Our customers are ALWAYS finding new and creative ways to combine decorative paint techniques with ornamental patterns and stencil designs on unique surfaces. We like to applaud these innovative artists in our Stencil Star™ series, which seeks to showcase creative artists worldwide and their inspired work. Today we feature the fun and lively Kathy Wear of Artistic Finishes in Tennessee!
ABOUT KATHY WEAR
Kathy Wear is the owner of Artistic Finishes in Tennessee. Artistic Finishes specializes in custom wall finishes and hand troweled plasters as well as murals and decorative concrete. Kathy has won numerous awards over the last 10 years including six awards for Best Faux Finish from the Middle Tennessee Builders Association for her work in the Parade of Homes. She was recently named one of the top three decorative concrete artists in Nashville. Her work has also been published in many local and national publications and also been featured on Southern Homes and Lifestyles TV.
Fabulous ceiling stenciling she did with a custom Modello™ Designs stencil pattern and a great color scheme!
What draws you to Stenciling?
I am drawn to stenciling because I can really customize the work I do for my clients as I try to never do the same finish twice. My clients love the fact that they have something unique to their home. Over the past few years I have done many stenciled ceilings and more recently I have done quite a few floors. Doing a stenciled ceiling or floor can add a very dramatic focal point to a room and turn a plain space into something fabulous.
Kathy creates Custom Commodes™ for her clients which use metallic foils and leaf combined with our Modello™ Designs vinyl stencils!
How does Stenciling enhance your creative business?
What I love about stenciling and using Modello® Designs masking stencils is that I can talk with my clients and designers and get a sense of what they are looking for in the space and then create a drawing and send it to the Modello team. They customize it into a beautiful work of art and I use this to create exactly what my client wants. The last floor project I completed was a joy to work on! I worked with Melissa at Modello Designs to do a large custom border stencil on a very irregular shaped alter floor and it fit like a dream.
This stunning faux marble floor was created with a concrete overlay, one of our Modello™ Designs Ornamental Tile vinyl stencil designs (OrnTil180) for the large center element and additional custom designs.
Please share your top Stenciling Tips with us.
My top tips for stenciling are, number one DON’T be intimidated!! It is not hard to do. Once you get in the swing of things it progresses very quickly. If you are using a Modello® Designs masking stencil, be sure to have you measurements correct. If you get these right, your stencil should lay down quite easily. Any small gaps or errors that may occur can quickly be corrected by a bit of blue tape. If I don’t personally prepare my substrate, I always roll on a quick coat of Guardz as this way I can be assured that the stencil will pull off quickly and cleanly. A second pair of hands and eyes is always helpful when laying the stencil. So, try it! My favorite part of all is when I pull the stencil and reveal the beautiful design!
Kathy is no stranger to glam, custom works! You can see her unique treatment above with an Ornamental Stencil border (OrnBor125) around a niche and below with a canvas created with a Modello™ Designs vinyl motif stencil from our Art Deco Collection (DecMot120).
We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Kathy’s beautiful work and inspiring creativity with both our Royal Design Studio stencils and Modello® Designs masking patterns! You can find more of her work in her Artistic Finishes website! If you’d like continued inspiration, don’t forget to visit our Pinterest boards filled with design, pattern and finish ideas and our Facebook fan page for stencil projects and more!