Posts Categorized: Paint Technique

Tips for Testing – it’s your most important tool before painting

Have you ever thought about the tools you need for painting? Think of testing your paint selections as the most important ‘tool’ in your bag. Tips for Testing Q: Are you about to make decisions about paint color? Q: Painters and designers: Are you about to recommend paint colors for a client? Q: How can you make high quality color test samples to help your clients make color decisions? You’re a painting professional who has just been asked for the Thousandth time…”how will it look?” Of course you may have even seen the specified color in many other settings over… Read more »

A Maslow-Inspired Thanksgiving Color Palette

What are the colors of Thanksgiving? So much more than paint, decorating, or  “trend palettes.” I wanted to offer some color-reflections for the holiday season, and beyond. What’s important? Please share your own inspirations and color-reflections!

Asking the right questions

How to listen: Take a tip from Joseph Albers “Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” Among the many “what’s the first step” items in the process of a new client-relationship, asking the right questions is at the top of my list. Of course this also goes for any project, even with people we think we know, since each project carries its own set of circumstances. That’s why I love the above statement by Josef Albers. While creatively problem-solving, opportunities to learn—and to teach—abound in every project Help clients discover their own… Read more »

Linen-weave texture: made a mistake but now corrected

Silly mistakes will happen. Most recently here: posting something by mistake, then deleting it to try to correct the error, then deciding to re-post. This recent post was brought to my attention today by a friendly reader who wrote me an email that the page was no longer available. What’s good about that? Now I can make it better. What happened? I’d posted an image of a decorative finish, a project in which I’d painted a linen-weave strie design in two colors, two layers. The problem was that I’d not included any info on the picture! This can be a… Read more »

Who was the first trend-setting “Colorist?”

We’re always so busy in our daily lives — both personally and professionally–that we don’t often pause to really think about what was happening in the very, very early times of human development and how it might relate to us today. I remember when, as a child, one of my favorite subjects was “cave men” and how they lived. Those early cultures held a mysterious fascination for me. OK, so I’m actually a frustrated archaeologist! When the recent New York Times article on the amazing discovery of a  “100,000-year old paint workshop” came to my attention, I not only enjoyed… Read more »

“Yellow,” she said! And, 3 tips for exterior color selections.

It’s not often that a client is adamant about a house color. At least not to the extent of being so fixed on one color family that all others are not available for consideration. With that caveat, I began to look at various yellow paint colors for the exterior of a Victorian home in a Boston-area suburb.  Not only was the only option to be “Yellow,” but the painting was going to be done by an area company specializing in a ‘never-paint-again!’ method, and so it had to be the right yellow to last…and last…and never be changed. Originally built… Read more »

Tips for Testing Paint Colors and “Faux” Samples on a “Small Wall”

Getting ready to paint? Try these tips for testing your color choices Testing paint colors on a surface large enough to see the color is critical to making your best color decisions. Now, Small Wall paint testing boards are finally available from Amazon…you don’t even have to go to a store to get it. Just click on the picture above! Tip 1: Tools Use a foam or microfiber roller, 4″ or 6″ size is fine, to apply paint to your Small Wall boards. Do NOT use a brush. Be sure to evenly coat the entire surface of your Small Wall… Read more »

Ndebele: The Art of an African Tribe

Decorative, functional and symbolic, the art of the tribal Ndebele women of South Africa continues to amaze us with its beauty, simplicity, and drama. This book was first published in 1986. Many of the buildings shown are no longer standing, giving us even more reason to appreciate these amazing painted dwellings and the people who created them.

The Ultimate Painted House(s):are you ready for this?

Are you ready for this? Beadwork and Painting of the Ndebele women.      Click on the image to go to our Design Library, where you can order this book. Decorative, functional and symbolic, the art of the tribal Ndebele women of South Africa continues to amaze us with its beauty, simplicity, and drama. This book was first published in 1986. Many of the buildings shown are no longer standing, giving us even more reason to appreciate these amazing painted dwellings and the people who created them. I could not say it better, so will quote from the statement of… Read more »