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2017 IDAL Convention:  October 17th - 22nd

We are delighted to offer IDAL members this amazing experience at the Grandover Resort & Spa in Greensboro, North Carolina for the 2017 IDAL Convention. How excited are you to visit High Point Market, and be up close and personal with all the New Trends? Are you ready to network with other Decorative Painters from across the country and the globe? Want new finish ideas to reload your inspiration catalogue? How about diving into the industry genius pool and learn some new business concepts?

Below you will see the list of courses from industry icons from around the world. There are numerous one- and two-day decorative paint seminars and workshops in various categories that are sure to help expand your techniques and overall business skills.

YOU can be a part of this one-of-a-kind event!  See you in Greensboro, NC at the Grandover Resort & Spa. #IamIDAL


Grandover Hotel Registration
Join us at the picturesque Grandover Resort rising above the foothills of North Carolina.  Restaurants, Bar, Pool Tables, Shuffle Board, Walking & Biking Trails, Spa with access to Fitness area, Sauna, Swimming Pool, Golf & more.






Making NEW Old Masters
Taught by Barb Skivington   
4 hour segment = 1 Class
Friday, October 201 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Old Masters are often recognized not only for the skill of the artist but also for their beautiful aged patina and fine pattern of dense “cracking” formed on the surface as part of the aging process. Today’s modern mediums will allow you to recreate the look of this patina and fine cracking with ease. 

Join Barb Skivington as she shows you how to easily create your own “Old Masters” piece of art using finishing products from Annie Sloan. Beginning with a lovely soft base in a Chalk Paint® color similar to traditional gilders’ bole, you’ll learn to apply your chosen image using Annie’s museum-quality Image Medium. This quick drying medium will allow you to proceed almost immediately to enhancing your image with simple gilding techniques and gorgeous coordinating colors using Annie’s easy-to-use Gold Size and your choice of various metal leaves and paints from the Chalk Paint®palette of beautiful 18th Century-inspired colors. You’ll then add a fine pattern of cracking over your image with Annie’s fool-proof Craqueleur product. 

Finally, you’ll add your own touch of artistry using various waxes, whether you choose Clear Chalk Paint® Wax or one of the colored Waxes or even Annie’s new Gilding Wax. Barb will also instruct you on how to apply these same techniques to larger surfaces. You will leave with a beautiful quality piece that you will be proud to display in your home or studio.

This class is appropriate for all skill levels.

All tools and products will be provided by instructor.


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 Through Sept. 8Sept. 9

$125

$150


Fast & Easy Furniture Finishes
Taught by Barb Skivington  
4 hour segment = 1 Class
Friday October 20, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.,

Barb Skivington is here to share with you her 30+ years experience as a faux and decorative finisher as well as a renowned instructor. Join her as she shares her secrets for creating professional-quality furniture finishes quickly and easily with easy-to-use Annie Sloan products, including Annie’s famous Chalk Paint® decorative paint. Finishes that used to take her hours or days to create can now be accomplished in just minutes. In this hands-on class students will learn various application methods using Annie Sloan Pure Bristle and Flat Brushes, her secrets for choosing colors and color mixing, and how to use various colored waxes as an artistic finishing medium. You will leave with beautiful samples that will amaze both the hand and the eye.

This class is appropriate for all skill levels.

All tools and products will be provided by instructor.

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 Through Sept. 8 Sept. 9
$125 $150

Verre Eglomise
Taught by Annie Lemarie   
Three - 4 hour segments = 1 Class
Saturday, October 
21, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. & Sunday, October 22, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The class introduces both traditional and modern techniques for reverse gilding and painting on glass. Students learn mirror-finish and matte-finish applications, techniques for handling and applying gold leaf various methods to create decorative images and patterns, and techniques for shading and coloring the leaf. Students will complete one 11 x 14 work of art, and create several architectural effects on subway tile – sized glass, perfect for sales. We will use 22 and 23K gold leaf, white gold, palladium, aluminum and copper leafs. The class uses water based sizes and coloring agents, denatured alcohol, alcohol ink, and shellac. We also explore the use of materials used in the decorative painting world, like stencils, mica, powders, varnishes, glazes, even crackle and glass beads. Students are expected to create a unique design during the class, utilizing your own drawing skills, stencils or patterns that will be brought to the class.Learning the skills of Verre Eglomise helps the artisan develop new offerings for designers and clients, such as furniture panels, table tops, handmade mirrors, backsplashes, high-quality crafts as well as fine art applications and window signage. The techniques learned in this class can not only be used on glass, but for surface applications as well, such as furniture and architectural elements.

