Wednesday, December 23, 2009

never dull paintings...

click to enlarge for more detail!!!

especially see the glue dots on the magazine pages...

i will post directions tomorrow...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT-WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE PARTY...$1600 of Prized Awarded LIVE Tonight!!!

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!!!! 
JUST A FEW MORE HOURS TO ENTER...
Enter Until 4PM EST


 click invitation to enlarge

The Artistically Speaking Magazine 
Grand Launch Cocktail Party
December 20, 2009 @ 6:30PM EST

Bring a glass of wine and join us
for fun, games, even more great giveaways
and much more...
In a chat format with a party vibe, we will celebrate!!! 
  
Winners of ALL the Giveaways will be announced TONIGHT!
Games will be played!
 The Magazine goes LIVE 1/1/10!!!

Artistically Speaking Talk Radio Show
Call-in Number: (347) 996-5698 
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ONLINE


More people and companies wanted to get in on the fun...
Therefore, we have even more to give away!!

sooooooo....we continue to sing...
The following will be given away 
during the LIVE radio show:

Modello Virtual Workshop, ($150) 


Virtual Workshops with Melanie Royals bring education on cutting edge decorative and faux finishes using Royal Designs Studio stencils and Modello Decorative Masking Patterns right to your home computer screen. Explore a wide variety of decorative and faux finish mediums and techniques with this growing series of informative and high quality Virtual Workshops that allow you to expand your knowledge of decorative finishing without the expense of traveling to our San Diego studio. Our goal is to make our Virtual Workshops parallel an actual classroom experience as closely as possible through prerecorded video lessons, quality written coursework, instructor support, and group interaction. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase all products used at discounted prices and reproduce the samples learned at their own pace.


10 Faux Finisher Magazine Subscriptions ($200)


The Faux Finisher is a magazine written for and by the decorative finishing professional. Published quarterly, The Faux Finisher provides great education and inspiration to the decorative painting community. If you are a faux painter, muralist, trompe l'oeil artist, stencilist, faux-finish instructor or student of the decorative painting arts, this is the magazine for you!

Stencils by Design Custom Stencil ($250)

The winner receives a custom designed one time use stencil masking pattern. Decorative masking patterns are custom adhesive stencil designs cut from vinyl. Your custom stencil design will work on most surfaces. By using a stencil masking pattern an elegant stencil design can be embossed, etched, inlaid and sandblasted with less effort then your conventional stencil.
 
4 AS Gallery Websites ($1000)

4 lucky winners will receive their very own basic gallery website hosted on ArtisticallySpeaking.com. A Gallery Website is a 1-page gallery style webpage with your photos (3),  text and links. Included in this package is a custom banner for your page.



Make sure you enter the Name the AS Mascot Contest below...


To Enter: Please read carefully!!!!
To enter YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT on the daily blog post featuring the giveaway item you want. There will be 1 item featured each day from12/5 thru 12/16. Please comment only once on any of the posts. You may comment at any time throughout the 12 days of Hallapoloosa and beyond until the December 20th at the 4PM (EST).

A random number generator will pick the winner. ALL the winners will be announced on the 12/20/2009 6:30 PM episode of Artistically Speaking with Rebecca E. Parsons Talk Show and on the December 21st blog post.


BEYOND THE LAUNCH GIVEAWAY 4 - Custom Architexture TattooWall


So you thought there were only 

The 12 Days of Artistically Speaking
Grand Launch Hallapoloosa


well....here's the deal
we are having soooo much fun giving things away...
we have added even more wonderful ways to win...
with the

12 Days of Artistically Speaking 
Beyond The Hallapoloosa

we will continue to present extraordinary giveaways each and every day 
until the Sunday the 20th of December



The fantastic loot (valued at approx. $10,000 so far) has been generously donated by talented artists, teachers, vendors and manufacturers. You will not believe the wondrous items they have donated to share with you! 

