Why did I go to Chicago? I wanted to attend an open house celebrating Kathy Carroll’s 20th year in business at the Chicago Fine Finishes Institute.
I wanted to hob nobble with fellow artisans. The decorative finishing industry has quite a network of finishers that communicate on a multitude of talk forums. Its not uncommon to chat or email with a finisher from afar, never having met them in person. Events like this often brings you face to face with people you ‘know’ but have never met.
I wanted to see new finishes, new techniques – its a great way for an artist to get recharged. And I wanted to see what new products and tools were being featured. Kathy is a great source for my professional decorative finishing products and tools that I purchase – she carries, or can order, just about any product I desire. In addition, I love the next day delivery to Detroit!
I got to play with Crescent Bronze Chromatone paints. WHOA!!! I must admit, I have been a Modern Masters fan for a number of years when it comes to metallic paint preference. I think I may have found a new favorite. The Chromatone is a line of pre-mixed water based metallic paints and come in 10 colors. I loved them. Every color I demo’d, over a white board, covered in one coat. Very nice….. for more info you can contact Doris Westbrook .
Bella Cera Wax– I’d seen this product in photos and had heard great things about it, but never saw it in action. I really liked it- Jenna and Laurie were helpful explaining the product and then let us play ourselves. Neat stuff – can mix anything into it. I’ve actually communicated with Laurie a number of times, she owns Artistic Touches and offered to help at the open house, so it was nice finally meeting her in person!
Bella Sabbia – another cool product –
Putting faces to names – Eric and Brenda Deeter – they own Morningstar Faux and Decorative Finish Studio in Kansas –
Nice Golden Glass Beads Wall Finish-
Patinated mirror on display-
I did bring home the Organica – YUMMY!!!
Nice display of antique patinated mirrors- I brought home the kit to start creating these as well!
Kathy receiving a lovely bouquet of roses-
Learning about new products-
A few more faces to names-