Students should bring the following: paper towels (just a few), small artist brushes (less than 1 inch flat, rounds, including a fine round brush (#00 or 000), an artist's mop brush and a small Hake brush, pencil, Sharpie marker. You are welcome to bring a design of your choice, a favorite stencil, or a design reference book/ program.

The major piece will be tempered glass, the smaller pieces will be double weight window glass. We recommend that you bring two pieces of soft cushy material (like 1 inch foam rubber or cotton batting) and two pieces of corrugated cardboard cut slightly larger than 11 x 14 for transporting your glass home.

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 Through Sept. 8 Sept. 9
 $325  $390




V-Mask Foils & Vinyl Stencils
Taught by Cindy Andrews 
1 Day Class
Friday, October 20, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

Cindy will share what you need to know to have a successful foil job. When you leave, she would like for you to have the knowledge of all areas that foils and vinyl stencils can be used as well as to know other surfaces and ideas of different kinds of projects that you can go after to expand your business.

    • Wall preparation - how to prep the surface, what to do once you get the pattern.
    • Reviewing the different adhesive size's on the market.
    • The tools you need for the process.
    • Inspiration for where foils work best & what causes failure and how you can make sure you have success.
    • What you need to know about vinyl stencils including reviewing the different kinds of vinyl materials that are available and the different places that they can be used from an All over Pattern, Dome, Groin, Enlarged Patterns to Large Ceiling Patterns, floors, and just a single use design.
    • How to measure the different areas and get the information so the job can be laid out well.
    • How to gather the information that you will need for your project. The importance of the right pattern and the right size.  Where to get inspiration, then how to take it from inspiration to reality.

    This will be a hands-on class with the students needing to bring the "Standard Supplies" with them.  All samples will be done on Polystyrene Boards. If time permits we will have a couple of extra examples we can work on. Shipping will be the responsibility of the student.

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     Through Sept. 8 Sept. 9
    $295
    $355

    Recipes for Success
    Taught by David Hsueh  
    1 Day Class
    Sunday, October 22, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 
    1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    David Hsueh of Bella Vista Studio has built a solid reputation for  producing quality decorative finishing throughout Southeast Asia since 2006, like Venetian Casion Macau, Sofitel Hotel Macau and Shanghai Disney to luxurious homes in Shanghai.

    In this class, David will demonstrate and walk you through a few of his “simply elegant” signature Bella Vista finishes. These simple recipes and techniques are proven successful money makers again and again, job after job.

    This class is set up to standardize the application and help the level one applicator to improve their skill in a short time.

    These finishes are ready to use on walls and ceilings.

    By the end of this class students will learn to use simple tools and just 3-4 layers to create 8 beautiful decorative finishes.

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     Through Sept. 8  Sept. 9
    $298
    $358

    Rustic and Reclaimed
    Taught by Gary Lord  
    1 Day Class
    Saturday, October 21, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 
    1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Gary Lord is recognized as an international artist, teacher, author and television personality. Gary's work has won a total of 10 National 1st Place Awards for Best Faux Finisher of the Year by the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America and by the American Painting Contractor. Gary has been teaching his award winning finishes for over 25 years to thousands of students nationally and internationally. He believes by operating his own decorative painting business, Gary Lord Wall Options and Associates Inc., he can better share the real "tricks of the trade" and practical business knowledge he has gained in over 42 years with the students in each class.

    The focus on this class is for the students to learn how to imitate wood, metal, brick or concrete in a paint finish. In this hands on class the students will make five finishes that use wood graining tools, specialty rollers, trowels, oxidizing paints and more. The finishes that will be learned are strapped ball peen copper with rivets, reclaimed weathered wood, urban concrete panels, distressed brick, and rusted steel girders with bolts. All of these I have completed on projects and will share tips and tricks of doing these treatments in large scale areas, including pricing and material cost per sq ft. 