Today's Giveaway is...drumroll please: 

Custom Architexture TattooWall ($180)

Architexture aims to offer unique, innovative and highly specialized solutions for the Decorative Industry. Tattoowall™ is a patented and certified new technique created for the production of direct and lasting transfers of digital images of elaborate decorations on computer for any surface of any size.  It is not the application of a film or paper, but the direct transfer of color onto a desired surface. An “affresco effect” is derived that does not require any preliminary wall treatment in order to fix the color.  Invented to create murals, Tattoowall™ has been used on a variety of surfaces such as, building plaster, untreated cement and bricks, without size limitations. The versatility of the technique allows for the decoration of highly irregular surfaces with textures of up to 0.2 inches.  Tattoowall™ can also be adapted to suit architectural variations in planes such as domes or corners.

EVEN MORE GREAT NEWS!!!!

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The Artistically Speaking Magazine Grand Launch Cocktail Party
December 20, 2009 @ 6:30PM EST

Bring a glass of wine and join us
for fun, games, even more great giveaways
and much more...
In a chat format with a party vibe, we will celebrate!!! 

Winners of ALL the Giveaways will be announced TONIGHT!
Games will be played!
 The Magazine goes LIVE 1/1/10!!!


Artistically Speaking Talk Radio Show
More people and companies wanted to get in on the fun...

Therefore, we have even more to give away!!

sooooooo....we continue to sing...
these will be given away during the LIVE radio show:

Modello Virtual Workshop, ($150)
Faux Finisher Subscriptions
Stencils by Design Custom Stencil ($250)
4 AS Gallery Websites ($1000)

Make sure you enter the Name the AS Mascot Contest below...


To Enter: Please read carefully!!!!
To enter YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT on the daily blog post featuring the giveaway item you want. There will be 1 item featured each day from12/5 thru 12/16. Please comment only once on any of the posts. You may comment at any time throughout the 12 days of Hallapoloosa and beyond until the December 20th at the 4PM (EST).

A random number generator will pick the winner. ALL the winners will be announced on the 12/20/2009 6:30 PM episode of Artistically Speaking with Rebecca E. Parsons Talk Show and on the December 21st blog post.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Beyond The Hallapoloosa GIVEAWAY 3 - Fauxy Painter Apparel



So you thought there were only 

The 12 Days of Artistically Speaking
Grand Launch Hallapoloosa


well....here's the deal
we are having soooo much fun giving things away...
we have added even more wonderful ways to win...
with the

12 Days of Artistically Speaking 
Beyond The Hallapoloosa

we will continue to present extraordinary giveaways each and every day 
until the Sunday the 20th of December



The fantastic loot (valued at approx. $10,000 so far) has been generously donated by talented artists, teachers, vendors and manufacturers. You will not believe the wondrous items they have donated to share with you! 

Today's Giveaway is...drumroll please:
Fauxy Painter Overalls ($38)
Fauxy Painter Hoody Sweatshirt ($27)

Choice of Long or Short Overalls. We are all over the overall. There is no flap with our strap. The higher front bib is held securely with Fauxy Painter™ metal fixtures on adjustable straps. A contoured back hugs your curves while the sides keep out un-necessary peek shows. The shortall hits just above the knee. The longer overall has the same great boot cut as the jean.

Hooded Sweatshirt. Don’t be left out in the cold. Our heavy blend pullover hooded sweatshirts keep you warm and in style. The air spun yarn, a 50/50 cotton/polyester fleece blend, is pill resistant.

EVEN MORE GREAT NEWS!!!!

 click invitation to enlarge
The Artistically Speaking Magazine Grand Launch Cocktail Party
December 20, 2009 @ 6:30PM EST

Bring a glass of wine and join us
for fun, games, even more great giveaways
and much more...
In a chat format with a party vibe, we will celebrate!!! 

Winners of ALL the Giveaways will be announced!
Games will be played!
 The Magazine goes LIVE 1/1/10!!!


Artistically Speaking Talk Radio Show
More people and companies wanted to get in on the fun...

We have had many other donations since the festivities began
Therefore, we have even more to give away!!

sooooooo....we continue to sing...
these will be given away during the LIVE radio show:

Modello Virtual Workshop, ($150)
Faux Finisher Subscriptions
Stencils by Design Custom Stencil ($250)
4 AS Gallery Websites ($1000)

Make sure you enter the Name the AS Mascot Contest below...


