I recently had the opportunity to work on two wall projects quite similar to each other in terms of technique.
Both are in shades of grey but with bases of different colours (one has a grey base and the other has a white base) and both have a gradient effect.
The gradient is quite trendy at the moment, the return of the 70s in fashion and decoration in recent seasons is certainly responsible for the trend.
Gradients increase the impression of space by “stretching” the colour.
The effect obtained is light. The gradient brings colour without saturating the room.
I find the effect very interesting although technically more difficult to do than an ordinary texture effect.
I invite you to reread the article “Half painted walls” which explains the kind of effect.
My clients are still in the “moving in” phase, I hope to show you photos with the furniture and decoration very soon.
I recently worked for a family that has gone through one of those difficult challenges that life throws at you.
My job was to work on the main wall in the living room of the house in order to bring a new harmony and dynamic.
The space was too monochrome and masculine, so we chose to work with pink to rebalance the colour perception and the masculine / feminine balance of the room.
It is still surprising to me, despite years spent in this trade, to see how a simple wall in a specific colour can reenergise a space.
I wish this family a wonderful new start and I hope that my little intervention will have contributed to them feeling better in their new home.
Michael and his children are sailors at heart! Weekends and school holidays are the opportunities to sail around the Hong Kong archipelago. The kids had gotten a virus when we talked about the theme of their room. But the theme was obvious.
Our idea for the room was one where fish would be flying and whales jumping out of the water.
The decor was mainly painted on, only the smaller elements were stickers. It was extremely fun for me to create this mural, and the kids’ enchanted and happy eyes immediately made me forget about the hard labor of the past two days that I had spent on the ladder ^^
I can’t finish this post without talking about my assistant Thomas, who tried to step into the fresh blue paint many times! What an adorable little creature! If only some of my family members weren’t allergic to cats…
Green Common is a new chain of bio and vegan food stores with whom I have had the chance to collaborate this past summer. We first worked on the design of the entry wall of their new store located in Central. It is a beautiful space shared with the OVO group.
With this mural, we really wanted to give a more accessible and artistic dimension to the general image of the shop. I thought that a paint treatment and a reinterpretation of the leaves of their logo would be an interesting stance. And the Green Common team quickly agreed to it.
The installation took two days because we had to let each colour dry before working on the next one. We decided to use stencils to make sure the lines of the leaves looked perfect. Because we drew directly onsite, we were able to adjust the colours to the lighting for more accurate shades.
Take a look at the other graphics we submitted for this project:
My second mission for Green Common was to come up with the illustrations appearing on the different signs inside the store.
From there, we developed a collection of posters already available for sale in both Green Common stores in Wanchai and Sheung Wan. These products will be available soon in our e-boutique so stay tuned. Here is a little glimpse!
As usual, the Hong Kongese teams were extremely helpful and courteous which made working in a noisy and dusty environment less demanding. A big thanks to the people of OVO and Green Common for their kindness and care.
Green Common Shop 1, 1/F, Nan Fung Place | 173 Des Voeux Road C, Central | Hong Kong
Anita was looking for a special texture effect for her living room.
We started by making some samplings to define the desired effects and make sure the colors will match the furniture and fabrics.
The installation took us one and a half day for 12 square meters. I started by the grey base and added on the last layer some pink touches.
This kind of patines are very economical in paint and very green with “zero waste”!
Today I am very happy to share with you a different kind of DIY activity, focusing on patterns rather than murals. This post was inspired by our range of stencils which we will be using to customize fabrics. Launching my very own line of fabrics is on my hope to do list but in the meantime here is a fun and practical DIY to make fabric baskets. I promise it only requires basic sewing skills, the trickiest part being the assembly of the bottom and the body of the basket. I use these baskets all over my house to hold towels, make-up, toys, etc. They come in handy when it is time to tidy up our home.
To realize one bascket (18cm diam x 15cm height), you will need: - 3 pieces of fabric: 2 rectangles 62×29 cm and a circle of 22 cm diameter - fabric paint & stencil brushes – ironing board & a flatiron - sewing material
- M&G stencils
Use the M&G stencils and apply paint on the chosen pieces of fabric. Once the paint dries completely, iron the pieces of fabric painted side down with a hot iron (no steam) in order to lock in the colors.
