May 9th, 2007

Marquetry Mayhem

I have written previously on the Marquetry Masking Pattern ™ technique I’ve developed using Modellos in the Wood You, Could You post. With my new bedroom maple floor going down tomorrow and the house in complete disarray, Lauren and I have been frantically working on getting the design down so I can have it cut and ready for my “weekend with wood”. I found this design in a book of historical patterns. The source listed is floor tiles from Poland. I am always drawn to the rythm of interlacing circle designs. Once the design is vectored, it’s easy to start playing around with coloration options. Here’s the process. 


You can see the subtle difference between the left and the right. The additional contrast of the alternating darker rings adds a more interesting dynamic to the design. I thought this was the winner, until….


Bingo! More contrast and variety and I am ready go! Each circle will be 18″ diameter. If it doesn’t look as fabulous as I think it will, well, that’s what they make area rugs for.

2 Responses to “Marquetry Mayhem”

  1. Lesley Cangialosi Says:

    Oh Melanie, you do indeed have a winner. Your floor is going to be so gorgeous!
    No area rugs will be needed!


  2. Melanie Says:

    We’ll find out this weekend!! They are sanding and sealing the wood this morning. I’ll take lots of process photos. I am really exciting about the potential for these types of designs for the wood flooring industry here. Of course the guys doing the install are wondering what the heck I’m doing. I’m used to working with other decorative painters who have vision!!! That’s OK, once I paint the picture for them they will come around. LOL