Friday, August 31, 2007

Some website re-vamping

I started re-vamping my Faux Finishes page on my website. You can now click on each sample and see it enlarged. I only have 9 thus far on the page, but I will be adding more as I create and design them. I have started from scratch creating new samples on polystyrene sheets as opposed to the foam board that I was once using. What a difference!! For those of you faux painters out there, I am open to suggestion on what types of faux finishes I should be including. I have the basics thus far, but I am eager to add more. I will start researching through my oodles of great books this week. Thanks everyone for your support!

Here is a picture of one of my samples - a marble finish.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Puppet Theater Mural

I just finished working on a fun project - a 4' x 4' puppet theater that my customer has made for her two twin nieces. They asked me to fun, whimsical, yet realistic flowers. They brought the piece to me already painted the same yellow as the girl's bedroom (you can see it through the opening in the pictures below) I suggested painting it over so instead of blending into the walls, it would stand out. I chose to do background colors of blue and green as a backdrop for the mural, blue for the sky and green for the land.

After doing the background color, I painted the clouds. Then I painted the green of the grass, leaves, and flower stems. The flowers and butterfly's were last.
You can click on the pictures to enlarge.

We now have a mailing list!

I have been doing a lot of updates to my website. We now have a mailing list that you can sign up to receive email updates, news on recent projects, new pictures in the picture galleries, and notifications when new posts have been added to our blog. Please sign up at

Saturday, August 25, 2007

My great grandfather was a faux painter!!

My grandma is 93 years old and living with my mom in central New Jersey. She is my last living grandparent. She is such a special lady, she is still sharp and has all of her memory. Sometimes my mom and I sit with her and ask her questions about her childhood and about old times. It is so interesting to hear how her parents came into America from Czechoslovakia on a ship into Ellis Island. Her parents met in New York city and were married in 1910. They lived on E. 66th St. in Manhattan until they moved to Keasby, NJ and then ended up in Perth Amboy, NJ where my great grandmother (Verona Matey Bohach) passed away in 1929. She died from Hotchkins Lymphoma at the age of 39. My great grandfather, Andrew John Bohach, was left to care for 4 children. He worked for the Lehigh Valley railroad marking railroad cars. The cool part, is that I just found out that he had a second job working as an interior home painter. My grandma told us that he did not only do straight painting, but he also worked with sponges, rags, and even used combs to do specialty finishes. My grandma was 23 when my great grandpa died of a burst apendix (peratinitus). He was only 51 years old. My grandma said that I inherited my talent from my him, and I feel so honored about that. I knew that we had artists on my dad's side of the family, but now I know that I have it on my mom's side too. I encourage everyone to learn about their family history when you have the chance, from your older relatives, before it is too late.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

First Post

Well, I finally created my first blog post! I have no idea whether or not this will be beneficial for my business, but I thought I would try. I look forward to becoming a true "blogger".