Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dallas VIP Designer Toga Party and Preview to 2011!

In 2011, when we all get back from the holidays,
let's "Make WORK our Favorite!"


Toga Party with VIP Designers:
I ended my 4 month tour this year in sunny and warm Dallas for an unexpected, Toga Party with some VIP interior designers at the Robert Allen showroom at the Dallas Design Center. 

I love being in great design centers with fabulous fabrics.

This location was NO disappointment...

See the Fabric Candy Store!

Inspiration at every turn...

Even better up close... (Makes ya want to get to your studio to CREATE!)

Brave Host:
Usually when we have a Faux Impressions seminar at a design showroom, NO WET product is allowed out of the can.  However, everything is a bot bigger in Texas!!!  When Ashlynn Bourque, DAE extraordinaire, called me to schedule this seminar, I was pleasantly astounded that we were going to be able to FLING products about in the Robert Allen/Beacon Hill, Designer Showroom! (Even though I trust Ashlynn, I know that I called her atleast twice to confirm)

See out Work Station set up amidst very expensive fabrics and trims!!!

Our brave host, showroom manager,  James Campbell graciously invited us to have a Faux Party.  After the lecture portion of the seminar, our Faux Party turned into a Toga Party... Thanks to Anne Hines all of the attendees, got their hands dirty and we had a lot of fun working with the Metallics and Quartz Stone.

Thanks Anne! See her making a TOGA out of one of our drops cloths... a little blue tape and...
(Just like a designer to be so creative with fabrics!)

Ann with one of my Japan Trowels working the Quartz Stone, tinted to
SW 6019 , Poetry Plum into "Wave" patterns:

Video of the action:

See our Brave Host, James Campbell, Robert Allen,
showroom manager along with me and Ann:
The real cause for all of this excitement and VIP designer activity was
Ashlynn Bourque, DAE
For information on color tools or product in the Dallas area you can email Ashlynn at ashlynn.bourque@sherwin.com

Being the Father of 3 daughters, I know that it was not appropriate to show you photos of our "sleeves rolled up, toga wearing, painting shaping, designer", without showing her in the fantastic outfit in which she arrived and departed...  See below:

View of downtown Dallas and the "W" hotel from the 2nd floor blacony of the showroom:
More inspiration on the staircase...
See the video below of Lorraine McConnell as she uses a
stencil shaper to carve out some leaf inspired shapes,
cutting through the top coat of the
Quartz Stone to reveal the Shimmering metallic beneath...


Next Monday, look for my "Best Of" from 2010 and a
preview of what to expect from 2011!!!

Stay Warm, be Safe and Happy Holidays!



Information on IDAL at:

Monday, December 20, 2010

Northern Territory Artisans, Minnesota Quartz Stone and Metallics

Heading North:
As, I write this blog the Bears are trying to clinch a playoff spot against the Minnesota Vikings.
It is the second quarter and according to the internet the score is:
"Da Bears" 17 and the Vivkings 7.

(I was trying to write this and listen to the game on the radio,
but could not properly multi task)

 At the airport last Monday morning in Chicago, I saw people in shorts and flip flops heading south... It seems like the only time that I end up in Minneapolis, is when it is near 0 degrees. I could have been bitter about heading north, but I knew that I was in for some fun with the NTA, the local IDAL chapter from the Twin Cities!!

The Bloomington, Minnesota Sherwin-Williams Training Center is the new host to the NTA's monthly meetings.  SW sales rep, Kyle Hinners and Cesar Aquino, City Manager, had a nice surprise for all of us. They and Michelle Thielen, the district coordinator had prepared the entire training room, kitchen cabinets and all as a "blank canvas" for our product installation testing.

See the group testing Quartz Stone, tinted to SW 6108, Latte, on one of the walls: (After a long day of installing, they were still ready for fun!)

We spent a little time discussing the new product line as well as the hopes and plans for upcoming meetings.  It was mentioned that many of the chapter members are taking on a lot of kitchen cabinet refinishing projects.  As I mentioned previously,  Kyle and Michelle offered the NTA quite a playground, including their kitchen cabinets! (Not the Sink)  After hearing comments related to HVLP sprayer usage, Kyle suggested that he would invite the Graco spray technical rep to come out to an upcoming meeting and train everyone on the proper use of HVLP and low pressure sprayers for clear coating over the faux finished/ refinished cabinets. 

