Designing A Dining Room Rug
When making hand painted custom dining room rug for homeowners I am most excited about creating a new design.
Often a client sends a photo and says “paint this” or takes one of our house designs and we either modify the colors or tweak the design to fit into each unique interior décor.
In the case of Rodger and Sharon we went on an odyssey of design concepts and colors to find the exact dining room rug that fit into their home, just right!
First I received an email with a photo of their existing dining room rug. Sharon asked, “Can you replicate this design?” The canvas rug had been painted by another artist. When asked to replicate art I prefer to expand on the idea of the design. Copying another artist’s work is not what I do.
Another email quickly followed with a photo of a traditional rug with the question” How would you incorporate this design into a rug?
I created a small painting using this design and after a couple of weeks I got a phone call.
Yes, you can call me! Laurels Originals has a toll free number and when you call I’ll pick up to answer your questions (if I’m not out watering the garden or walking my dogs, then I’ll call you back, promise)
So Rodger and I began a conversation on design features and measurements for the dining room rug. I made a small painting of this new design as well; three design options are included in the canvas rug contract.
Meanwhile Sharon is investigating colors. Up until now we have been using oil based polyurethane to seal our rugs.
The oil base polyurethane adds a golden sheen to the paint color. It works well with most colors except for white and pastels. I had discovered a new water based product but was reluctant to use it without testing first.
After several coats I sanded it lightly and added one coat of the oil base. It made a small difference in the color but not as defined as the four coats I normally used. This was a technique I had tried previously and the rug has been in the lobby of the Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel for over a year and is holding up very well.
With colors selected, techniques refined, design fine-tuned, I embarked on the journey of this challenging and beautiful new design, unlike like anything I have ever painted before.
And that is what makes my “job” so exciting. The ultimate reward is comments like these.
Testimonials, My Favorite
Thank you Laurel for the creative genius of your interpretation of our vision.
As you can see, it looks amazing in our kitchen dinette nook.
I am so excited to put new colors and unique cushions to bring the eclectic look together.
Take care and thank it again.
I know Sharon sent you pictures of how the rug looks. If you want, feel free to give our name out as a reference….we are very pleased for what you did and how it looks…thank you
Please call or write if you want to discover the play and fulfillment of creating your own custom canvas rug. I’ll be waiting !