As redesign seems to be the trend for decorative artists,
I to am participating in this adventure of
New Looks and Re-Designs.
I recently changed an Eastern design foil application to a warmer colored foil which one of my existing clients absolutely loved when compared to the other foil I have used in the past for this finish.
The previous foil was on a greener cooler side which looked grayish against the warmer gold finish on the mirror frame which we all know is one of the main accessories that holds the whole design together in a room such as this
Now there are a few things I must warn you about.
When working with foils it can be a very temperamental medium when it comes to applying them as a “New Look” for a bathroom faux finish. In my experience it is difficult to achieve a 100% coverage with the first application when certain variables are involved. It can not be achieved in some cases which is why the re-design side of the faux painting idea needs to be thought out when creating samples for your client if you are wanting to only apply one layer of foil.
This particular design was actually introduced to me by artists Pam and David Schmidt many years ago and I instantly fell in love with the foils. I am not sure but I believe the use of foils were first introduced to the decorative arts market by Gary Lord of Prismatic Painting Studio and Donna Phelps of The Sarasota School of Decorative Arts who are very dear to me.
I also loved Pam and David’s approach to the mural painting which is what I used here for the bamboo
but I made a couple of changes and re-designed it by leaving the cooler gold foil for a warmer color of gold
for this particular client.
The New Look and Re-Designs
are important for faux painting ideas in today’s market and sometimes even the most subtle changes can make the difference of what sells or sinks a treatment.
If you look close you can see a lot of the back ground color of the red coming through the foil which is one of the reasons
I used a warmer “redder” foil
I also kicked up the intensity of the highlights on the bamboo to bring the contrast and values closer to the brightness of the foil so as to try and “meld” the two together before over glazing the finish. The highlights had just the right amount of intensity to pick up the glow of the foil but yet not to much to throw the contrast out of whack
because in most cases these faux painting ideas for bathrooms have ceilings that are either to high or to low and are
compositionally challenging, especially when it comes to a mural design.
With the mirror spanning nearly a third of the wall, negative space played an important role in the bathroom re-design, as with most powder rooms, so I had to bring both the mirror frame and the foil finish together without losing one within the other, which made the room even more challenging but with my arsenal of unique materials that I find through many hours of research I am always prepared for any challenge.
I love working with things that no one else has which is why a lot of the foils I work with you don’t find very often. Reason being is that distributors simply wont sell them because of the difficulty of applying them sometimes.
I find ways to make things happen which separates me from everyone else and why I have these foils. When everyone else has given up on the problematic “Red headed step child” I see something worth not giving up on. New looks and re-designs in faux painting ideas are challenging and by using foils decorative artists are able to create something beautiful and unique with a
new look by re-designing a portfolio…
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