Artists & Gilders Decorative Studio News

                       Volume 1, Issue 1                                                                                                           August 2002

Calendar of Events for September

All Classes are held at  Artists & Gilders Decorative Studio               

 3459 Finland Road, Pennsburg PA 18073                              

 We are about 45 mile west of Philadelphia.                        

Phone 215-679-4064                                                                             

 email rossfaux@erols.com

Fresco textures and Aged Finishes

date: September 4-6, 2002

 TIME 9:00 am to 4:30 PM

Cost: $750.00

Materials and Supplies Included

3 Day class designed for the professional and those wanting to know more about traditional and aged finishes.

 

Fresco Textures and Aged Finishes 3 days $750.00 class will develop traditional textures used in decorative painting and bona fide techniques and recipes of traditional materials. We will also cover modern materials used to achieve the look of traditional medium. We will make a couple different types of distemper in the class to use. We will cover aging techniques of finishes and the making of fresco look finishes.

Metallic Faux Techniques, Architectural Gilding and Chemical Patination

date: September 8-12, 2002

Time 9:00 am to 4:30 PM

This is for those professionals who want to take an intense 5 day program. This combination class can save you money.

Learn to lay Dutch metal, Copper, Silver and Gold leaf from the book on to sized sample boards. Plus cutting and tipping leaf on ornament and furniture. You will learn to use different methods of applying the most popular chemicals to create interesting patinas on Dutch metal, Copper, Silver leaf. You leave this course with a portfolio of gilded and toned molding samples, a complete portfolio of many different patina leaf samples and numerous metallic faux samples.

This is a very poplar course; metallic finishes are one of the hottest looks on the market!

Course is designed for beginning to advanced gilders who have little or no experience working with oil gilding. This combination class will take you above what you ever thought could be accomplished and will send you on your way to being one of the elite gilders in your area. This course is limited in size, paced to your skill level and very in depth. You are provided a Manual for this course, so you don't have to spend a lot of time taking notes.

 

Chemical Patination of Gilded Surfaces

date: September 10-11, 2002

2 Day class designed for the professional

Time  9:00 am to 4:30 PM

 

This is for those professionals who want to learn to chemical patination of different types of leaf, course covers Dutch metal, Copper, Silver.

 

Learn to lay leaf from the book on to sized sample boards. Plus you will learn to use different methods of applying the most used chemicals to create interesting patinas on the different leaf types. You leave this course with a complete portfolio of at least 12 different patina leaf samples.

Metal Leaf Chemical Patination is designed for beginning to advanced gilders who have little or no experience working with patinas. This class will take you above what you ever thought could be accomplished and will send you on your way to being one of the elite gilders in your area. This course is limited in size, paced to your skill level and very in depth. You are provided a Manual for this course, so you don't have to spend a lot of time taking notes.

 

Metallic Glazing Techniques

date: September 12, 2002

Time  9:00 am to 4:30 PM

Cost: $250

1 Day class focusing on the use of metallic glazing techniques for surfaces.

Decorative Painting Level 1 & 2

date: September 16-20, 2002

Time  9:00 am to 4:30 PM

Cost: $995.00
This class is designed for contractors or those who wish to start a faux finishing business that have very little or no experience in faux finishing. This class will touch on proper surface preparation from repairing surfaces, testing previously painted surfaces for latex paint or oil base paint, proper surface primer, and also what type of masking tape, paper and equipment that will be needed to prepare your surface for painting. These are the most important steps for any finish to be applied, from your normal painting, hanging wallpaper, or doing a faux finish.

The course includes a Manual of Finishes with step-by-step instructions for all the finishes we will cover. Plus several others you will be able to complete on your own with the instruction you will receive in this class. The manual includes formulas for the wood grains, marbles, special glazes and effects.

Day 1 includes broken color techniques also known as glazing

Day 2 & 3 marbling

Day 4 & 5 wood graining.

 

You can take any part of this class the cost.

1 day $250.00 for glazing techniques

2 days $495.00 for sections of wood graining or marbling.