    Students will need to bring a basic tool supply kit plus a stainless steel trowel. All other tools and products will be provided by instructor.

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     Through Sept, 8  Sept. 9
    $265
    $320

    Chinese Fakeout
    Taught by Helen Morris  
    1 Day Class
    Saturday, October 21, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Chinese hand painted scenic wall papers are one of the most coveted interior decoration products but are out of reach of most budgets.

    Here is your opportunity to learn how to achieve an authentic alternative. The class aims to equip you with technique, ideas and inspiration to create the look of luxurious, Chinoiserie murals by using stencils. This is cost effective in both time and money and offers control of colour, scale and style of the finish to you the decorative painter. A grounding in various stencil skills forms the core of the class; hand painted and gilded embellishments will be explored along with ideas for backgrounds. A specially designed stencil will be given to students and a generous discount will be offered towards a set of Chinoiserie stencils to help start you on what could become a very profitable addition to your repertoire. Chinoiserie papers continue to be an aspirational item and their desirability shows no sign of waning. The stenciled alternative will not be cheap but will offer a hand crafted customized version at a price available to a wider clientele.

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     Through Sept. 8  Sept. 9
    $320
    $385

    Basic Stenciling (aka A grounding in stencil skills)
    Taught by Helen Morris  
    Sunday, October 22, 10 a.m. - Noon

    Stencils are a versatile tool that can offer huge scope to the repertoire of decorative painters once a few basic techniques have been mastered.  The purpose of this class is to provide a good foundation on which to further build stenciling skills. It will give you the confidence to use stencils efficiently and successfully.  Students will learn to control the paint to achieve sharp imprints using stencil brushes and paint rollers. Overlays, pattern repeats, shading and blending color are all practiced on the class and planning will be discussed along with applications for different surfaces. 

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     Through Sept. 8 Sept. 9
    $70
    $90


    How to Stencil Fabric Successfully
    Taught by Helen Morris  
    Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Add a new dimension to your decorative skills with stenciled fabric. No ladders or scaffold involved! Stunning results can be achieved on curtains, soft furnishings and clothing.  Color matches for interiors can be achieved with ease allowing another dimension to your decorative work. The provided set of stencils will be suitable for many projects not just for fabric. The mechanics of the project apply to wall, furniture and floor finishes too.

    The class will involve mitering corners, measuring, making panels, repeating pattern, color blending and the use of metallic with matte paint. We will practice on both dark and light backgrounds.  Preparation of cloth will be discussed as well as paints, mediums and technique. We will stencil onto two different fabrics; one will be velvet because it is one of the more difficult materials to decorate; one will be a cushion cover. By the end of the class students will understand which fabric, media and method work well and how to tackle various colors and weights of material. They will have learned and practiced my techniques for stenciling fabric.

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     Through Sept. 8 Sept. 9
    $140
    $170


    Using Texture in New Ways
    Taught by Karyn Meyer-Berthel  
    Friday, October 20, 1 
    p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Using a range of tint-able, versatile textural coatings is easier and more user-friendly than ever. Get to know the new line of Golden Paintworks Lifestyle Finishes™ and how to use them to create natural looking surfaces, such as elegant stone, aged iron and rustic cement. Each texture has its own character and can be mixed or altered to get a range of finishes. This class will show you the basics of theses textures, several ways to apply each, how to tint, glazing options and ideas for topcoats.Click any image to enlarge.

            



     Through Sept. 8 Sept. 9
    $150
    $180



    Glass Bead Bonanza
    Taught by Sue Scott  
    Friday, October 20, 8 
    a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Take your portfolio to the next level with the unique beauty of The One & Only HOLLYWOOD & JEWELRY COLLECTION FINISHES! Introduce your customers to the stunning beauty of SOLID COVERAGE GLASS BEAD FINISHES for walls ,ceilings, backsplashes, floors & counter tops. You will learn the proper prep, when to top coat & what to use. We will also review how to estimate product costs. Samples will include our EXCLUSIVE HOLLYWOOD & JEWELRY finishes in our NEWEST color combinations. 

