Art Class – July 2013

Posted by: adrienne on July 17, 2013 | No comment

By Carolyn Smith

When I arrived at Brush & Trowel, I was not surprised to find that Adrienne had a full house for her July art class! She has been offering these classes since March and I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend most of them. I really enjoy the way she introduces us to a new technique and product each time. The explanations are clear and easy to understand and she gives one-on-one instruction and assistance so you never feel lost or unsure of what to do next. Her teaching style allows for individual creativity so everyone goes home with a truly unique piece of art.

This board was the inspiration piece for the July class.

Adrienne from Brush & Trowel

Throughout these classes we have been using products from a company called Proceed. According to the brochure, it is a…

According to the brochure, it is a…

“…concise, but complete “designer palette” of high-performance paints, glazes, pigment dispersions, textures, crackle effects and ancillary products that work together seamlessly…”

These water-borne products clean up easily and provide a creative toolbox for all sorts of interesting paint finishes.

We started out with a primed wooden canvas. Next we applied the following two finishes…


The rough  regular texture product, in dark gray, went on first.

Rought Texture

Once that was dry, we applied the smooth absorbent  texture product, in a light gray.

Grey Texture

Adrienne showed us how to achieve a randomly inconsistent effect.  This type of effect creates rich layers of texture that will be the backdrop for our design.

Drying Time

More drying time!


Once the board was dry, she added the stencil, taping it down in a few spots.


Light Grey

Stencil Work

Adrienne used a dabbing motion to stencil on  the white texture (Proceed Metallic Texture mixed with Meoded Crystal Brush Sparkle Paint).  The dabbing application keeps the product from getting pushed under the stencil.  As you can see from the picture below, this product also is applied with random inconsistency.  She wanted it to be  heavier in some areas and lighter in others.

More Stencil


Once she had the stencil covered, she took her trowel tool and knocked down the product a bit to get a dragged texture.

Here is how mine looked.  Initially, I wasn’t adding enough of the white.  Adrienne advised me to be a bit more generous to get a better result.

Stencil Work


Lifting the stencil is always a little nerve-wracking.

I bumped it several times when I was adding the white product so I wasn’t sure if it would be “refrigerator worthy” or not.  😉

Finished Product


Whew!  What a relief!  I love it.

Can you imagine using this technique on an entire dining room wall – – or a master bedroom, nursery, or teenager’s room?  OK, I guess what I’m saying is, this would be amazing anywhere!

If you live in the Portland area, you have to visit Brush & Trowel.  Take Adrienne a picture of your desired faux finish and she will help you figure out what products you might need.

She also carries Farrow & Ball paint and wallpaper.  So beautiful!

F&B 3 pics

Thanks Adrienne for another inspiring evening!


Brush & Trowel
8425 SW Terwilliger Blvd,
Portland, Oregon 97219
(503) 230-8925

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