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The Importance of Contrast in Sensory Concrete

Imagine that shaft of light, through clear glass, so thick that the white light is turned to blue. Just like being in an ice cave.Evil allows you to appreciate good. The occasional really bad customer makes you appreciate all the more the even more occasional really good customer. Night makes you appreciate the day. Cool makes you appreciate warm.

Concrete Bowls Provide Birds With Water

Striped red and white concrete bowl in nature.Deborah Brackenbury is no stranger to art — she’s been a photographer since the 1980s. But after a search for the perfect birdbath fell short, she made herself into a concrete artisan.

Modern Mosaic Artwork Livens San Diego's Landscape

“It was back-breaking work,” says the owner of Brailsford Public Art in San Diego about placing colored aggregate piece by piece into wet concrete on a job site. She was working with Shaw & Sons’ Lithocrete system which incorporates a means to create a scattered aggregate pattern on a concrete surface.

A New Endeavor - Caribou Art

Exterior wall with Caribou Art placed on it by Tamryn DoolanTamryn Doolan, owner of Surface Gel Tek, has long been in the business of turning simple concrete surfaces into striking works of art. Continuing in that tradition, Doolan’s new endeavor, Caribou Art Studios, brings her talents to a whole new venue — exterior walls.

Concrete Table Tops Talk at Pasadena Showcase

The 16-by-5-foot table -- commissioned by Terry Morrill of Pacific Outdoor Living, a landscape design-build company in Sun Valley -- serves as the centerpiece of a space that garnered national honors.A real conversation starter, the concrete table designed and cast by Dominic Boinich of 5 Feet from the Moon kept the table talk flowing freely at the unveiling of the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design in California.

Nashville Nightclub Receives Decorative Coating Makeover

Overlay floor in blues and maroon in Nashville, Tenn.The historical structure that now houses the Nashville Dinner Theatre has always attracted attention. During Prohibition times, people slyly used a tunnel in the building to transport alcohol to area nightclubs. Today, it attracts crowds for its dinner shows and performances by local vocalists.

How to Use the Cartesian Coordinates to Plot Points for Designs

Medallions Part 3: Courting the Cartesian CoordinatesOne of the most influential theories of math is called the Cartesian coordinates. The adjective, Cartesian, refers to the French mathematician and philosopher René Descartes who published this idea in 1637. Cartesian coordinates are the foundation of analytic geometry.

Superior Concrete Stenciling Techniques

A look at this stencil up close with circles and dots.From rugs to logos: Several examples of one of decorative concrete’s most proven, versatile treatments.

Enhancing the Beauty in Concrete Blemishes with Polished Concrete

Geometric engraved and polished concrete pattern with gradient coloring.Based in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, this father-and-son-led company takes on elaborate polished concrete surfaces as a labor of love.

Concrete and Glass Mosaic Map of Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Placing of glass pieces into concrete to create mapIn 2005, Mesolini Glass Studio was commissioned by the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island to create a concrete-and-glass mosaic map of the island to be placed at the new Rotary Gateway Park.

Concrete That Slithers

Concrete snake as a walkway to keep the weeds down.This striking concrete garden path was inspired by the Brazilian jungles — the habitat of the world’s largest snake, as well as a place where concrete is the only hope of keeping weeds at bay.

A Striking Contrast Can Complement A Concrete Job

Waving carved concrete handrails that look similar to bone.Beginning painters get so excited by the smorgasbord of shapes, colors and textures they have been learning that they often try to put every trick they know into each of their paintings. This leads to a hodge-podge with no focus.

Magical Decorative Concrete Castle

A concrete man coming out of a concrete storm drain.Step inside Bart Sacco's gated castle and you'll begin to discover just how magical a decorative concrete journey can become with some creative thinking, excellent product training and all the right tools.

Indoor Waterfalls Add Unique Look to Any Space

Weeping walls are a water feature in which the water trickles down the side of a wall, a piece of glass or a similar surface. They can be built inside or outside, but they are becoming more popular in residential homes.

Recipe: ​​​​​​​Metallic Without Mud

Decorative concrete enthusiasts have their favorite recipes, just like chefs do, and if you ask, they'll share their secrets with you. Concrete Decor did just that recently with several contractors and manufacturers. Here are some of their field-tested favorites.Each layer will soften the contrast between the lights and darks as the metallic surface becomes stronger. This enables the metallic to be clean and crisp without being muddied by other pigments. 

Quick Draw Design & Layout Tool for Concrete

Using the quick draw design tool for creating decorative concrete design.Artists can use Quick Draw to create large and highly detailed designs comfortably from a standing position. For detailed drawing, the chalk-holder piece of the assembly, called simply Quick Draw, can be removed and used alone.

3 Tips for Selecting the Right Molding Compound

The hardness of the rubber compound is what will determine whether the product is right for your project or not. Rubber's hardness is measured in durometers.There are many molding compounds available, so it’s important to get one that’s appropriate for the application at hand.

Owner Creates A Precast Concrete Smoking Room In His Yard

Perhaps it was a throwback to his old “smoking in the boy’s room” days but a homeowner in Zurich, Switzerland, yearned to have his own private smoking pavilion in his backyard. Instead of a crowded room filled with rule-breaking teenagers, he wanted a quiet, relaxing place where he could sit back and smoke while admiring a newly sculpted garden, a lake and mountains without bothering anyone else in the household.

Mesmerizing Concrete Entryway Plaza at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

The new Exploration Center at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Santa Cruz, Calif., invites visitors to interact with exhibits that explore issues impacting the marine ecosystem. The new Exploration Center at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Santa Cruz, Calif., invites visitors to interact with exhibits that explore issues impacting the marine ecosystem.

the concretist: Lead Bricks and Black Holes: Weight and Scale

The infusion of metal into cement differentiates my work from what is commonly expected from concrete, both visually and structurally. Not only does the concrete take on most of the characteristics of the specifi c metal used, it can also increase its compressive and tensile strengths.We ate. We drank. We told the truth and lied, and then admitted that we had lied. We laughed. We talked business. We talked wives. We talked ex-wives. We cried, but just a little.

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