I can tell already that the NTA and the great SW staff in Minneapolis, are going to be a dangerous combination. I look forward to seeing the results on the cabinets early next year.  (Maybe when the snow begin to melt)  See the Graco info below:

FinishPro HVLP with breakthrough TurboForce technology

Wall Done, Now on to Sample boards:
Although it was good to do a product overview and jump on a wall and get the real feel of the Quartz Stone, the sample wall would not help with any immediate needs to present to customers and SELL Jobs.

With that in mind, we left our large "canvas" unfinished and decided to spend the rest of the evening focusing on sample boards.

Much like the MAG chapter in St. Louis, this bunch had big plans!  We had prepared boards and blow dryers.

Check out the crackle and leave sample in progress by Peg Malanaphy, chapter president.
Video below of final, glaze application which highlights the crackled
MinWax, Polycrylic clear coat.

I particularly liked the next sample which features the Quartz Stone, tinted to Latte applied and then "chopped" or cut through to create an almost tree bark effect.  After a little blow drying, a rolled on and wiped back coat of Metallic tinted to Coconut Husk makes for a fantastic contemporary look.  See Below:

Somebody's got a great sample board to present!!
We packed up an cleaned up and left the room ready for next month's meeting.  I can't wait to see the transformation of the Training Center!

Afternoon Hands-on Session:
Earlier the same day, we had a "Standing Room Only" hand-on session at the same facility for contractors and decorative artists.  The group did a great job and was extremely creative with their textures. Along with Kyle and Michelle, Jaxon, Amber and Katie, rounded out the SW support team for the day. Jaxon inspired the group with his finishes and it set off an afternoon of Circles!
See Jaxon's design below:

I really liked these small circles, twisted and "cut" through the
Quartz Stone to reveal the Metallic base coat.
Or these larger circles, created in a similar fashin, then knocked down and
finally combed through with a rubber graining combs on an angle.
Someone Else has a Sample board to present!
Smooshing has never gone out of style and this designed highlighted to shimmering Latte Metallic basecoat, coming through the thin layer of Latte quartz Stone, smooshed and creased with a 1ml plastic drop cloth and then slightly knocked down and blurred.

Organic, nature inspired and very Sellable!
NTA, Artist extraordinare, Andreas Scholz could not make the evening IDAL meeting, but showed the afternoon group a thing or two and was very helpful with ideas and inspiration.  I look forward to seeing some of his work in the future. 

Check out his amazing work at http://www.finishesbyandreas.com/

See his 2-tone, wet-on-wet blended Quartz Stone sample below:
Da Bears!
I just checked and it is the 3rd quarter and Da score is Chicago 27, Minnesota 13.

Dallas Design VIP's!
Next Monday, wait until you see what the Dallas Interior Designers had to do and say last week, during an invitation only, VIP designer event at the Robert Allen Showroom at the Dallas Design Center!

Stay warm and Happy Holidays!



Information on IDAL at:

Monday, December 6, 2010

Madpatter in Boston

I got back midnight Friday from a great week in Boston, Providenece and the West coast and am heading to the airport early this monring for sessions in Minneapolis, Moonachie, NJ and Cleveland.  Can't Wait to see the NTA, IDAL chapter tonight!!

Email me if you are in those areas and are interested in attending a hands-on session. ed@mattinglynolimitspaint.com

Boston Artist:
I had a busy time in Boston this past week and was fortunate enough to get to see Susan Siefer, The Madpatter again.  There is a video below, where Susan talks a bit about some of her art pieces. There will be more from Susan on this blog in the future, as it appears that she will be teaching both beginning and advanced techniques with our products at her studio.  What a talent!

See what she put together in her "spare time" using our Venetian Plaster, Quartz Stone, Metallics, some stencils and foils.

Susan, did several of her designs on canvas and both shows them as designs for wall installations and also sells them as Art. With a quick look at her work, you can see why she is a busy lady.

Susan was very open and shared her techniques and concepts with the entire group.  We all benefited from her knowledge and talent.  There was a very lucky High School, painting and Decorating class, who got to meet her and other professionals during our session.  Many of the Pros shared their insider secrets with the young adults.

I am going to let Susan do the rest of the talking and head to the airport!!!

Listen below:

Look for more on this next week and keep in touch with your ideas and questions.



Information on IDAL at:

Monday, November 29, 2010

Attack of MAG, the St. Louis IDAL Chapter hosted by Wood Icing

I made it home by Plane and Automobile

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family and hope that you all had the same.
(We watched the movie above as one of our family Thanksgiving traditions)

Time to put down the turkey leg, cranberries and stuffing and get back to the bustle with a very busy couple of weeks leading up to the Holidays and the New Year.