To Enter: Please read carefully!!!!
To enter YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT on the daily blog post featuring the giveaway item you want. There will be 1 item featured each day from12/5 thru 12/16. Please comment only once on any of the posts. You may comment at any time throughout the 12 days of Hallapoloosa and beyond until the December 20th at the 4PM (EST).

A random number generator will pick the winner. ALL the winners will be announced on the 12/20/2009 6:30 PM episode of Artistically Speaking with Rebecca E. Parsons Talk Show and on the December 21st blog post.

Friday, December 18, 2009

BEYOND THE LAUNCH GIVEAWAY 2 - Proceed Glass Bead Texture


So you thought there were only 

The 12 Days of Artistically Speaking
Grand Launch Hallapoloosa


well....here's the deal
we are having soooo much fun giving things away...
we have added even more wonderful ways to win...
with the

12 Days of Artistically Speaking 
Beyond The Hallapoloosa

we will continue to present extraordinary giveaways each and every day 
until the Sunday the 20th of December



The fantastic loot (valued at approx. $10,000 so far) has been generously donated by talented artists, teachers, vendors and manufacturers. You will not believe the wondrous items they have donated to share with you! 

Today's Giveaway is...drumroll please:

1 Gallon of Proceed Rough Glass Bead Texture ($75)



A clear acrylic medium containing glass beads that is used to create accents of jewel-like reflected light Proceed® Rough Glass Bead Texture is supplied in a trowelable consistency, but may be thinned with water if desired. Apply directly over base painted substrates or over Proceed Textures in a single coat. For best results, spread and ‘‘float’’ the beads with a flat trowel to achieve a single layer of beads on the surface. Applying with the edge of the trowel can result in a ‘‘scratched’’ look. The freshly applied film will appear to be cloudy, but clears upon drying. When applied as a single layer of beads, the resulting film will have the maximum clarity and the reflective effects of the beads will be strongest. Thicker films provide a different look and will take on a more ‘‘frost-like’’ appearance. Full cure and water resistance is developed in 2 - 4 weeks. It may be tinted with Proceed Dispersions (transparent pigments are recommended), or Proceed Slow Drying Acrylics and Proceed Metallic Mediums. Download an application PDF. You can buy the Proceed line from dealers around the US.  This info from The Faux Shop.


EVEN MORE GREAT NEWS!!!!

 click invitation to enlarge


The Artistically Speaking Magazine Grand Launch Cocktail Party
December 20, 2009 @ 6:30PM EST

Bring a glass of wine and join us
for fun, games, even more great giveaways
and much more...
In a chat format with a party vibe, we will celebrate!!! 

Winners of ALL the Giveaways will be announced!
Games will be played!
 The Magazine goes LIVE 1/1/10!!!


Artistically Speaking Talk Radio Show
More people and companies wanted to get in on the fun...

We have had many other donations since the festivities began
Therefore, we have even more to give away!!

sooooooo....we continue to sing...
these will be given away during the LIVE radio show:

Modello Virtual Workshop, ($150)
Faux Finisher Subscriptions
Stencils by Design Custom Stencil ($250)
4 AS Gallery Websites ($1000)

Make sure you enter the Name the AS Mascot Contest below...


To Enter: Please read carefully!!!!
To enter YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT on the daily blog post featuring the giveaway item you want. There will be 1 item featured each day from12/5 thru 12/16. Please comment only once on any of the posts. You may comment at any time throughout the 12 days of Hallapoloosa and beyond until the December 20th at the 4PM (EST).

A random number generator will pick the winner. ALL the winners will be announced on the 12/20/2009 6:30 PM episode of Artistically Speaking with Rebecca E. Parsons Talk Show and on the December 21st blog post.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Beyond The Hallapoloosa GIVEAWAYS


So you thought there were only 

The 12 Days of Artistically Speaking
Grand Launch Hallapoloosa


well....here's the deal
we are having soooo much fun giving things away...
we have added even more wonderful ways to win...
with the

12 Days of Artistically Speaking 
Beyond The Hallapoloosa

we will continue to present extraordinary giveaways each and every day 
until the Sunday the 20th of December



The fantastic loot (valued at approx. $10,000 so far) has been generously donated by talented artists, teachers, vendors and manufacturers. You will not believe the wondrous items they have donated to share with you! 

