Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Well, praise God, the tub I faux painted as Marble Stone passed the test!
I painted this tub that was in bad shape 2 years ago and although it held up, since I painted it a solid beige, it looked boring. Since it started to chip around the drain, I decided to add some texture to it and faux paint it to look like a honed marble stone tub. I let it cure for a month and yesterday my family was down for Christmas and used it. That was going to be the test, to see if it held up to 15 people using it! Well, it did! I am so blessed cause it looks great and is functional, too. My family really liked it, too.
I will be adding a page to my website that will include a new Faux Painting DVD that I want to produce, Faux Painting Texture. I need to get the video done and ask that any believers in Jesus out there, will pray for wisdom from the Lord to produce it in a way that as always, will make it easy to learn faux painting.
Merry Christmas to all who are reading this post!
Friday, September 11, 2009
With a faux painting web site to keep up with, I don't have much time to do as many projects as before. Don't get me wrong, I still continue to actually faux paint for profit, but when I refer to projects, I mean my own where I do it for loved ones or for fun. Recently, my mom changed her toilet and now she didn't want the green faux finish I had done many years ago. So I wanted to bless her by taking my time to do a "trompe l'oeil" effect. That's fancy french which means, "trick of the eye". I love the look of tile in a bath but installing real ones is not only expensive, but the mess it creates is not pleasant. I have been in homes where there is tile being installed and the owners can't wait to get the job done. There's a lot of dust from the concrete in the air where they mix the powder they need. Anyway, I figured painting the tile would eliminate the mess and in the future, if my mom wants to change the look, she doesn't have to mess up the walls to take out the old tile. In addition, we could still use the bathroom while I was working, plus, she saved so much money and time, looking for the perfect color in tile.
Well, here's a picture of what I did. And yes, I used the Triple S Faux Painting System that God gave me. I cannot faux paint without this patented system, myself. I do plan to make a video of the steps I took and all the faux finishing techniques I used to achieve this beautiful look. I sent this picture out to my friends and asked them what they thought of my tile work and none of them thought it was paint; they all thought the tiles were real. So I guess I passed the test. Thank you Lord for my first "trompe l'oeil" attempt being a success. At least I think so. What do you think? I would love comments.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Well, gotta be quick cause I gotta get to bed. Not late at all but I need to get back into the habit of spending some quiet time with the Lord and more time reading the bible. God's been too good to me to stray from seeking Him.
Anyway, tonight I was blessed to see that I got a lot of visits to my website and was particularly curious about a referred site I didn't recognize. So I went to visit it and I was pleasantly surprised to see that a customer had posted some pictures of her faux painting project on her site. I needed to put her pictures on my testimonies' page but haven't the chance yet. I was working on new tools and new faux painting techniques most of the day in addition to giving a quote for a big job.
So I decided to quickly post my customer's picture on this blog so that I can get others to see it. Her walls came out gorgeous and especially the ones I am including on this post. I am including a bit of her letter, too. It's customers like Amanda that make it all worth while and the Lord uses people like her to encourage me to keep going. He knows I would rather be sharing a bible study or visiting orphans and widows but for now, until the time is right, I will stay with the talent He has blessed me with. I love art and I love seeing others succeed in their quest to learn how to faux finish. I hope you like the pictures of Amanda's faux painted walls. Here's a few words she wrote me:
Hi! I emailed you way back about those annoying knockdown walls that are all through my house, and I subsequently bought rather a lot of faux painting supplies from you to take care of that little problem. I thought I would show you that I've been putting them to great use! It's been slow but sure progress, and it's turned out beautifully. I still have three rooms left to do, but I can't wait to show you any longer.
Just today I finished my studio. It's my favorite so far and I HAD to email you and show you that I really have the hang of it now. I know there are a lot of pictures, but I think you'll agree it looks lovely.
If you want to put any of these up on your site, please, feel free! I AM an artist, but I'll tell you that the only time my artistic talent ever came into play was in choosing colors. That was the hardest part. Everything else was so EASY. I think most anyone could pick up the knockdown technique in about twenty minutes. Even painting the ferns was simple. (I did that with a brush, but I gently went over them with a small poofy pad to blur them and break up darker blobs of paint. Not a perfect job, because I was learning as I went, but let me tell you, you step back three feet and any "mistakes" do not show at all.)
I am so happy, and so grateful for your wonderful inventions. This would not have been possible without them, and without you. Everyone who sees what I have done asks how I did it, and everyone who asks gets pointed straight at your site. It's the least I can do.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
-- Amanda Gannon
Monday, March 30, 2009
Well here I am again. Finally! I admit I am not too good at posting blogs. Partly cause I don't know if people really read them. Being busy with a website, teaching faux painting classes, answering calls from customers, faux painting homes and experimenting with new ideas for faux painting tools, I rarely have time to post anything. The first few months of this year have already been interesting. It's amazing how the Lord guides me thru the comments made by my customers or visitors to the faux painting website I have. There's tons of them out there by the way. I'm sure if you happen to be reading this post, you know. I recently got a few comments on how my videos say "free shipping" and now I am charging for ground shipping. My response is that I did say "for a limited time" and the first faux painting videos I posted are almost 2 years old. I think 2 years is enough time to be considered "limited", don't you. The U.S. Post office just went up on shipping charges but I am only charging $3.00 for ground for up to 1 pound. I am charged average $6.50, so you figure I am paying for half. Well enough of trying to defend my prices for shipping. lol With a lot of people out of work, I would like to write and produce a "start a faux painting business" E-Book myself. I have sold one as an affiliate but I had one customer tell me she wasn't pleased with it. Things have changed and I would like to include how to start your own website in your city, too. If it were not for the internet, I would have no sales. Praise God, I finally got the patent to the Triple S Faux Painting system! Now I have been getting so many letters from companies wanted to help me market the system or manufacture them. I already have them manufactured, I just need to let the masses know. I believe in the system myself. I have told many, "I can't faux paint without my tools myself." I mean that, too. Every time I teach a faux painting class to a student and see how well their boards come out, I am convinced so much more that the Holy Spirit really gave me the idea for the tools. I am aware of one thing, though. You still have to practice with the different tools to get the system down pat. It's like playing a piano. It's easy to hit the keys with your fingers. Anyone can do that. But to make it sound good, you have to practice and learn a few things. So if you're reading this blog (please let me know, too) then you don't have anything to lose by trying it out. Right now I have a sale on a Faux Painting Combo which includes the new Faux Marble DVD that I produced. That includes a Free Faux Painting Color Suggestions and Idea E-book, too. One day faux painting will be just like regular painting in the sense that millions will know how to do it. My aim is to see the prices for the labor go down and see many companies offer it so that all homes can have the beauty of faux painted walls in them. God bless!