Pierre Finkelstein class at IDAL 2013 convention and receive $50 of FREE BRUSHES!! Take a sneak peak of Pierre’s Class 1 & 2 at this years 2013 IDAL convention. Class 1: W305- CORNER CEILING ORNAMENT Class 2: T305- TROMPE L’OEIL Striping on Corner Element To learn more and register […]

How to Tie a Brush

Watch this quick video on how to tie a brush to reshape brushes and better suit your decorative painting needs.  The brush used in this video is a domed glazing brush.    

Shagreen on Canvas

 Shagreen is a type of rawhide consisting of rough, untanned skin. In this project, we were asked to create panels on canvas. Since it is not possible for shagreen to be large, the area had to be divided into squares. Tape off the alternate squares with at least 2 inches of clearance. Be sure to […]

How to create a Ornamental Frieze by Pierre Finkelstein

Painting this ornamental frieze was a little different then most because we went into it not knowing exactly what we were painting. Once we got on location we need to build a long easel which you see in the picture below. The easel was constructed using 4×8 plywood. cut in 3 strips creating a 18’ […]

Painting Pietra Dura marble from Pierre Finkelstein

Pietra Dura created by Pierre Finkelstein For more information on the brushes or paints used in this “how to” please visit as seen originally on And for the proper brush holdings click here for helpful tips. Step 1 Step 2 Then wet I am adding veins. Using a mixture of white peins gray, […]