June 8th, 2012
Our weekly series on Stencil Stars™ showcases our customer’s use of our Royal Design Studio mylar wall stencils and Modello™ masking stencils on walls, ceilings, floors, and more. This week, we feature Texas-based Cindy Howard and Dana DeBuck of Decorative & Faux Finishes, a super talented team of ladies who take the application of stenciled pattern to new heights in each and every one of their decorative painting projects.
Dana DeBuck and Cindy Howard
ABOUT DECORATIVE & FAUX FINISHES
Decorative & Faux Finishes, the decorative arts team of Cindy Howard and Dana DeBuck, has been in business since 1998. They create custom decorative finishes and murals for homeowners, designers, businesses and contractors in the greater Houston, Texas area and beyond. Both Dana and Cindy, along with their crew, exhibit incredible creativity and talent with a wonderful attention to detail. Today, we talk to them a bit about their wonderful attention to detail and get them to share their top stenciling tips.
How do you determine which pattern will work for your project?
We listen to our customers. Our clientele represent all regions of the world and the designs chosen for each project must reflect their style, personality and culture. Royal Design Studio has the range of artistic work and the hi-tech ability to offer endless possibilities. If, for some reason, our job requires a stencil pattern other than the hundreds offered, we send a sketch and it becomes reality.
Pictured above is an entry foyer that was a double layer bird’s nest ceiling. It was stenciled with a Modello Ornamental Border (OrnBor172), metallic plaster and hand-painted drop shadows. Below, is our Modello Eastern Center stencil (EasCen107) nicely framing the light fixture with a coordinating border from our collection.
Please share your top Stenciling tip with us.
Read the directions first. Obvious advice, but so important! (Hint: When they say to use Gardz and burnish both sides of a Modello stencil, they mean it!)
Since we’ve been in business for 14 years, trial and error has been a constant teacher. Also, none of us know everything in this industry. With all the constant change in products, we should never feel too proud to ask for advice. In return, we strive to never be too competitive and to share ideas and the “What Not To-do’s” with other decorative artists to make all our lives easier.
Inspiring ideas for unique spaces! The focal arch above had a slightly customized Modello Ornamental Panel stencil (OrnPan162) while the ceiling below has a customized border stencil turned into a perfect matched circle by our design team.
What are your favorite surfaces to work on and design for?
Okay, we’re crazy, but our favorite surface to work on is the ceiling. Pain in the neck, measuring dilemmas, leveling challenges; but oh, so beautiful! The fifth wall calls to us, and we answer.
Ceilings with wonderful architectural details are perfect to incorporating a pattern! Above is our Modello Ornamental Center stencil (OrnCen170) in light colors, and below are customized borders atop a perfect metallic background. See the completed version here.
Their work is incredible with a perfectly finished quality to it that screams “professional”!! We so appreciate the opportunity to share their inspiring work with our stencils and products — thank you, Cindy and Dana! The beautiful executed and photographed images shared here are just a sampling of what this talented duo have to offer. Be sure to check out their website and Facebook fan page to keep in touch with them and regularly see more of their jaw-dropping projects.
Can’t wait for next week’s Stencil Stars?? We preview a little sampling of each weeks featured artists during Stencil Star Saturdays on our own Royal Design Studio Stencils/Modello Designs Facebook Page. Please stop by and say Hi and cheer our STARS on!