Today's Giveaway is...drumroll please:


Victoria Larsen Medallion Stencil ($140)
16 13/4" Round Single Stencil



Victoria's most elaborate design to date! Raised Plaster French Victorian Medallion is an incredible ceiling or wall treatment that will have your customers gasping at the breathtaking detail! Use it singly as a central medallion where no light fixture is present on a ceiling or use this design repeated around a standard light fixture! What an ornate ceiling medallion it would create using just this one design! A perfect element when used as an architectural addition to the triangular peaks of cathedral ceilings or as a frieze on door fronts.

EVEN MORE GREAT NEWS!!!!

 click invitation to enlarge


The Artistically Speaking Magazine Grand Launch Cocktail Party
December 20, 2009 @ 6:30PM EST


Bring a glass of wine and join us
for fun, games, even more great giveaways
and much more...


In a chat format with a party vibe, we will celebrate!!! 

Winners of ALL the Giveaways will be announced!
Games will be played!
Details about the date the Magazine goes LIVE!!!


Artistically Speaking Talk Radio Show
More people and companies wanted to get in on the fun...


We have had many other donations since the festivities began
Therefore, we have even more to give away!!\


sooooooo....we continue to sing...

Modello Virtual Workshop, ($150 )
Proceed Glass beads ($90)

Faux Finisher Subscriptions
Stencils by Design Custom Stencil ($250)
4 AS Gallery Websites ($1000)
Custom Architexture TattooWall ($180)
Fauxy Painter Overalls ($38)
Fauxy Painter Hoody Sweatshirt ($29)




Make sure you enter the Name the AS Mascot Contest below...


To Enter: Please read carefully!!!!
To enter YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT on the daily blog post featuring the giveaway item you want. There will be 1 item featured each day from12/5 thru 12/16. Please comment only once on any of the posts. You may comment at any time throughout the 12 days of Hallapoloosa and beyond until the December 20th at the 4PM (EST).

A random number generator will pick the winner. ALL the winners will be announced on the 12/20/2009 6:30 PM episode of Artistically Speaking with Rebecca E. Parsons Talk Show and on the December 21st blog post.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Day 12 GIVEAWAY The 12 Days of Artistically Speaking Grand Launch Hallapoloosa


Today is Day 12... of the giveaways for:

On the twelfth day of Christmas
the AS brought to me
an AuraStone Workshop
($695 Cindy Federsen) &

a 6-piece Stencils by Design Sample Pack Set
($300 Todd & Lynn Cranor)


AuraTops I
In this 3 day interactive countertop workshop, each student will make 6 samples that use our proprietary materials, using spe­cial coloring techniques, glass, and natural minerals. You will also learn advanced techniques to replicate those sought after exotic stones and marbles as well as a variety of custom edges.

Cindy Feddersen is the distributor and instructor for Aurastone in the Chicago area. Cindy has been a professional faux finisher for 15 years. Her clients include several doctors, builders, and business professionals in the Fort Myers to Naples area in Florida.

Stencils by Design are one time stencil masking pattern. Call for a custom order or shop our store for sample border stencil sets. Our pre-made stencil sets are available for faux finishing schools and faux finishers looking to enhance their sample boards. If you have a school, store or are giving classes, Please call for special pricing. Todd and Lynn Cranor are the owners of Stencils by Design.

The 12 Days of Artistically Speaking
Grand Launch Hallapoloosa


What better way to kick off this year's holiday season
than with a
Grand Launch Hallapoloosa!


Announcing "The Twelve Days Of Artistically Speaking" decorative painting style! Beginning at midnight (EST)  December 5th and continuing until December 16th at midnight (EST), we will present extraordinary giveaways each and every day.


The fantastic loot (valued at approx. $10,000 so far) has been generously donated by talented artists, teachers, vendors and manufacturers. You will not believe the wondrous items they have donated to share with you!


