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Transformed Museum Courtyard Using Forms and Concrete Stains

Attendees trowel the formed stems of this large aloe vera courtyard.Bob Harris of the Decorative Concrete Institute was asked about his experience training and working at the Children's Museum of Phoenix as part of the Concrete Decor Show & Decorative Concrete Spring Training.

Acid Alternatives: Water-based Stains That Promise a Faux Acid Stain Look

Reflector enhancer by Elite Crete in two colors and installed in a gymToday’s contractors who love the look of acid stains but loathe the labor and time required to get the job done have more ways than ever before to bypass the troublesome application using safer-for-all water routes.

Nebraska's own Todd Rose Decorative Concrete Inc.

A bridge spanning a highway that has had the concrete stainedOnly a couple of years old, this upstart is already attracting attention to its colorful work in the Cornhusker State.

L. M. Scofield Co.'s 2014 Decorative Concrete Awards

turtle stained into concreteThe sixth annual Decorative Concrete Awards were announced recently by sponsor L. M. Scofield Co. The contest honors contractors and designers who use Scofield decorative concrete materials.

This year, for the first time, the contest was divided into six categories.

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.

Secrets of Better Concrete Stenciling

finished product of stenciled concreteTo enhance newly-poured concrete or to rejuvenate existing concrete, stenciling is a decorative application worth considering. It may seem like a simple process, but a few fine points separate nice-looking, profitable stencil jobs from the rest. We’ve asked some experienced stencilers for tips to elevate your stenciling jobs from so-so to spectacular.

Tsunami-inspired concrete art

Empowering Children a piece of concrete art created by Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor at the World of Concrete 2005Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor, hoping to inspire others to lend a helping hand to tsunami victims, created this concrete composition that shows the power and determination of children everywhere.

Finding the Sweet Spot Among Acrylic Sealers and Acrylic Urethanes

Retailers, restaurants, shopping centers and entertainment venues can lose significant revenue if their facilities or walkways need to be shut down and revamped. Contractors have relied on acrylic sealers for decades to protect concrete flooring systems, and for good reason. In the right conditions, these sealers offer optimal durability, stain resistance and a desirable “wet look” finish. However, they have their limitations too and aren’t always the ideal option for high-traffic areas and environments with extreme hazards.

Freeman Justice Center Historical Mural

Arizona Polymer Flooring's two-component Polyurethane 250 as a primer.Even a tropical storm couldn’t stop these master craftsmen from lending their artistic touch to the entryway of a new courthouse.

Tips on Coloring Polished Concrete

Test slab of concrete with different dyes..Learn about the four ways to add color to slabs that are intended for polishing: Integral Color, Dry Shake Hardener, Acid Stain and Dyes

How Reflected Light Affects the Color of Sealed or Polished Surfaces

Light reflects off surfaces, and what an object looks like depends upon the material's surface characteristics.Light reflects off surfaces, and what an object looks like depends upon the material's surface characteristics. Some of the light is reflected, some is scattered and the rest is absorbed, so we see different things depending upon how much light is reflected from the surface and how much is scattered. The color depends upon what is absorbed.

Swordfish Stampable Overlay Design Recipe

Swordfish image stamped and colored into a concrete overlay.This top-to-bottom (well, really bottom-to-top) overlay recipe is great for putting down a distinctive design, such as this swordfish.

Conference Attendees Build a Concrete Alamo to Remember

A look at the final conference project that the attendees createdConference attendees got a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate one on one with concrete artist and build the concrete version of the Alamo they would never forget.

Designing Concrete That Is Maintenance Free

An outdoor courtyard had been stained with a topographical map of the world.Maintenance is something that torments most decorative concrete contractors, unless, that is, there is a significant maintenance profit center to their business. In the case of The Concretist, there is not.

Dyed Concrete Floor Celebrates Earth Day

They used a 32-inch Diamatic 780 Ultra concrete grinder with diamond bonds ranging from soft to medium hard, then finished up with grit resins from 50 to 800.There was plenty of flooring to do before Alfalfa’s Market, a new natural foods store, could open on Earth Day in a former Whole Foods space in Boulder, Colo.

Gil Santistevan, a Master in Crafting Decorative Concrete

Stamping integrally colored concrete driveway apron.It’s more dainty, more elegant, like between silk and cloth with hard-eners. The grays and browns last forever. He also likes to sprinkle color on top of the concrete with a brush to create freckles, just like real stones offer.

UV-stable Concrete Dye Brings Coloring Technique to 21st Century

Pink and yellow concrete dye was created to emphasize the flower in the middle of this floor.Traditionally, dyes weren't UV-stable and, therefore, could only be used on interior applications. No longer.

SS DYE-namic from The Stamp Store helps bring dyes into the 21st century.

A Fantastic Concrete Play Bridge in Winnipeg

Play bridge over faux water in a playground for kids.Randall Klassen, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, sent us these photos of a monolithically poured concrete "bridge" over concrete "water" he constructed for Seven Oaks School Division, in northwest Winnipeg.

Brickform Redevelops Pro-Dye as a Liquid Formula

With the older-generation, powdered Pro-Dye, contractors have to wait for as long as three hours for it to dissolve after it is mixed with acetone. Now the wait is over.After listening to suggestions from contractors and distributors, Brickform, a division of Solomon Colors Inc., has redeveloped its popular Pro-Dye as a liquid formula.

Technology Park in Alabama Turns to Polishable Overlays

Polishing 52,000 square feet of floor is never an easy task, but some jobs can be more demanding than others.Polishing 52,000 square feet of floor is never an easy task, but some jobs can be more demanding than others. This was one of them. It took contractor Darryl White and a crew of five 11 weeks to prep, polish and finesse the artwork for the floors of Alabama Robotics Technology Park.

Professor Prefers Water-Based Stains for Concrete Public Art

Southern Arkansas University art professor prefers water-based stains when creating public murals on concrete.Southern Arkansas University art professor prefers water-based stains when creating public murals on concrete.

11 Proven Concrete Color Recipes

11 ways to color your concrete, step by step how-tosStep-by-step instructions and useful tips from people in the industry who have experimented enough to know what works.

Things to Remember When Designing Decorative Concrete

A floor that as been stained and stenciled with a bird sitting on ribbons of darker stained concrete.Designing decorative concrete is no different from any other process that has endless options. The first step is to ask the questions that define the project and guide the design.

A Concrete Go-cart Track at Legoland

Decorative concrete go-cart track at LegolandThe go-cart track at the Legoland Discovery Center was another challenging, yet fun, job for Chris Post of Elite Concrete Solutions LLC. The roadway hash marks required him to make a 2-by-4 jig to lay them in an evenly spaced manner all the way around the track.

When Hand Brushing Borders on Concrete, Don't Stop at Intersections

3-D tile design by Rick Lobdell.Many of us are tackling more intricate designs, such as 3-D tile patterns with multiple borders. With patterns like that, there’s no concrete (pardon the pun) stopping point for hand brushing. Expansion joints help create stopping points but outside of that how can we brush large designs without the glaring brush marks?

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