When I woke today I had no idea that THIS would be the day. The day when the stenciling commenced!


Ye Gods!!!!!!!! An actual stencil! EEEEEEEEEEK!






Then, I replaced the stencil over the bottom medallion, and went over the lower portion with the silver. Then I went over the lower portion of the silver medallion with copper (not evident in the image, but evident in person).


I am using metallic paints, so when you walk through the room the stencils shimmer against the flat walls. The darker colors also change color as you walk through the room as they refract light differently. This is really gorgeous in person.

After doing three, I stopped. I am T H R I L L E D with the result but it all needs adjusting:

  • The medallions are more intense than I intended. I am going to go over them with the wall color mixed with a clear glazing. This will make them look a bit faded.
  • The colors are copper, dark gold, and silver. However, the copper and gold look too much alike. So, I have ordered a brilliant gold.
  • It occurred to me that an occasional medallion needs to be blue! So, I ordered blue today.

The medallions will be scattered randomly across the walls. Some will “vanish” under trim and base.

I did not realize till looking at the images that one medallion is “upside-down”. And do I care? No! So, I will do the occasional one as such.


All this work today was done with breathless calls to my friend Patrica in New Jersey. I call her PK, and we have known each other since the mid-1980s. PK is a brilliant artist and is better at art painting walls than anybody I have ever met. She has been advising me during the whole process of stenciling.

“Buy this!”

“No, your choice won’t look right. Get this instead!”

“That color will be too strong!”

“These are the brushes you need. DON’T GET ANY OTHER BRUSHES!”

“Just use basic blue tape to hold the stencil to the wall!”

And so on.

Today, after doing the three medallions, I sent images to PK. She responded immediately. As I sat on chair, PK and I went back/forth on the phone. She suggested going over some of the medallions with a different color to add richness (see last image). She insisted I needed a brilliant gold. She LOVED the idea of the occasional blue medallion. She explained how to “fade” the medallions while not losing their shimmering quality.

I told PK that I had a desperate desire to jump in the car, drive really fast to New Jersey, pick her up, and drive really fast to Kansas so we could be doing this together. “So, get your bags packed! I’ll be right over!”


I have to, sigh, press pause while I await the new materials but in the interim it will be fun wandering into the parlor and admiring the three pretty medallions. At last! At last!


Oh, wanna meet PK?

This is just a tiny sampling of her work. Everything you see is hand done. I also have to laugh because what I am doing pales in comparison to PK’s brilliance.


Just stunning.


PK did an underwater mural for a client…


…which takes my breath away.


This is what I call “serious” PK as it is a repeating pattern but note how PK faded the pattern in and out.


Just wow.


This ceiling just blows me away.


OMG! OMG! OMG!!!!!!!!


Soooooooooooooo exquisite.


PK has a website. Enjoy!





  1. Barb Sanford on April 27, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Wow. Those stencils are FABULOUS! Can’t wait to see the finished version.

    And PK’s work is just a revelation to me. I’m now dreaming of a fancy ceiling in my kitchen, just to see people’s faces when they look up.

  2. Blair Carmichael on April 27, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Before you do anything with the reflections from the metallic paint, wait till nightfall and light the room with candles, or try to simulate gas light. Then evaluate the shiny? ????

    • Ross on April 27, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      I like the shiny!

      What is under evaluation is the intensity of the colors. I am looking for a more “faded” look.

      So, faded…but shiny!

  3. nathan on April 27, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    So incredibly stunning!

  4. Melody on April 27, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Random blue is sounding rather amazing!

  5. Sandra Lee on April 28, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Wow! Stencils will be amazing and the various techniques will be stunning. PK’s work is astonishing!

  6. Colin Boss on April 28, 2017 at 2:35 am

    I love the look of the stencils, and am in complete agreement. Fading the brightness of the copper, silver etc will look much more subtle. Random blue will also add a nice bit of additional colour which I think will play nicely with the stained glass.
    Your friend does incredible work, with fantastic effects.

    Happy stencilling!

  7. JET Texas on April 28, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Holy rusted metal, Batman! That looks amazing. And adding blue randomly will be gorgeous. Now I want to paint something in my house. Maybe I’ll try another bathroom.

  8. Jennifer on April 29, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    This post blows my mind. I love the irregularity of your placement. So much better than wallpaper or a repetitive pattern – not to mention the gradations of color. And PK’s work? An example of the divine manifested through the hands of woman,

  9. pk on April 29, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Dear Jennifer,

    Thank you for that lovely compliment about my work. It is SO good that I should have it engraved in metal for my room!

    • Gail M on May 1, 2017 at 7:31 am

      I agree with Jennifer. Amazingly beautiful work, PK.

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