Each of the next 12 days we will be giving you the details of the generous artisans and companies who are sponsoring the launch celebrations with their generous donations. Please say thank you to them when you order from the. This Grand Launch Hallapoloosa would be nothing without them!


Make sure you enter the Name the AS Mascot Contest below...


To Enter: Please read carefully!!!!
To enter YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT on the daily blog post featuring the giveaway item you want. There will be 1 item featured each day from12/5 thru 12/16. Please comment only once on any of the posts. You may comment at any time throughout the 12 days of Hallapoloosa until the December 16th at the stroke of midnight (EST).

A random number generator will pick the winner. ALL the winners will be announced on the 12/20/2009 6:30 PM episode of Artistically Speaking with Rebecca E. Parsons Talk Show and on the December 21st blog post. And there will be even more great giveaways...see below!!!

EVEN MORE GREAT NEWS!!!!

 click invitation to enlarge


The Artistically Speaking Magazine Grand Launch Cocktail Party
December 20, 2009 @ 6:30PM EST


Bring a glass of wine and join us
for fun, games, even more great giveaways
and much more...


In a chat format with a party vibe, we will celebrate!!! 

Winners of ALL the Giveaways will be announced!
Games will be played!
Details about the date the Magazine goes LIVE!!!


Artistically Speaking Talk Radio Show
More people and companies wanted to get in on the fun...


We have had many other donations since the festivities began
Therefore, we have even more to give away!!\


sooooooo....we continue to sing...

Modello Virtual Workshop, ($150 )
Proceed Glass beads ($90)

Faux Finisher Subscriptions
Stencils by Design Custom Stencil ($250)
4 AS Gallery Websites ($1000)
Custom Architexture TattooWall ($180)
Fauxy Painter Overalls ($38)
Fauxy Painter Hoody Sweatshirt ($29)

Victoria Larsen Medallion Stencil ($140)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Day 11 GIVEAWAY The 12 Days of Artistically Speaking Grand Launch Hallapoloosa


Today is Day 11... of the giveaways for:

On the eleventh day of Christmas
the AS brought to me


Take A Look Inside Stoney Brook Wallcovering
Stoney Brook utilizes over 25 years of professional faux and decorative painting experience to create this truly one-of-a-kind-wallcovering. Each order is thoroughly inspected to assure we are meeting the highest quality standards you have come to expect. We are focused on creating new colors and styles to stay on the cutting edge of the latest trends.



The Bella Vernici System was developed by a conglomerate of Artists and Concrete Contractors looking to create a system without limitations. Spearheaded by Art Director Rodney Ray, the result originally hit the floor running in 2001 on large-scale residential projects demanding more color integrity and design than concrete applicators dreamed possible.


The 12 Days of Artistically Speaking
Grand Launch Hallapoloosa


What better way to kick off this year's holiday season
than with a
Grand Launch Hallapoloosa!


Announcing "The Twelve Days Of Artistically Speaking" decorative painting style! Beginning at midnight (EST)  December 5th and continuing until December 16th at midnight (EST), we will present extraordinary giveaways each and every day.


The fantastic loot (valued at approx. $10,000 so far) has been generously donated by talented artists, teachers, vendors and manufacturers. You will not believe the wondrous items they have donated to share with you!


Each of the next 12 days we will be giving you the details of the generous artisans and companies who are sponsoring the launch celebrations with their generous donations. Please say thank you to them when you order from the. This Grand Launch Hallapoloosa would be nothing without them!


Make sure you enter the Name the AS Mascot Contest below...


To Enter: Please read carefully!!!!
To enter YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT on the daily blog post featuring the giveaway item you want. There will be 1 item featured each day from12/5 thru 12/16. Please comment only once on any of the posts. You may comment at any time throughout the 12 days of Hallapoloosa until the December 16th at the stroke of midnight (EST).

A random number generator will pick the winner. ALL the winners will be announced on the 12/20/2009 6:30 PM episode of Artistically Speaking with Rebecca E. Parsons Talk Show and on the December 21st blog post. And there will be even more great giveaways...see below!!!