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     Through Sept. 8 Sept. 9
    $195
    $240


     Chroma Karma

    Taught by Lesile Nesbitt  
    One day class
    Friday, October 20, 
    8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    This class is not for the timid. If you are ready to jump out of the ‘closet color box’ then let’s ride this wave together. In this hands-on class, we will celebrate a passion for color, texture, creative freedom, craftsmanship and design. We will explore a variety of ideas involving, creative processing, selfexpression, composition, design, layering, and much more. Students will work with a range of decorative painting products and mediums such as mica powders, foils, plasters, handmade papers, glitters, stencils and stamps, just to name a few. Students will create luscious, rich, and unique finishes that are applicable in just about any aesthetic and/or stand alone as art. Students will create 6 o 8 samples.

    Students will learn a variety of ideas collage, creative processing, self-expression, composition, design, layering, and much more. • Students will leave with color confidence, and a baseline understanding of their own style aesthetic for incorporating pattern mixing and color.

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     Through Sept. 8  Sept. 9
    $475
    $570



    Classic Graining Techniques
    Taught by John & Greg  
    1 Day Class
    Friday, October 20,  8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 
    1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Join profaux.com in the heart of the furniture design industry! The big trend in 2017 will be making more room for natural elements. Painted furniture is stepping aside for natural wood finishes, dark or light. Natural wood is one of the easiest ways to add both warmth and texture to a room. Wood finishes help you accomplish a look that’s always comfortable and inviting. Whether imitating reclaimed oak or open mahogany shelves, wood finishes pair nicely with metal chairs, florals, plaster walls and pastel hues.

    Trendworthy wall, woodwork and furniture appropriate woodgrain finishes will be taught in this intensive hands-on workshop led by John and Greg of profaux.com. Learn centuries old mixed media techniques using artist grade pigments and custom made glazes.  This class exists to train individuals in the art of graining. Graining waxes and wanes with current trends but never goes completely out of style. Exercising faux bois is eco-friendly especially with respect to endangered wood species. Graining helps separate painters from the pack. A good portfolio of graining can open many doors (no pun intended). Students will learn how to use specialty tools, how to custom mix glazes and subtle differences between various woods including color, grain, texture and figure. Pricing will also be discussed.

    Students will leave with a better understanding of proper surface preparation, selecting better basecoat colors, tempering glazes to suit dry times, demystifying woods they wish to imitate, selective toning using artist pigments, use and care for specialty graining tools,  pricing their specialty work.

    ProFaux workshops are hands-on, maximum of 20. All materials are provided including step-by-step workshop manual, primed and base coated 14”x20” polystyrene sample boards, use of specialty graining tools, artist pigments, buckets, sponges, paper towels, etc. All levels are encouraged.

    Students will learn and have the confidence to reproduce walnut burl, cherry, Birdseye maple and plain cut mahogany. These finishes will unlock the mysteries to many other woods including pine, alder, oak and ziricote. Students gather close to see short demos then return to their tables to practice particular woodgrain techniques. ProFaux techniques are designed specifically to maximize dry times and eliminate wasted trips.

    Students receive a no-gimmick manufactures’ product vouchers totaling over $100. This affordable workshop will make professionals more money when graining because our methods can be applied to any paintable surface, not just flatwork! As always, ProFaux offers a money back guarantee* if not satisfied. *Students that are not satisfied halfway through the program may leave without class materials and receive a full refund for the class.

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    This is a flat door!

     Through Sept. 8 Sept. 9
    $245
    $295


    Laser Focus
    Taught by Rebecca Slaton  
    Friday, October 20, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

    Are you offering too many things to too many people? Are you maximizing your time and your marketing money? Learn how to focus your efforts to reach the clientele who will support and value your skills and keep your business profitable. 

    By the end of this class, you will:

    • Define your brand concisely
    • Determine your price point
    • Understand your buyers path to sales
    • Focus your product/service collection
    • Ways to connect and target your audience

    Through Sept. 8  Sept. 9
    $75
    $90


    Diversity Round Table - FREE
    Taught by Rebecca Slaton  
    Friday, October 20, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

    The model for successful enterprises in the future will be collaborative. Our industry has suffered from a fragmented message, dated image and a changing marketplace. IDAL believes that a vibrant discussion focused on specific topics would be welcome so Rebecca Slaton will moderate a panel of industry experts to explore 2 specific topics. 

