Elegant Reflections, Part One
Walking into Melanie Royals’ studio is like walking into the faux version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. There is so much eye candy in the two-story space — floors, walls, ceilings, panels, artwork, staircases, furniture, doors…it all flows together and as she gave our group a personal tour, it was mindboggling to note the creativity that flows from her mind. I am a frequent reader of the Design Amour blog and it was cool to see, in person, the pictures I have drooled over in the past year. The studio is still a “work-in-progress” and it was great to hear her plans for filling up the remaining spaces. I’m so glad she’s in our industry!
Here’s some pics of the studio. (More to come in Part Two.)
Elegant Reflections is a two-day class that focuses on using mirrors and glass as substrates. It covers etching, patination, various forms of gilding and reverse painting. The two days were jam packed — there was a lot of ground to cover. On the first day, we learned about proper preparation and she advised us that the techniques would be a new way of thinking for us: working in the reverse. In fact, she let us know when she first started working with glass & mirrors that she basically threw out all her initial samples. Through her guidance, we started to see what the products do and how they react.
Here’s peeks into the various processes and samples both around the studio and created for the class. Pictured is my classmate, Kersteen Anders, who, coincidentally, was also with me in the Safra course given in Italy for advanced Venetian Plaster techniques.
I can totally understand the controlled process and how different techniques I use will affect the end result. I love this new direction! Once I receive my samples, I’ll post up Part Two with more pics of the studio and some of the created works so you can see the end results. For years I’ve planned to take a workshop by Melanie Royals — I’m so glad I took this particular one and invested into my business. It’s wonderful to learn many new things (flash gilding, anyone?) AND have found new substrates to add to my services. Please note that if you are interested, the next Elegant Reflections class is February 9 – 10, 2009. I can’t wait to receive my samples and other yummy stuff!