Remembering Doyle L. Self II

Doyle Self

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Doyle Self.  Cancer had once again claimed another victim.  I was just one of thousands that Doyle either taught or inspired with his love, really his passion of Venetian plastering.

I first got to know Doyle in 2003 when I was looking for a plaster expert to be a moderator on Talk Faux Forum. I had done some research and several people I had talked to told me to ask Doyle, they said he owned the School of Italian Plasters, was the exclusive distributor for Safra products and he was considered my many to be the "king" of the plaster industry. I think it took me a week to finally work up the courage to ask him, but when I did, Doyle immediately accepted and then spent about 30 minutes giving me a history lesson on plasters and telling me why most likely my plastering sucked! Ha!  He wasn't wrong!

Thank you Doyle for all the plastering help you gave me and the countless others in the industry either through classes at your Atlanta, California or Texas School of Italian Plaster locations, through industry conventions and events, forums, phone calls or countless other ways.  You will be missed!

Happy trowels to you Doyle!

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A very special painting retreat....We are Caring With Colors

Six days, nine instructors and ten classes...all for a donation to Caring With Colors.

In October 2014 there will be a special painting retreat to raise money for the Caring With Colors Foundation.  Caring With Colors was founded by Decorative Artists Deb Drager and Lynn Bandyk to help you, the artist. 

Help us, help one of you!  Click here to find out how and join the list below.

Some of the wonderful people and businesses who have already donated money, product, supplies, and themselves to the October event include.....

Cutting Edge Stencils
Faux Effects International
Modern Masters
Royal Design Stencils
Proceed System
Faux Retreat
Frog Tape
Art Rollers by Xeim
Victoria Larsen Stencils
Earth Pigments
Faux Design Studio
Loft101 Stencils
Infinity Foils
Wunda Size by Rosebrand
LUXX Hotel
What The Heck
Soulfood Music Inc.

Special thank you to the following....
Deb Drager
Lynn Bandky
Sheri Zeman (Faux Designs Studio, Loft101 Stencils)
Janna Makaeva (Cutting Edge Stencils)
Melanie Royals (Royal Design Studio)
Greg Sargema (Modern Masters)
Donna Hart (Golden Artist Color)
Donna Phelps (Sarasota School of Faux & Architectural Finishes )
Diane Walsh
David Royal
Charity Huot
Brenda Schaeffer
Mike Metcalf
Heidi Schaeffer
Dori Anderson 
Shauna Gallagher
Jeanene Dean
Janice M. Saunders 
Georgia king 
George Carper 
Cindy Feddersen 
Izabella Fabrizio
Jay Lewis 
Tara Novak 
Diane OConnor  
Patricia Jelen
Staci Mize
Jan Moody
Charlee King Adam
Debra Johnson 
Beki VanMeter
Ande Crenshaw

Faux retreat is Caring With Colors.  October 16 - 21
Classes by Deb Drager, Sheri Zeman, Donna Phelps, Shauna Gallagher, Cindy Feddersen, George Carper, Staci Mize, Pat Jelen, Kathy Boyd  If you are interested in joining us, you can click here to see how.

We are a bunch of decorative painters coming together to learn, create, have fun and share a wonderful experience, all while raising money for cancer research and to help those fighting cancer.

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Raising Money to Help Artist's in Need

In October of 2014 there will be a very special painting event to raise money for the Caring With Colors Foundation.  Caring With Colors was founded by Decorative Artists Deb Drager and Lynn Bandyk to help YOU the artist and any family member who may need help if sick.  This is a special retreat only open to past retreat attendees and in lieu of a class fee, students are asked to make a donation to Caring With Colors.  In order to ensure the success of this very important fundraiser, we are seeking contributions to help defray the costs associated with the event, so that all funds raised can go directly toward the Caring With Colors Foundation.

Generous donors like you are the key to our success and make it possible for Caring With Colors to provide artists and their families in “the fight” with cancer and other illnesses. We hope that we can count on your support to help us.

Your donation will be listed in our event program and t-shirts, as well as on the event and foundation website and various social media sites, including Groups and Pages on Facebook, Linkedin, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter. We also plan on articles in industry related media and video.

Thank you for your time and donation!

Kathy Boyd
Founder Faux Retreat | ArtNest

Please fill out the form if you can help Caring With Colors with any of the following.