Place the two rectangles on top of each other, back sides against each others, pin them together and stitch them using a sewing machine. Leave a small opening to be able to turn it inside out.
Place the two end sides of the fabric on top of each other and stitch the sides up in order to make the main cylinder.
Assemble the bottom part to the cylinder using pins, then stitch them together using your sewing machine. Fold down the excess fabric and sew it by hand.
We have ended this third and final week of training in Paris with the same sense of excitement and wonder that we have been feeling since day one.
During this final week, we worked on metallic patinas and rust-like effects using this time acrylic glazing. What a treat! I had never used before metallic pigments. It’s so beautiful and delicate…
Here are other trials of aging patinas and oxidation. This time, we worked on plasters and moldings :
We have also been working on our stone wall. There is room for improvement, so I will definitely keep working on my technique. ^^
At the end of the week, we briefly touched on another chapter of wall decoration : creative coatings. Absolutely fascinating ! Although it was only an initiation with the tools and materials on small samples, I can’t wait to put it into practice on a larger scale in Hong Kong !
Many thanks to my professors Jean Pascal and Marie for their generosity and best wishes to my talented classmates. I hope our paths cross again very soon !
It’s time for me to finally be reunited with my little boy and sweet husband who have both been so patient and encouraging. One month is a long time to be far away from these guys !
During the second week of the workshop, we focused on the water-based glazing : the dextrin glazing.
It’s a non polluant mixture of of vinegar, water and dextrin (starch). This glazing allows you to work on your surface as long as you need, even if the paint dries. You can erase and restart easily. To fix it and work again on it without altering your base layer, you will need to varnish it with an oil-based glazing first.
This kind of painting is perfect to do the stone patinas. It gives a lot of effects. Here are some samples that I made. There is no thickness or added material, it’s super flat!
At the end of the week, we started working on a larger panel. We were asked to achieve two kinds of stones and a sky to review the different techniques that we saw previously. We will finish it during the third week of the workshop, I can’t wait !!
It’s been a week since I started the school training in Paris and it has already changed forever the way I see a stone, a wear or a patina.
During this first week, we learned how to use properly the basic material to create a patina with paint.
In the broadest sense, a patina is the worn-out look that appears on a surface or an object with time. In this training, the patinas represent the different paint treatments used to create a texture, an effect, a worn-out appearance or specific backgrounds to recreate a wood-like and stone-like effect or even a sky!
The patinas are very very thin. You count it in micron and it can be done with a water or an oil based glazing. During this first week, we’ve only used the oil based one so far.
The first two days were quite tough on me because of the travel, jet lag and the very aggressive smell of the oil glazing. I had headaches at the end of the day but it was worth it!
I could spend all day looking at the shelves of the workshop: so many samples, materials and little treasures.
For me, it is very strange to finally be able to put a name on techniques and procedures I have been using in my work, albeit instinctively. Up until now, I had never taken a proper painting class and have been an autodidact when it comes to creating a mural decor. Most of the effects I have created and gestures I have acquired are the results of endless trials and fortuitous findings. So it’s just wonderful to be able to theorize all these things!
Here are some pictures of my first trials. Still a long road to go when I see my instructor’s samples but I truly enjoy experimenting and practicing.
For more information about the workshop: http://www.gppf-formation.fr/formations-ipedec.php
A couple of days ago, we were able to put to the test our new stencils, from the “Birdy” collection, during the “Everybody back to school” charity event organized by 513 Paint Shop.
Here are a few pictures of that wonderful afternoon!
We’ve also tested them on fabrics, with felt pens or copper foil thanks to Elsa’s magic fingers!
As you can see, the options are endless ^^
Now get to your brushes! I am sure you have all kinds of walls, furniture, boxes, bags, tee-shirts in your homes waiting to be customized.
The texture of the paint provided by the 513 Paint Shop was ideal for this type of activity. I highly recommend it. It also works with any type of liquid or spray paint.
The stencils will be available by tomorrow on our e-shop and as soon as next week at the 513 Paint Shop at the PMQ.