We all have things we're "into" and I've loved to draw since I was 5, began my business with advice and tips from established local artists in 1976 and have been painting ever since in Arizona, Alabama, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and recently, Utah. After completing college in 2012, finally, I continue to paint and draw, but also taught English in Korea for a year and a semester at Soldier Hollow Charter School. Once I'm certified, I'll teach more consistently, along with publishing a private line of international stationary, cards, and children's books.
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- Blue tape is over priced, so I avoid using it. Why pay as much for a roll of tape as a quart of paint??? All professional painters know that painting grade masking tape works best for protecting molding, including base boards, chair rail molding, around doors and windows and so forth. Some off brands of "blue tape" make decent substitutions for the pricey "real" blue tape.
- Glaze is a product, not just a technique. Glaze can be added with water to small amounts of paint or pigment to create your own custom finishes. So, if you don't see what you like in pre-mixed glazes, with a little coaching, you can make your own!
- If you've never faux finished before, or even if you have, try the technique you're planning on covering your walls with out on clean white poster board. You can buy this at Walmart, a craft store, or...well, lots of places for under a $1. I'd tape it off into 4 sections (low tack scotch tape for architects works best) and try several times until you create something you like. Walk around the space you're planning on painting so you can see its effect in different lighting, at various times of day or night when you would normally use that space. You can avoid a ton of disappointment this way!