July 17th, 2008

Cool Canvases Series 3

Here is the last in the series of new panels I’ve been showing you in the two previous posts. This first one is my favorite of the bunch, I think. I don’t want to make the other patterns jealous, but I just am REALLY in love with this one.

ABC Carpet and Home table

It started with this inspiration-a tabletop photographed at ABC Carpet&Home in NYC, a veritable treasure trove of inspiring things to photograph (and maybe to even buy!)


I did an “embroidery” version of one of our new Architectural Panel patterns to get the look of the lines that seem to be carved into the surface (one of my new little tricks). I am going to add this finish to my Boho Modern Workshop and will be doing some new Modello Master Method instructions for many of these.

Modello for SALI

I can tell you that it is done with Fresco Paint from Safra. This is a paintable and trowelable product that doesn’t have any binders in it, allowing you to easy rub back through top layers to reveal other color layers below. Once it is sealed with wax or water-based varnish, though, it becomes totally durable. I think our Break Room kitchen cabinets are going to be getting treated to this!

Modello Pattern Samples 3

This Fabric Damask pattern is blown way up. Each repeat is about 4′ high. I think everyone is loving the larger-scaled designs right now!

Modello Pattern Samples 3

We used some new metallic plasters on the market and layered HiLite (interference) colors over it. Then, a good healthy layer of stain to patinate it. I’ll be sharing more of this later….

Modello Pattern Samples 3

This one uses one of our new Silhouette patterns along with metallic foils, paints and embedded lace. I’ve never been brave enough to tackle an embedded lace treatment on a whole wall, but limiting it to a smaller design area makes it pretty darn easy.

Modello Pattern Samples 3

I love the little birdhouse detail. Wouldn’t this be sweet in a nursery??

7 Responses to “Cool Canvases Series 3”

  1. Vicki Schultz Says:

    I can’t believe you got all those boards done in such a short time! I couldn’t imagine the end result on some of them from their humble beginnings. They are beautiful! I would have had as much fun helping with those as I did at Disneyland. Outstanding job as usual. Have a nice time at convention.

  2. Melanie Says:

    So you admit it, Vicki-you were doubting me, LOL. Thanks for your help! I couldn’t have done it without you and Kari.

  3. Gwen Ware Says:

    These are so much more inspiring in person. They looked GREAT in your booth at IDAL in Charleston! It was good to see you again. ~gwen

  4. Melanie Says:

    Thanks Gwen, it was great to see you too. It was a really nice show and Charleston is someplace I would like to go back to. If I evern took a real vacation, that is!

  5. Kim Longo Says:

    I love the architectural panel board. Will this one be taught at your next BOHO Modern class?

  6. Melanie Says:

    Why yes, my dear. It will be a perfect addition. I actually tried to get it ready for the first class, but ran out of time…..

  7. Jennifer Says:

    Hi Melanie,

    Wow. I am speechless, you have been doing so much since I last checked this sight. Where can I get the Fresco Paint? I would love to play with that within the Modello designs, it looks so chalky and beautiful in the picture. Thanks, Jennifer