How to Paint a Chinoiserie Mural
Create a Captivating Mural Using a Fresco Secco Technique
Chinoiserie, a French word that translates to “in the style of Chinese”, is a beautiful art and design style reflecting Chinese qualities and motifs. It began as a European interpretation and homage to Asian culture and their decorative style and decorative arts. Reflecting several major motifs, such as foo dogs, peacocks, dragons, architecture, and nature, the style holds Asian art and design in high regard. In fact, the first major example of Chinoiserie in history was a small structure in the gardens of Versailles, and the beauty of the handpainted scenes, ceramics, and luxe details prevalent in Chinoiserie paired well with the grand designs of the monarchs and aristocracies of the 17th and 18th centuries.
The timeless appeal of Chinoiserie, with its roots in European design, continues today. The style loans itself beautifully to modern day interiors and many contemporary designers have incorporated the style in their designs. Artist and Instructor Annie Margarita has created an online course teaching you several tenets of Chinoiserie – handpainted details, natural scenes, and metallics – over a beautiful layered fresco secco (dry fresco) plaster finish. There are many factors to consider for a professional, successful project for yourself and your clients – especially when creating a work of art people will come to love. You may be wondering:
- How do I research and work with concepts for the handpainted elements?
- How do I create the layered plaster finish?
- What type of products should I use for this?
- How do I add the mural elements over my plaster or wall?
- How do I paint the Chinoserie mural itself?
- And most of all...how do I give myself the tools for success for myself and my clients?
Murals and plaster finishes add visual interest to a space through color, theme and design. You may want a creative outlet, and murals sound like a fun way to make additional income. Or you may be a painter looking to add lucrative decorative paint and plaster techniques to your service offerings. You may be a working artist who’d like to bring these skills to walls, ceilings, or other substrates. When working with clients and designers, you need to know how to provide a professional work of art for them and build your project portfolio as well.
Annie Margarita is a fourth generation interior designer and decorative painter. Her work ethic and talent pushed her to leadership positions, and she went on to be in and lead crews for Disney, Universal Studios, and many zoos and aquariums throughout the US and Europe. She then started a mural and decorative paint company and earned a degree in Interior Design while focused on walls and colorization. She’s been asked about creating murals and plaster finishes so often that she decided to create this beautiful course to share with you.
Here's what we'll cover.
By the end of this course, students will feel confident in what Chinoiserie is and how to apply paint and plaster effects to imitate it's style. You’ll learn the layering of different finishes to create interesting backgrounds that reflect light and create depth in your work. You’ll learn how certain tools are used for different mediums including paint, specialty plasters, and the transfer of patterns. Watching the different ways that paint is used in layering will give you new insight on how to create realistic effects in your murals. You will also learn how to tie all these elements together to paint and plaster and exciting artwork for yourself or a client. Each element of the course, both the Fresco Secco plaster finish and the peacock, peahen, and magnolia tree Mural elements, can be used separately and together for a versatile addition to your portfolio of services. Lastly, we’ll provide pro tips throughout the course to ensure a professional finish.
This course is for you if:
- You want to learn how to create art, but you aren’t sure where to begin and are excited to learn!
- You’re looking for a fun and transformative creative outlet, or to design and decorate your own home.
- You’re looking to ‘get off the scaffold’ and offer artworks created right in your studio.
- You are looking to learn styled mural and plaster finishes to help build your decorative painting portfolio.
- You’re looking to add a versatile and lucrative artistic service to your creative business, for residential, hospitality, and commercial projects.