Inside this Issue — August 2008
It’s an Anniversary!
Ten years ago in the August 1998 issue of PaintWorks, we featured an amazing
dining room collection designed by Margot Clark. The concept of this article
was to present several patterns and show how they could be adapted to a
variety of surfaces.
The feature was entitled “Adapt a Design—Decorate a Room” and
Margot’s original introduction sums it up quite nicely: “Have
you ever seen a design on one item and wished there were companion pieces
to match? Me, too! I love coordinated accessories in a room. Follow along
with this article as I show you how to create those matching pieces and
take you through the thought process involved in adapting
a design to decorate a room.”
This was the first time Margot painted items for us using her Shaded Wash Technique,
which she developed while working on this project. Everyone at our office was
astounded at the beauty of the artwork, and we knew these pieces would be massively
popular. Each painting was as gorgeous as the next! The collection consisted
of six charger plates, a side table, a triptych clock, a door crown, a door guard,
vases, Battenburg lace table linens, and more. This room décor collection
presented us with a new challenge— where would we find a location that would
complement the designs and accommodate the surfaces? This was our first attempt
at photographing an entire room grouping, so we were quite pleased to find a
local bed and breakfast that provided us with the perfect setting.
Margot’s dining room collection continues to be among our top favorites.
It was highly popular among our readers as well—thus, it is no surprise
that the August 1998 issue of PaintWorks sold out long ago. If you are interested
in painting some of the pieces featured 10 years ago, go to Margot’s web
for information about purchasing pattern packets.
Margot continues to be one of our favorite contributing designers, and to commemorate
this 10-year anniversary, she painted a set of scalloped bentwood boxes (page
34) to match the original dining room ensemble. Thank you, Margot.
We sincerely appreciate your remarkable creativity and devotion to decorative
painting and design.
We trust you will be as inspired as we were and make the time to create this
unique, breathtaking collection. Join us in this celebration, and adapt Margot’s
designs to surfaces of choice and create your own accent pieces. Please help
to inspire others and share your creations with our fellow readers. Send photos
and a short note
about your painting experience to PaintWorks, “Adapt a Design” Anniversary,
7 Waterloo Rd., Stanhope, NJ 07874.
Have a wonderful summer!
Linda R. Heller,