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Gray Scheme Dominant Choice for Decorative Concrete

Gray seems to be dominating current color schemes for everything. As I'm not a fan, I hope this trend ends soon. Forcing me to work in gray almost makes me turn down jobs. But work is better than being idle so if gray is your prospect's preferred hue, here are a couple of important points to think about when talking to clients. Gray seems to be dominating current color schemes for everything. As I’m not a fan, I hope this trend ends soon. Forcing me to work in gray almost makes me turn down jobs. But work is better than being idle so if gray is your prospect’s preferred hue, here are a couple of important points to think about when talking to clients.

Creativity with Concrete Pushes One Contractor Far Outside the Norm

Sawatzky's Imagination CorporationDan Sawatzky’s background doesn’t immediately lend itself to him becoming a premier concrete artisan, but his creativity with concrete has led him to work that is far outside of the norm. Sawatzky’s Imagination Corporation is a backyard business run by father and son.

Concrete, Wine and Fiber Optics, The Perfect Mix

Outdoor bartop inlayed with wine bottles and fiber optics.Catering to his client’s passion for fine wine, Scott Cohen, owner of The Green Scene in Canoga Park, Calif., crafted this striking outdoor serving counter, which incorporates more than 200 recycled wine bottles.

Build Up Your Concrete Portfolio with A Fleur-de-Lis

fleur-de-lis is a great next step in building that portfolio. There are so many variations to this image that it's hard to get bored doing them.A concrete contractor diversifies his portfolio by adding numerous medallion designs, including fleur-de-lis, by learning the basics of patterns.

Decorative Concrete Techniques: Stencils and Acid Etching

Close up view of stencil application with Profiler from Surface Gel TekA surface-preparation product called The Profiler from Surface Gel Tek can be used to create an etched effect with stencils. In these photos, Dane Hantz of Dane Concrete Design in Prescott, Arizona, demonstrates the technique. The surface was a steel-troweled concrete floor in a home. Hantz wanted to create a 60-linear-foot border around the room.

New Concrete Jewelry Line Features Diamonds in the Dust

Concrete and metal bracelets.Inspired from architecture and sculptures, Karen Konzuk has a modern-day approach to her designs. Though initially her main focus was sculpture, Konzuk accidentally took a jewelry course at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and loved it.

Outdoor Patio Complete With Stained Hummingbird, Flower and Vine Design

Outdoor patio with hummingbird stained and engraved on it.Rick Lobdell of Concrete Mystique Engraving in Nashville, Tennessee, is an artist, not a decorative concrete contractor. Still, in his career he has become known as a guy who can take concrete and turn it into an artistic canvas. He did just that for the Perkins home in Franklin, Tennessee.

IDAL partners with Concrete Decor Show to present diverse educational offerings

Two women watching a man paint on an easel.Members of the International Decorative Artisans League (IDAL) will soon be traveling from across North America and from several countries around the globe to attend their annual national conference in San Diego, California.

How To Determine The Layout For An Individual Tile Pattern

drawing a basic design in a large roomI feel the industry has created a very busy design world. Many times I think people do too much design and they need to simplify things. Many interior designers want simple stain-and-seal floors because they want to focus on the furniture, lights and wall decor.

Rock Tapestries in Mexico Feature Precast Concrete Pebbles

Rocks laid out in a pattern that has geometric design.These beautiful mosaics were made with precast concrete pebbles as well as beach rocks. They’re the work of Jay Manning and Concreations Inc., Bigfoot, Mont.

Designing Scrolling Art for a Sprawling Concrete Patio

Scrolling Through a PatioFor the first time in this series, I’m basing my article on a current job I just finished. In the last one, I introduced scrollwork as a design element. I was still focused on symmetry and using scrollwork as a larger medallion in a room.

Bubbles, Balloons and Broken Glass: Concrete Ideas from Outside the Box

A floor in whole foods where a balloon of pigment was dropped on a floor to get the desired affect.Mike Miller explores examples of the concept of sensory concrete, which gives the material a voice. Sometimes the material is the concrete itself, and sometimes it's the material or the process influencing the concrete.

Concrete Contractor Installs Wall-to-Wall Penny Floor

A floor covered in pennies and then sealed with epoxy.After installing a stamped and colored concrete driveway in Minnesota, Concrete Science was approached by his client’s neighbor and complimented on a job well done. As luck would have it, during the conversation the man asked if Villella did epoxy work. He said yes and the talk turned to something the man had always wanted: a wall-to-wall penny floor.

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.

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.

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.

Concrete Inspired Art by Carole Vincent

Carole Vincent sculpted a piece of concrete into an artistic expression for a garden. Round bottomed piece with two people rising from the outside.Carole Vincent lives in Cornwall, England, in a house overlooking the sea. Her father was a concrete contractor and she grew up around the trade, originally working with concrete as a building material and then turning to more artistic uses for her favorite medium.

Artistry in Decorative Concrete Demos at the 2013 World of Concrete

Layered blue, white and black slab with stencils and concrete stains.Images from the Artistry in Concrete demos at World of Concrete 2013. Many of these artisans also were many of the trainers at the 2013 Concrete Decor Show in Charlotte.

Art Professors Talk Color Perception and Texture in Concrete and More

Different background colors can affect the way you perceive color.Concrete Decor asked a trio of art instructors from Southern Arkansas University to share their perspectives on concrete, color and texture.

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.

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