EVEN MORE GREAT NEWS!!!!

 click invitation to enlarge


The Artistically Speaking Magazine Grand Launch Cocktail Party
December 20, 2009 @ 6:30PM EST


Bring a glass of wine and join us
for fun, games, even more great giveaways
and much more...


In a chat format with a party vibe, we will celebrate!!! 

Winners of ALL the Giveaways will be announced!
Games will be played!
Details about the date the Magazine goes LIVE!!!


Artistically Speaking Talk Radio Show
More people and companies wanted to get in on the fun...


We have had many other donations since the festivities began
Therefore, we have even more to give away!!\


sooooooo....we continue to sing...

Modello Virtual Workshop, ($150 )
Proceed Glass beads ($90)

Faux Finisher Subscriptions
Stencils by Design Custom Stencil ($250)
4 AS Gallery Websites ($1000)
Custom Architexture TattooWall ($180)
Fauxy Painter Overalls ($38)
Fauxy Painter Hoody Sweatshirt ($29)

Victoria Larsen Medallion Stencil ($140)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Gift Ideas for the Professional Finisher...

Some of our launch sponsors have deals for you:

Method Finishing is offering you the chance to lock in the $105 quarterly rate of the Professional Subscription Package for LIFE!!!! Quarterly subscription gives the subscriber unlimited access to the 12 most current "Methods".  Each week a new "Method" will be released and the oldest of the subscriber's 12 will fall off.  In addition to the "Methods" received, the subscriber will gain access to the complete Method Resource Library.  It includes free manufacturer produced video content as well as an extensive database categorizing and defining products from all the major manufacturers, an ever growing inspiration and design library and a discount of 30% on archive "Methods."

Art in the Heart of Italy Trip and Tour 
Melanie Royals, Gary Lord, and Alison Wooley invite you to participate in their upcoming Art in the Heart of Italy trip and tour. This is the third trip in a series of tours to Italy that includes decorative finishing classes, on-site painting of a historical site, fabulous food, sights, and unforgettable experiences. Download a pdf about the trip.


Modello Virtual Workshop Gift Certificates
New Workshops in the works for 2010 in addition to Foilin Around and Stencil Impressions include:
Patterned Mirror and Glass, Marquetry Effects for Wood, Walls, and More, and SkimStone Surfaces (concrete resurfacer). Save the time and expense of traveling to San Diego while still enjoying the expertise, personality, and innovative finishes that Melanie brings to her popular classes. These exclusive workshops allow you to participate through your computer web browser and are designed to parallel an actual classroom experience as much as possible. They include:
  •  Recorded Video Lessons that you are free to view or review at any time, according to your own schedule.
  •  A one-time, live on-line meeting with Melanie Royals and your fellow "classmates" where each technique and finish is reviewed in detail, followed by a Q&A session. This meeting is also recorded for later viewing.
  • Detailed, illustrated step-by-step instructions for each finish.
  • A private Message Board site for follow up questions and discussion.
  • Special pricing on all patterns and products used in the workshop (up to 50% off) so you can replicate the finishes on your own time. 


Pierre Finkelstein and Carolina d'Ayala Valva
Woodgraining and Grotesca Workshop
March 11th-17th, 2010
Location: Durham, CT
For more info:
www.creativeevolution.net
or call (860)334-5504

SPECIAL! $1,400 until December 20, 2009
$1,560 for 6 days (regular price)
FREE! $215 of brushes with 6-day commitment

We invite you to a ground-breaking event at the Creative Evolution studio in Durham, CT. Join Pierre Finkelstein and Italian author, Carolina d'Ayala Valva for a week long event in decorative painting. Students will immerse themselves into two fabulous, 3-day classes geared to take your portfolio to the next level. As Pierre says, "It's the decorative specialist who stays busy in rough times." Students will create panels that sell themselves along with the skill to back it up. Carolina d'Ayala Valva will take today's decorative painter back in time with her individual Grotesca style. Pierre Finkelstein will condense his decades of woodgraining experience to help you sell his most popular and profitable decorative finish. Beyond the two, 3- day classes with Pierre and Carolina, we've scheduled 3 BONUS "cocktail hour" evenings with business lectures, slide shows, and open talk.