 

In class we will experiment with traditional mediums, distempers, acrylics and oils. So you get a good overview of how the different mediums work. If you were not familiar with the different mediums it would be best to do the entire course first.

 

 

 

Business Issues

Accessing Your Skills, Education, and Experience

The first step in your assessment is to make an honest appraisal of your personal skills and education. You should list everything, especially if you are unsure what type of business in which you want to become involved. Don't list any faults or doubts here. This is a place to remember all of the things that you know how to do well (no skimping on personal praise).

After you have identified your personal skills and education, focus on your business knowledge. If you know what you are interested in, list what you know about the field or industry. If you are well versed, simply outline the general areas. If you are not sure, you should list everything. Concentrate on specific business information rather than general life experience. All experience will be useful, but we can only use the business experience when we are making a decision about what skills you may need to develop in order to run your business.

The next step is to evaluate your decision-making abilities.  When you own your business, you are in charge, and many decisions will have to be made based on what you think. Not all of these decisions will have to be made immediately, but some of them will have to. If your normal response is to give problem solving to someone else, then you will probably have difficulty with running a business. Reflect on your life experiences. Write down two situations where you solved a problem and the decision you made worked well. Then write down two situations where the decisions you made did not work so well. Be sure to write down what you learned from these situations.

Last, but certainly not least, identify your entrepreneurial skills.   As we mentioned earlier, a lot of Successful entrepreneurs have a lot of initiative and also take risks, and they have learned from making their own mistakes. Taking a clear look at your source of motivation and your belief in yourself will help you to be prepared for the challenges that come with owning your own business. Probably the three most important factors on the road to Success are: the ability to be flexible, the willingness to change with the market as technology advances, and the ability to trust yourself. If you have all of these, you are more than halfway there.

Once you have completed your assessment, you may want to review all three areas to determine where you are at this point in time. By evaluating and understanding the whys and how’s of what you have or have not accomplished up to this point in your life, you can better use this knowledge to your advantage, now and in the future. The following questions will help you do this. Remember, the more honest you can be in answering the questions, the more useful the information will be to you.

What do you feel are your main strengths? 

What do you feel are your more serious weaknesses? 

How do you think someone else might answer the above two questions about you? 

What talents do you possess and in what situations have you been able to use them? 

How would you personally define the idea of having a job or being employed?

Now, things are already starting to make sense or you are beginning to have doubts. Either way, listen to your feelings and trust yourself. In the end, these are only tools for you to use in your evaluation process, nothing more and nothing less.

 

 

Have you visited our New Message board help us get it off to a good start!  We added a section on it just to discuss questions about the newsletter and discussion of the topics.

 

 

 

New Products Ronan Paints                                                 AQUA FAUX DECORATORS VARNISH - WATER BASED

 

Aqua Faux Decorators Varnish is a unique, polymeric waterborne. Low viscosity, ultra violet resistant, clear topcoat designed to protect decorative materials when extra protection is desired on interior or exterior surfaces (2 coats recommended for exterior use). Dries to a Flexible, weather resistant finish.   It helps prevent color degradation by reducing the effects of harmful ultraviolet rays, which cause premature fading. Formulated for use over decorative paintwork (faux designs, murals, ect..) on a variety of different substrates (vinyl, wood, metal, plaster, glass, plastic and many synthetics). Ideal for use over wallpaper, stone, brick and fabrics. Contains ultraviolet absorbers and therefore can be used to topcoat interior surfaces (murals, etc.) that will be exposed to sunlight (near doors, windows etc). Cures to a non-yellowing finish and therefore can be used directly on pictures, murals, portraits without altering the colors. Non-Flammable, non-toxic when cured, low odor. Available in Dead Flat. Satin and Gloss finishes.

Dry-Time: (ci} 70o F; 50% Relative Humidity: Dries to touch - 45 minutes to 1 hour; to handle: 2 1/2 hours;

to recoat - 3 1/2 hours; Dry hard - S hours. Full cure - 72 hours. Will take longer to dry under cooler and more
humid conditions. The long recoat time is necessary to achieve optimum dead flat finish.


Application Methods: Brush or roller.