*Instructor’s supplies and/or products
*Prize to be given at retreat
*Promotional giveaways
*Donation of money to go directly to foundation for CWC retreat expenses.
*Would you like to attend the retreat and set up an area to demo or show your products? (I have a building just for anyone who would like to do this. The area will be open and available Saturday, October 18.  If you would just like to come and “hang out” for a few days, you are welcome to do that as well. There are some very inexpensive ($25 - $30 night) lodging available within 1 mile.
*Sponsor past student to be able to attend. Either with direct donation or through an online contest.
*Donate Scholarship to CWC for someone to attend future Faux Retreat.
*Other donation

Regardless of the size of the donation, if you have contributed to any of the retreats in the past you will be given lots of mentions in marketing and our sincere and heartfelt thanks.


For more information you can contact Deb Drager or Lynn Bandky

Faux Retreat© 218-940-3095

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Faux Tiles DIY

Easy backsplash finish.

1. Prime area with off white Faux Effects SetCoat.  
2. After SetCoat is dry trowel Faux Effects AquaStone  through Victoria Larsen's tile stencil. Let dry overnight. 
3. Randomly pounce on tile sections (leave stencil on) Faux Effects Tundra Gold MetalGlow and Rustoleum Metallic Copper Penny. Let dry. 
4. Apply Wunda Size to tile sections and after it tacks up (roughly 30 minutes) apply foil. I used Copper Rainbow. If you have not used decorative foil before, be sure that you lay the foil color side facing up.  Use a stiff brush or a scrubby pad to rub the foil on the tiles.  
5.  To protect the finish I recommend using Sherwin Williams ArmourSeal 1K or Modern Masters MasterClear Topcoat.

I bought all my Faux Effects and Wunda Size products from Faux Design Studio.
Victoria Larsen has several stone and backsplash stencils.
The decorative foil was purchased from

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Staci Mize

I want to congratulate Staci Mize of Faux Finishing and Designs of Texas.  Staci is now the newest and only U.S. distributor of the Cebos Color products.  Staci is a fireball of energy and has a passion for the decorative arts profession that will leave a lasting impact on the industry.

Staci will be assisting and teaching with David Williams at the September 2014 Faux Retreat.  They will be officially debuting the Cebos Color products in the United States at this retreat.  Staci will also be teaching at the October Faux Retreat.

Watch for the announcement of her new online store and other classes coming late fall.

For more information or to be added to Staci's mailing list, click here.

Founded in 1997, Cebos Color is now one of the most important protagonist in the Italian paint decorative market and is continually improving its market share in the world.
According to the way of thinking and to the strategic view of its founder and actual chief executive, Mr Silverio Meroni, Cebos Color has based its business first of all on products, service and final consumer knowledge.
The competitive advantage of Cebos Color is its catalogue: it’s the only one company able to offer such a large range of products and every day the R&D laboratory works on new projects and ideas.
The new production site in Bergamo, close to Milano and on the most important Italian highway (A4), has been created to obtain: quality and efficiency through the automation of the production line but preserving an incredibly high flexibility and respecting in best way the environment.

These are a few finishes created with the Cebos line.

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Nathan Wainscott

"With a natural inclination toward the creative spirit, a unique approach has always been my preference to every experience and vocation. As an artist, horticulturist and lover of all natural beauty, I find my greatest strength realized in the decorative art of faux finishing.

By recognizing the natural beauty found in elements of stone, marble, wood and leather, we see a true artisan's handy work. I'm astonished, humbled and deeply moved by the opportunity to apply my talent in a way that imitates the divine in such a way.

We all seek beauty; in life, in love, in nature... I dare say it's the secret cry of a longing heart for it's maker. I pursue this beauty in my work and my life, and now offer this passion to you as an expression of the joy and meaning I've found in its pursuit."

How many people can say they are absolutely passionate about their work? Greensboro artisan Nathan Wainscott considers himself truly fortunate to be counted among that number. An expert in faux finishing, Nathan details his artistry each day in beautiful, multi-layered textures and finishes for designers, architects, homeowners and builders. Ceilings, cabinetry, walls and furniture become the canvasses upon which he expresses his colorful and creative talent.
As he collaborates with each client, Nathan is able to bring their vision to life. He believes that his decorative finishes not only enhance the interiors of his clients, they also inspire and influence the mood and atmosphere. Nathan is equally at ease creating the look and feel of distressed leather and Venetian plaster as well as other contemporary and old world finishes. He explains that faux finishing "is as much visual as it is textural.”
Each brushstroke, layer and color reflects Nathan’s love for his craft and his commitment to establishing the warmth and richness that his clients desire.

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