*price is $850 for each individual class.. Brush offer only applies to 6-day commitment.

Day 10 GIVEAWAY The 12 Days of Artistically Speaking Grand Launch Hallapoloosa


Today is Day 10... of the giveaways for:

On the tenth day of Christmas
the AS brought to me

Gary Lord's Mural Painting Secrets For Success Mural Painting Secrets
For Success: Expert Advice For Hobbyists And Pros
Mural Painting Secrets for Success will give readers the tools they need to paint fantastic murals following the latest trends, including holographic metallics, 3-D effect paints and stained concrete. In addition to the 23 step-by-step demonstrations, a gallery of more than 20 inspirational photos will serve as idea-starters for readers and their clients. Ambitious readers will be able to follow the authors expert advice on running a successful mural painting business including how to network and market, negotiate contracts and pricing and work effectively with clients. Contributing artists have offered their own advice and testimonials as additional inspiration.

Gary Lord is recognized as an international artist, teacher, author and television personality. From 2002-2006 Gary's work has won a total of seven National 1st Place Awards for Best Faux Finisher of the Year by the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America and by the American Painting Contractor. He also was named to the top spot by American Painting Contractor for Who's Who in Decorative Painting in America. Gary has been teaching his award winning finishes for over 20 years to thousands of students nationally and internationally. He believes by operating his own decorative painting business, Gary Lord Wall Options and Associates Inc., he can better share the real "tricks of the trade" and practical business knowledge he has gained in over 32 years with the students Gary and Christopher Lowellin each class. Gary is best known for his classes to be fun and energetic but taught in a kind and sharing manner.





The 12 Days of Artistically Speaking
Grand Launch Hallapoloosa


What better way to kick off this year's holiday season
than with a
Grand Launch Hallapoloosa!


Announcing "The Twelve Days Of Artistically Speaking" decorative painting style! Beginning at midnight (EST)  December 5th and continuing until December 16th at midnight (EST), we will present extraordinary giveaways each and every day.


The fantastic loot (valued at approx. $10,000 so far) has been generously donated by talented artists, teachers, vendors and manufacturers. You will not believe the wondrous items they have donated to share with you!


Each of the next 12 days we will be giving you the details of the generous artisans and companies who are sponsoring the launch celebrations with their generous donations. Please say thank you to them when you order from the. This Grand Launch Hallapoloosa would be nothing without them!


Make sure you enter the Name the AS Mascot Contest below...


To Enter: Please read carefully!!!!
To enter YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT on the daily blog post featuring the giveaway item you want. There will be 1 item featured each day from12/5 thru 12/16. Please comment only once on any of the posts. You may comment at any time throughout the 12 days of Hallapoloosa until the December 16th at the stroke of midnight (EST).

A random number generator will pick the winner. ALL the winners will be announced on the 12/20/2009 6:30 PM episode of Artistically Speaking with Rebecca E. Parsons Talk Show and on the December 21st blog post. And there will be even more great giveaways...see below!!!

EVEN MORE GREAT NEWS!!!!

 click invitation to enlarge


The Artistically Speaking Magazine Grand Launch Cocktail Party
December 20, 2009 @ 6:30PM EST


Bring a glass of wine and join us
for fun, games, even more great giveaways
and much more...


In a chat format with a party vibe, we will celebrate!!! 

Winners of ALL the Giveaways will be announced!
Games will be played!
Details about the date the Magazine goes LIVE!!!


Artistically Speaking Talk Radio Show
More people and companies wanted to get in on the fun...


We have had many other donations since the festivities began
Therefore, we have even more to give away!!\


sooooooo....we continue to sing...

Modello Virtual Workshop, ($150 )
Proceed Glass beads ($90)

Faux Finisher Subscriptions
Stencils by Design Custom Stencil ($250)
4 AS Gallery Websites ($1000)
Custom Architexture TattooWall ($180)
Fauxy Painter Overalls ($38)
Fauxy Painter Hoody Sweatshirt ($29)

Victoria Larsen Medallion Stencil ($140)
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