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Backyard Patio Sports Acid Stained Vines

Beautify your backyard concrete patio with versatile concrete acid stains.A concrete contractor working with acid stain enjoys the challenge of layering colors when there is only one shot at the job and a limited color palette. Learn how to achieve more color variations than clients expect.

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.

Step-By-Step Lesson to Drawing a Compass Rose

Ever since I began writing Design Theory, I've anxiously awaited medallions. Ever since I began writing Design Theory, I’ve anxiously awaited medallions. The first one I ever did was exciting and a definite “aha” moment because it changed the direction of my career. At the time, I had just started out working for the company I now own. Back then, all we engraved were 2-foot tile and brick patterns.

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 specific 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.

Concrete Decor Show Pro Bono Endeavors Brighten Stay for Families of the Ailing

heart lithomosiac on concrete floor with swirl designAt the seventh annual Concrete Decor Show in San Diego, California, world-class instructors and eager students from around the globe joined their talents and enthusiasm to breathe new life into the outdoor surroundings of the Bannister Family House, which provides a home-like environment for people with family members in long-term at the nearby hospital.

What's New in Decorative Concrete

Cindee Lundin works on her artistry in concrete entry at World of ConcreteIf you missed this year's World of Concrete in Las Vegas, let me bring you up to date on what is happening in the decorative concrete industry. The decorative all-stars were out in full force and they certainly delivered and the decorative concrete information highway ran straight through Las Vegas this year.

New Sculpture Adds Stealth to Art Center in Atlanta

red truck with construction The new 33-foot-high sculpture in Atlanta, Georgia's Midtown Arts Center looks like a metal monolith with sharp edges and stunning curves, but it's not.

Arizona-based Artist Offers Colorful Concrete Clocks

Concrete clocks that have decorative elements included.If you’re looking to outfit your house from top to bottom in concrete — floors, walls, kitchen and/or furniture — what better way to top it off than with a concrete clock?

The Comedy Carpet in England Uses Concrete To Pay Homage to Humor

Graphic artist who created The Comedy Carpet poses with his final piece.I would bet that when you think about concrete, humor is not the first word that comes to mind. Then again, you aren’t Gordon Young.

How to Create Unity when Using Multiple Colors on Concrete

colorful concrete compass roseStanding alone, a color is amoral — entirely relative to what surrounds it. This extends not only to the colored border around your design, but also to the walls and ceilings in your peripheral vision when you glance at the floor.

Decorative Concrete Tip: Make Your Concrete Work Stand Out

Concrete design with a one-of-a-kind look makes your work stand out.To make your concrete more distinctive, learn to think out of the box. The trick is to make your work unique and true to you. Put a signature on it.

Joints: Control Your Concrete Cracks

After determining how far apart you should place the concrete control joints, how deep should you cut them? Well, that all depends on whom you ask.Tips for mastering the art of joint placement in a concrete slab.

Indoor Waterfalls Add Unique Look to Any Space

Putting the finishing touches on this outdoor concrete waterfall.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.

How Spirit Stone Merged Concrete and Art

spirit stone leaf pendantsFor a man who’s been into concrete as far back as he can remember, the business has changed a lot since he ran Carl Concrete Construction in Greensboro, North Carolina. Now co-owner of Spirit Stone, Bill Carl has moved away from the traditional uses of concrete to its more artistic side.

Stylish Concrete Artisan Takes Industry By Storm with Unique Personality

A concrete countertop that has been designed with a small crack to be filled with river stones.A closer look at one of the country’s most stylish countertop fabricators - and one of the industry’s most charismatic characters.

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.

Faux Finished Illusions on Concrete

Faux finished concrete creates an illusion of multiple dimensionsBob Harris is probably best known as founder and president of the Decorative Concrete Institute. But one of his side passions is faux finishing.

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.

Using Stencils to Expand Artistry in Decorative Concrete

Applying a stencil to a floor creating an artistic look when artistic talent is lacking.Because their artistry is computer-generated, stencils empower every contractor to create stunning works of art regardless of artistic talent. It is amazingly simple to produce logos, images, and artistic effects with exact detail and concrete industry has an arsenal of magnificent images ready to order.

Cemrock: Globetrotting Decorative Concrete Powerhouse

When Olson bought Cemrock, it was pulling in about $1.2 million a year doing exclusively zoo and aquarium habitats, which served as a great foundation to build from.You might think that rappelling from cliffs, learning about orangutan habitats and studying the prehistoric skeleton of a triceratops are activities without much relevance to decorative concrete.

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