    This panel discussion would focus on:

    • The diversity of potential finishers, instructors and clients including age, race, ethnicity and gender.
    • Crafting the message to the audience.
    • Specific strategies for reaching the audience.
    • Maintaining the network over time.
    These roundtable discussion are free and all attendees are invited and encourage to participate.  This is an open discussion and your voice is valued so please bring your questions, concerns and good ideas.

     Through Oct. 10
    FREE


    Niche Marketing
    Taught by Rebecca Slaton  
    Saturday, October 21, 
    10 a.m. - 12 a.m.

    The social network is a crowded place. Are you making the most of digital story- telling to reach your customer? Even if you are not computer savvy, there are ways to take advantage of the diverse networks. 

    This class will cover:

    • Differences in social media such as Pinterest, You-Tube, Instagram, Snapchat and Podcasts.
    • Which format is the best fit and focus for your business
    • How to use Search Engine Optimizing (SEO) in your on-line marketing
    • Developing an action plan for yourself or if hiring someone that maximizes your marketing time and dollars.


       Through Sept. 8
      Sept. 9
      $75
      $90


      Tradeshows, Home Shows and Presentations
      Taught by Rebecca Slaton  
      Saturday, October 21, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

      Getting your story in front of your audience. 

      The most successful small businesses know that you’re selling yourself as much as a product or service.  And the best way to sell yourself is face to face!

      This class will cover:

      • Shows, presentations and client types.
      • Ways to choose the best shows for reaching your audience.
      • Developing a booth or presentation that cohesively tells your story and attracts your specific audience.
      • Networking
      • Trade show and home show etiquette


         Through Sept. 8
        Sept. 9
        $75
        $90


        Alternative Revenue Streams for a Mature Market - Free
        Taught by Rebecca Slaton  
        Saturday, October 21, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

        The model for successful enterprises in the future will be collaborative. Our industry has suffered from a fragmented message, dated image and a changing marketplace. IDAL believes that a vibrant discussion focused on specific topics would be welcome so Rebecca Slaton will moderate a panel of industry experts to explore 2 specific topics. 

        This panel discussion would focus on:

        • Identifying income generating products/services for aging finishers.
        • Specific strategies for adding these skill sets.
        • Ways to cooperatively work with diverse networks.
        • Working with on-line outlets for e-commerce, art representatives, and community collectives.

        These roundtable discussion are free and all attendees are invited and encourage to participate.  This is an open discussion and your voice is valued so please bring your questions, concerns and good ideas.

         Through Oct. 10
        FREE


        The Art of the Focal Wall
        Taught by Kathy Wear  
        Three 4 hour segments = 1 class
        Saturday, October 21st 1-5pm, Sunday, October 22nd 8am - Noon,  1p.m. - 5 p.m.

        This class will focus on wall finishes that are proven sellers in the field. The main area of concentration will be the focal wall.

        The students will leave the class knowing how to use a wide variety of products from Perfetto Paints and Plasters to create unique artistic focal walls and how to plan and execute these finishes on the wall.  They will also inerstand how to trowel different layers, including glazing, stenciling and making troweling mediums with micas and crushed glass. Students will learn to minimize steps.


         Through Sept. 8 Sept. 9
        $395
        $475


        Nova Color
        Taught by Chris Burke  
        Three 4 hour segments = 1 class
        Friday October 20th, 8am - Noon, 1 - 5pm; Saturday October 21st, 8am - Noon

        Mr. Faux will detail the NovaColor products and teach the hands on - wall samples.  NovaColor | Prodotti decorative made in Italy (www.novcolor.it) This Day and Half class combining demonstrations and hands-on opportunities - will cover High End faux finishes.  Students will learn how to combine mica, reactive paint and plasters to produce some of todays most lucrative faux finishes - including Ironic and Swahili from Eco Wall Coatings, a distributor of Nova Color Italy.

        Bonus for each student attending - NovaColor  Swag Bags, Including brochures with actual chip samples! 

        Last but NOT least, a Free CO.ME Venetian Plaster Trowel ($50 value)










         Class Price  
        $450


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