ART & DESIGN

 

Art & Design: My Creative Passion
My art and design creative passion fueled a very successful entrepreneurial venture. It included several projects. Decorative Painting by Alison Gilbert was the primary business. In addition were:
• The Five Step Decorative Painting System
• The Five Step Decorative Painting Manual
• Recycled With Love Collectables
• Little Bytes of Art, Wearable & Shareable Art

Bird's eye maple table with colorful legs. © Decorative Painting by Alison Gilbert
Bird’s eye maple table with colorful legs. © Decorative Painting by Alison Gilbert
 Decorative Painting by Alison Gilbert

This was a unique artistic venture for me as a painter. Rather than a flat surface, I used furniture as my canvas. Also, each project was one-of-a-kind work of art. I painted mostly on reused and rescued wood. The furniture I worked on was usually real quality wood. They were types that one rarely sees today like:
• maple
• cherry
• mahogany
• oak

I worked on great old pieces that just needed some tender loving care and attention. Their innate quality and value was clearly visible.

The 5-Step Decorative Painting System

These five words essentially sum up the ‘5-Step’ or ‘5-P’ system of decorative painting that I developed. Old, worn but well constructed quality wood furniture and furnishings could easily be transformed. They were things that many clients considered discarding that I transformed into treasured possessions that became one-of-a-kind treasured, family heirlooms.

There is a video on the The Five Step Decorative Painting System page that demonstrates this 5-step process:
1. Prep
2. Prime
3. Paint
4. Prettify
5. Protect

The 5-Step Decorative Painting Description from the Manual
A page from The 5-Step Decorative Painting Manual © Alison D. Gilbert
The 5-Step Decorative Painting System Manual

You can transform old, neglected but quality wood, metal and wicker furniture and furnishings into family heirlooms and treasured collectables.

This 5-step system is easy to understand and simple to do. It has many short cuts and money saving suggestions.

A list of supplies that includes inexpensive items rather than pricey decorative painting supplies is included. But when the pricier items the better choice, I will let you know. This is an indispensable manual.

You will feel like a professional after your very first project. The manual will be available in pdf format.
 

 

 

 

 

A decorative jar that contains ribbons, beads, images of painted furniture and a porcelain pin on top
A decorative jar that contains ribbons, beads, images of painted furniture and a porcelain pin on top
Recycled With Love Collectables

Using the principles, techniques and even occasional original designs from Decorative Painting by Alison Gilbert projects, I created Recycled With Love Collectables. The same ‘5-Step’ or 5-P method was used to reuse and decorate these items that were also in need of some extra loving care and attention. They also made great gifts and wonderful collectables for the home. The Collectables were made from:
• metal
• wood
• wicker
• plastic
• glass

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: Recycled with Love Collectables and all other items are for decoration only and are not food safe.

There is a new page, Recycled with Love Collectables Revisited. Please click the link to visit it.

 

The simple black patent purse transformed with oil cloth and other touches
The simple black patent purse transformed with oilcloth and other touches
LIttle Bytes of Art, Wearable & Shareable Art

I’m a collector so I love collecting things. I also love to buy things like oilcloth, fabric edging, buttons, beads and mini flowers. Little Bytes of Art, Wearable and Shareable Art are wearable decorated vintage accessories that are great to collect and give as gifts.

They included inspiration from the original decorative painted furnishings to create items that are fun to collect and great to give as gifts:

 

• knick knacks
• decorative pins
• pendants
• note cards
• paintings

Since I’m also a crafts artisan, I love to take things I collect and give them a personal touch. I do this by mixing and matching what I have on hand. It is so much fun to create new one-of-a-kind Wearables & Shareables from existing items that might not have been unique at all.