For those of you fabulous painters out there with busy lives and even busier schedules that could not make this years IDAL Memphis convention but really REALLY wanted to… NEVER FEAR… LULU and her Patina Designs Painting Posse are hear to give you the scoop on all the hot happenings of this years convention…
Above is a new stencil from Wallovers … Its one of their latest creations and it was flying off their shelves like wild fire… I even bought one myself. If you feel like staying ahead of the game then pick one up yourself…They only cost $48.00! At the convention Wallovers was having a special that if you spent $100 on stencils you would get their handy dandy Allover Brush for FREE! I bet if you ask them nicely they will hook you up with the same special because those gals are so sweet and kind!
Next up…Innovative Stencil Guru Melany Royals is delighting our senses through a new series of affordable Virtual Workshops. YES folks… this means you can have Melany right there in your very own home now without having to travel to California! Registration starts: 7/27/09 and for only $150 you can get 6 beautiful finishes that incorporate foils with Royal Design Studios Stencils and Modello Decorative Masking Patterns. I am beyond thrilled that last night at the auction, one of my partners Terri Roberts one a FREE Virtual workshop so the three of us will be crowding around the computer to enjoy that on October 1st!
The artist du jour was without a doubt Cindee from Minnesota’s own Architectural Enhancements. Us Patina gals know Cindee quite well, and it brought the biggest smiles to our faces to see how well the decorative Industry was responding to Cindee’s booth at the Expo. There were times when it felt like everyone in the expo center was huddled around Cindee’s booth watching in awe as she turned concrete into elaborate stone fireplaces or counter tops! We have a whole library of finishes that we offer from training with Cindee in Annandale. Decorative Concrete is on the up and up and as finishers we need to stay ahead of the trends.
Donna Phelps said something in class Tuesday that really struck a nerve with Terri and I. She mentioned that the trends are leaning towards regular paint contractors doing simple plaster and glazing techniques. As finishers we need to really show just how capable we are at the finer parts of the industry, the specialty finishes that no contractor with a trowel or sponge could replicate or dare to try.
Next up: everyone was in awe of WALL TATTOOS… I wish I could find their website right now…but am having a heck of a time. I’ll swing by their booth later today and more of the skinny for you!
And last but certainly not least, if you have a hankering for hunky Italian Stallion men and lime based plasters TOTEM COATINGS is the place for you! I had the pleasure of monitoring Joe Greco’s class on Tuesday and these Eco- lime plasters are Beautiful, easy to work with and most importantly Affordable!!!! But here is the biggest and best secret of all that we at the convention were privy to know. Joe has a talented finisher on his staff named Rose and she has perfected the craft of marbling using lime based plasters… YES, you heard that right. I saw board after board of what this master painter has created and I am telling you now…. I have never, EVER, seen a marble board that even compares to hers EVER. Want to be the best marble finisher in your neck of the woods? Then go to Toronto and take a class with Rose at Totem Coatings!!! I can’t wait to get up there and learn this brilliant technique myself!
There you have it folks…. I really hope to see all of you next year at Portland Oregon’s IDAL convention 2010! and if not…you can always come back here and I’ll give you the skinny again! MUAH painty people! lulu