Let us help you personalize a special space in your home or create
a unique image for your business. Using a combination of photography,
handpainting and decorative finish techniques, we can execute
an image of special signifigance to you.
In the first project pictured we have created a trompe l'oeil
(French;"to fool the eye") of a child lifting the membrane
of paint to reveal the hidden world behind his wall. For this
project Matt Hale and I combined our skills in photography, computers,
and handpainting to create this life-size image. In the second
project we used a photograph to create a mural to fill an existing
niche. Manipulated in preproduction to give it the feel of a painting
and glazed after installation to incorporate the knock-down plaster
texture of the wall, it captured our clients love of Tuscany.
In both projects we used a product/process called Tattoowall(TM).
Custom images are printed on thin vinyl that may be applied on
both smooth or highly irregular surfaces with textures up to 1/4".
The texture of the surface remains, creating a natural effect
with no reflective sheen. It may be used on a variety of surfaces
such as wood, drywall (including knock down texture) untreated
cement and bricks and has no size limitations. It can be applied
over unusual shapes such as domes, curved walls and alcoves. After
installation it can be further enhanced with glazing, handpainting,
or a distressed fresco effect.
Trompe l’oeil means to fool the eye. It often consists
of an architectural element rendered two dimensionally but appears
to the viewer to be three dimensional. Additionally there is an
element of delight when the viewer realizes the optical trick
Monsarrat Group has added trompe l’oeil to its repertoire
of techniques through study with Michel Nadai of France. Michel’s
expertise in such disciplines as perspective, murals, marbling,
graining and trompe l'oeil ornaments and moldings led to his receiving
the life-time title of Best Craftsman of France in Decorative
Painting and Trompe L'Oeil. http://www.michelnadai.com/indexus.html
Today’s open airy floor plans often have large unwieldy
expanses of wall, particularly in foyers and stairways. Painting
panels and moldings on these walls can reduce their perceived
size to a more “satisfactory” scale. Rendering the
highlights and shadows of railings, stiles and panels, the trompe
l’oeil artist can subdivide these walls into a harmonious
scale using the Golden Proportion developed by the Greeks and
used over the centuries by architects and artists.
Trompe l’oeil can also be used as a technique to extend
the space of a room with a wall mural depicting architectural
elements and vistas beyond that wall plane. It can transport the
room occupants to another place and time.