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Elegant Reflections, Part One

October 2, 2008 11 Comments by Regina

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.)

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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.

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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!

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  1. Melanie Royals
    2271 days ago

    Hey Regina! Thank you so much for coming to the class and posting about it. I don’t even remember you taking any pictures. We were in such a creative frenzy here for two days! Loved having you here and your samples were packaged with care and shipped today. I posted some photos on just now….

  2. Regina Garay
    2270 days ago

    Hey Melanie! Woooooo – can’t wait to receive the samples, thank you! Your blog entry on the class was great…loved the pics. :) Planning on going back to Cali next year so I’m looking forward to another class. Talk to you soon!

  3. Julie Stonehouse
    2254 days ago

    Excuse me, but I am waiting on Part Deux! Great post Regina. I was so happy to get my samples in the mail… I take them out all the time and just look at them and me looking at them… and so on! Great to meet you ~ Julie

  4. Regina Garay
    2254 days ago

    LOL! Julie – it’s on the queue in about 2 or 3 posts, I swear! :) It’s so nice to hear from you! I laughed at the “just look at them and me looking at them” because it’s the same for me. (…and it’s tough to photograph mirrors well without getting yourself in the shot — I don’t know how Melanie does it…) I hope all is well in your coast. :)

  5. Julie Stonehouse
    2248 days ago

    Okay — just checking!! I’ll keep looking in on you… All’s well in CA, thanks! ~Julie

  6. Dawn Papandrea-Khan
    2226 days ago

    Regina, you are so lucky to be able to take classes at Melanie Royals studio! I can’t wait to get out there and learn more. But for now, I have to focus on priority #1 – family. :)

    I look forward to seeing the samples that you made. Be sure to post some pictures!

    Oh, and thanks for the linking love. I see that you have linked to my new nursery murals blog – awesome!

    Lots of love to you and HAPPY PAINTING!! I can’t wait to get back once the baby starts sleeping better at night. LOL


  7. Alicia Danzig
    2211 days ago

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I’m so inspired! What lovely and creative pieces you talented ladies are making here! I just can’t wait to play and try something like this! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful talents!!!!

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