Large graphic leaves fall together to create an earthy scene. Unique for a kitchen, this floor mat is located in a house nestled in the woods where rich golds, browns and greens thrive. No need for a rake here, just stand among the leaves and enjoy their comforting warmth.
Most of the designs in my digitally printed collection which appear on my website, started out as hand painted mats. The below Rose mat is a perfect example. This mat was recently ordered under the large category. The design was created 10 years ago and was one of my first hand painted mats. It translates beautifully digitally. Old school technique meets new school technology.
I only attend two home shows a year, Spring and Fall, and they are both located in Santa Rosa, California at the Sonoma County Fairground. The show starts this Friday the 15th around noon and ends Sunday the 17th at 6:00 pm. This is really the only time I meet and greet people publicly and discuss floor mats. So stop by my booth and say “hi”. There will be over 400 other booths with all types professionals from landscapers to roofers. It’s a great opportunity to get anwsers on all your home improvement questions. To learn more about the Home & Garden Show visit http://www.scshows.com.
In my last blog, I wrote about being commissioned to transfer a scatter-print dutch flower design that was on a plate and create it on a floor mat. Below is the finished product. Creating a stencil of the flower worked perfectly – for all 242 flowers. The client was pleased and so am I. It just goes to show that any design, whether it be on a plate, fabric, wallpaper, etc., can transfer to create an incredible floor mat.
New year, new project. Often when I meet with a client they have no idea about their mat’s design, but sometimes they do. This client would like me to transfer the concept of the dutch artwork from a plate to a 66″ x 60″ floor mat. I love these challenges. In this case, the task is fairly easy – create a stencil of the flower and apply in a scatter print pattern. Below is the plate and my computer sketch. The computer sketch does not show the colors very accurately but paint will be chosen to match the plate directly. Next… paint.
I stepped into the new year on a New Year’s floor mat I created especially as a dance floor for a black and white themed New Year’s Eve party I was hosting. Armed with just black Sharpie pens and my imagination I drew this festive doodle. I started by creating shoes (also below) which then inspired the mat. I was having so much fun I wondered what else I could draw on… a plate… a wall… a hat… it was hard to stop. I now have a whole new appreciation for the graffiti artist.
I do two home shows a year, both in Santa Rosa at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Come by this weekend and say hi. It’s an unique experience to be able to talk one-on-one with hundreds of home improvement vendors. For more information log onto www.scshows.com.
My current client wanted to match a table place mat she liked both with similar colors and style. The solution was creating a pattern using a custom cut stencil. Dry brushing paint with a stencil can add visual texture to a solid area. The effect is easy and relatively fast considering the hundreds of squares that needed to be painted. Turning up the music also helps.
Finally the revisited strawberry mats have been finished and delivered. As you may remember from my last blog I was hired to create new strawberry mats to replace a strawberry mat I designed 8 years ago. They loved the colors and theme but were ready for something different. Instead of one large mat the mat was broken into two smaller mats covering the same basic area. Another mat was added for the laundry room. The outcome, a playful, welcoming, colorful floor display.