This Wednesday in Boston and Providence:
We have 3 hands-on sessions planned for those of you in the Boston area for this Wednesday, December 1st, starting EARLY in Reading, MA. (Hope to see you there!)
7:00 - 9:00 AM: Sherwin -Williams at 349 Main St., Reading, MA
11:00 AM- 1:00 PM: Sherwin -Williams at 693 Cochituate Rd., Framingham, MA
3:00- 5:00 PM: Sherwin -Williams at 80 Lambert Lind Highway, Warwick, RI

St. Louis, IDAL Chapter hosted at Wood Icing:
I had a very busy day in St. Louis meeting with customers and was prepared for a fun evening with the Metro Artisans Guild, (MAG) IDAL chapter. I have had the pleasure of meeting several of the members in the past and knew that they were a lot of fun and had some serious talents!  Our host for the evening was RoseWilde, the inventor, creator of Wood Icing.  Her store, school, gallery was the prefect blend of a visually inspiring setting with an excellent hands-on area.  Good thing the hands-on area was "tricked out," because the attendees really came to play!

Our host Rose, in the photo above.  http://www.woodicing.com/ (866) 966-3423

I was warned in advance that the group really wanted to get into several of our Faux Impressions products and finishes.  Everything from Crackle, to Venetian Plaster, to Quartz Stone, to Leaves, to Tissue Paper, Metallics... (All in 90 minutes!?)

Thankfully, I had reinforcements from Amber Harter, SW DAE and Mark Cassani, SW Sales Rep.  I asked them to bring extension cords and blow dryers. For more information on products and support in the St. Louis area you can contact Amber at: amber.d.harter@sherwin.com and Mark at: swrep8429@sherwin.com.
See them below:

Rose already had a great drying rack set up.
Even had a built-in fan!
With all of the goals and activity planned for the evening, we were going to need all of the hot air we could muster... 

Well, the Hot Air began with my very rapid overview of the products and finishes.  We tabled any Q&A for during the hands-on and the MAG members attacked the product and sample boards!!!  It was chaos, but handled by professionals who are used to getting things done the way that they want them.  I have yet to see an IDAL chapter, get so much done in so little time.  I was a little concernd about crackle drying propoer;ly and Venetian being ready for burnishing, etc.  These consummate professionals made my worries go away quickly as they took, Amber, Mark and I on a wild ride.  See below:

Crackle board below, getting blow dried:
The IDAL National board would be proud to know that this "feeding frenzy" continued during the business meeting portion of the session.  All necessary items were handled by John Bubenik,  (pictured below) and Rose Wilde, while plasters were being trowelled, and crackle sponged on and leaves inserted in metallics and tissue paper was crinkled and painted and glazes were being mixed and applied and .... Amber, Mark and I were kept busy and were truly blown away! (kinda reminded me of piranhas in the Nile)
John, was even able to apply 3 coats of Venetian and burnish. 
He worked in a few other boards as well:
His VP below:
Here is a photo of the group taken at 9:00PM, when the dust settled and the artists' finally began to tire out...Atleast I was tired. 
They Grow 'em Tough and Spunky in St. Louis!
Wood Icing:
After we cleaned up, I ask Rose to give me a quick tour of her gallery, tools and stencils. I am looking forward to working with the stencils as they are a nice thick stock and they should work well with Venetian and Quartz Stone. I have a photo of a grid stencil that she had featured along with many designs.  See it below on this door:
Stencil designs:
Rose, also showed me her sets of stencils for furniture, moldings and around doorways, etc.  She explained that she had the stencils designed with "top to bottom" design as well as horizontal and patterns, so that the stencil could wrap openings or cabinet doors, etc. (See below)

It seems, obvious, but someone had to think of a way to solve that design challenge. Rose has many little tricks and advantages that she has built into her stencils and tools, including tapered edges on metal combs and carving devices.
Class in a Box at www.woodicing.com
I wanted to thank the members of MAG for making that evening one that I will never forget.
I think that it will be a long time before anyone tops their
excellence, persistence and perseverance.  

I am going to be certain to bring more blow dryers when ever I return.

Long Island Apprentice Training:  I will save the details from the Long Island, Union Apprentice session for next week.

Hope to see you in Boston!



Information on IDAL at: