Faux by Kathy decorative and faux classes and decorative faux products Faux By Kathy Homepage
Learn and Do. Shop for Supplies Get Great Results!
Finish of the Month About Kathy Contact Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes

Decorative Artisan of the Month
Decorative Artist of the Month Archived
Decorative Painting Finishing School Mark Tillman
Decorative Painting Finishing School Donna Mock
Decorative Painting Finishing School Carmen Vergara
Decorative Painting Finishing School Lessandra Martins Melo
Decorative Painting Finishing School Anita Yeh
Decorative Painting Finishing School Sarah Hines and Mets Schilstra
Decorative Painting Finishing School Eulojio Ortega
Decorative Painting Finishing School Alison Ubert
Decorative Painting Finishing School Diane Kessler
Decorative Painting Finishing School Donna Flecchia
Decorative Painting Finishing School Joanne Ledbetter
Decorative Painting Finishing School Rachel Sejas
Decorative Painting Finishing School Cheryl Phan
Decorative Painting Finishing School Carrie Chimenti
Decorative Painting Finishing School Ann Simpson
Decorative Painting Finishing School Natalie Gorden
Decorative Painting Finishing School Marlene Mancilla
Decorative Painting Finishing School Diane LaLonde Hasso
Decorative Painting Finishing School Kim Bouy
Decorative Painting Finishing School Kathy Anders
Decorative Painting Finishing School Alyse and Amy Leventhal
Decorative Painting Finishing School Laurie Schrader
Decorative Painting Finishing School Carey Seven
Decorative Painting Finishing School Bryan King
Decorative Painting Finishing School Patricia Presto
Decorative Painting Finishing School Kass Wilson
Decorative Painting Finishing School Heidi Cinker
Decorative Painting Finishing School Shari Fry
Decorative Painting Finishing School Leigh Jones
Decorative Painting Finishing School Diane Beard
Decorative Painting Finishing School Ruth Giovannetti
Decorative Painting Finishing School Collen Drew
Decorative Painting Finishing School Melissa Loutos
Decorative Painting Finishing School Nathalie Nielsen
Decorative Painting Finishing School Susan Giugliano
Decorative Painting Finishing School Sarah Beth Cohen
Decorative Painting Finishing School Tracy Taylor
Decorative Painting Finishing School Janelle Tague
Decorative Painting Finishing School Kari Campbell
Decorative Painting Finishing School Ed Gonet
Decorative Painting Finishing School Bonnie Norling Wakeman
Decorative Painting Finishing School Kelly Weik
Decorative Painting Finishing School Janelle Tague
Decorative Painting Finishing School Gracie Reed
Decorative Painting Finishing School Allyce Lees
Decorative Painting Finishing School Terry Gavigan
Decorative Painting Finishing School Kate Perret
Decorative Painting Finishing School Jo-Marie Frigo
Decorative Painting Finishing School Deb Spertus
Decorative Painting Finishing School David Ryan
Decorative Painting Finishing School Clint Dunning
Decorative Painting Finishing School Roseann Bode
Decorative Painting Finishing School Wendy Digel
Decorative Painting Finishing School Lisa Butts
Decorative Painting Finishing School Catherine Coy
Decorative Painting Finishing School Pamela Coslet
Decorative Painting Finishing School Emily Quinn
Decorative Painting Finishing School Gary Riley
Decorative Painting Finishing School Bill Fisher
Decorative Painting Finishing School John Micheals
Decorative Painting Finishing School Faux Maison
Decorative Painting Finishing School Herb Shropshire
Decorative Painting Finishing School Gus Kyriakopoulos
Decorative Painting Finishing School Paul Minnihan
Decorative Painting Finishing School Jenna DeFalco
Decorative Painting Finishing School Sherri Grupe
Decorative Painting Finishing School Debbie Brown
Decorative Painting Finishing School Cynthia Davis
Decorative Artisan Dawn Bray
Decorative Faux Finisher Christine McIntyre-Hannon
Faux Finisher Faux Finishing School Anna and Scott Sadler
Faux Finisher Faux Finishing School Darryl Grant
Faux Finisher Faux Finishing School B. Juliana Leo
Faux Finisher Faux Finishing School Leslie Nesbitt
Faux Finisher Faux Finishing School Signature Mural & Finish, Inc.
Faux Finisher Faux Finishing School Joanne Voll
Faux Finisher Faux Finishing School Barb Runyard
Faux Finisher Faux Finishing School Nathan Giffin
Faux Finisher Faux Finishing School Patty Henning
Faux Finisher Faux Finishing School Emma Wright
Faux Finisher Faux Finishing School Joseph Freer
Faux Finisher Faux Finishing School Dawn Rundle
August 2006 Simona Clinge
August 2006 Ron Bledsoe
August 2006 Sharon Taglienti
August 2006 Martin Riding
August 2006 Tomas Kyrgiakos /
Iowanna Azar
August 2006 Jenna DeFalco
August 2006 Alissa Murnane
August 2006 Rhonda Barber
August 2006 Laura Ross
August 2006 Nancy Schnell
August 2006 John Michaels
August 2006 Debi Vaninger
August 2006 Marsh Danner
August 2006 Beth Haynes
August 2006 Cassy Weddel
August 2006 Bruce Thalman
August 2006 Melanie & Stuart Kershner
August 2006 Lorie Wolff
Doug Diekman
Lori Tselikis
Joanne Voll
Linda Wetsch
Jennifer Rongaus
Natalie White
Dan Gangler
Sharon Damisch
Kay Reyes
Mary Johnson
Ed Hartfiel
Estelle Leptich
Laurie Ebert

 

Artisan of the Month
Rachel Sejas of The Painted Lady

Natalie Gorden Murals and Faux in Nevada

The future held a renewed sense of excitement as Rachel Sejas left her unsatisfying insurance job at the onset of the holiday season. “I had always needed a creative outlet, and had even thought about going into art in college, but was convinced it wasn’t the right career choice,” said Rachel. Free of her cubicle, Rachel’s creativity once more found its way to the surface. “I began to mess around with some paints and glazes I’d found in the garage to make signs as gifts for my kid’s teachers.” Word of mouth spread and Rachel quickly realized the opportunity before her. “I was asked to do furniture and cabinets. Right then I knew I had to take some classes.” Soon after, Rachel launched her company, The Painted Lady. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, she works mainly in the Mid-South, but will travel for the right job.

Since beginning her company she has never looked back. Even though Rachel loves all aspects of decorative painting, she has a favorite medium. “I picked up a trowel and I was in love. I actually started troweling because my youngest was a toddler at the time and had peeled some blisters in the paint that he’d found. I had lived in California and had seen a lot of Tuscan knock down finishes and I thought, ‘I could do that.’ That’s how it all started.”

Natalie Gorden Murals and Faux in Nevada

Rachel’s business allows her the versatility she needs in her busy life. Embarking on a new career in her children’s early years, to now, she’s able to remain entrenched in their full schedules. “It’s enabled me to be an active volunteer for my kids’ school, to pick them up, and take them to sports. That’s what is great about being a decorative artist, it allows me to spend time with my kids, and I love having a way to express myself creatively and get paid for it. I have met a lot of really fantastic people. Working at a desk job I was dying a slow and lonely death. By working for myself I’m constantly being pushed to make sure that my phone keeps ringing and I get my name out there. I’ve got a family to feed, and it drives me every day.”

With a strong desire to succeed, Rachel realized how beneficial taking a few classes a year is to both her business and customers. “The first class I ever took was in Nashville. I became very dear friends with Andre Crenshaw, who was teaching the class. She helped to foster my love of decorative finishes. That was when I realize the importance of taking classes. I finally got to take one of Kathy Carroll’s classes at IDAL and was able to meet her and Sue in person. I loved her class, it was great.” In addition to taking Kathy’s class, she purchases many products from Kathy through her online store. “For me, everything is falling in place. It wasn’t long after I decided to turn this into a career that I was able to see how important and invaluable classes are. You learn not only the finishes, but also the product knowledge and how some finishes are popular in one city but not another. It stretches you creatively and gets you going,” said Rachel.

Natalie Gorden Murals and Faux in Nevada

There are certain finishes that Rachel is drawn to over others, and her clients would agree as a large portion of her work is due to repeat business and referrals. “I’ve gotten to the point where I really only do furniture for existing clients or when designers ask me to do something. I do furniture on the side because I’m on the walls so much. I love metallic plasters because they add so much interest to a surface without overpowering. My most popular finishes are subtle and add a layer of visual interest to a room without overpowering. And every girl loves a little sparkle.”

With so many favorite customers, it’s next to impossible for Rachel to choose one. But who can forget their first big commercial job? “It started out that I was just going to do a plaster on the top half of the walls of an office and stain some wainscoting. I’d barely started before he wanted me to do the ceiling, the conference room, and then another room. It was my favorite job because I became friends with a lot of people there.”

Going forward, Rachel plans to continue to build her business and her extensive clientele of truly wonderful people. “I’ve been doing a lot more commissioned artwork and have been trying to branch out a little more into that. I’ve got some paintings that are being sold at a local boutique, First Fruit Collection, in Collierville, Tennessee. I’ve worked hard to make this happened, but its really fallen into place because its supposed to be this way. I have no intention of quitting anytime soon.”

For more information about Rachel Sejas or The Painted Lady please call 901.827.0009 or visit www.rachelsejas.com

 

Natalie Gorden Murals and Faux in Nevada

Natalie Gorden Murals and Faux in Nevada

Natalie Gorden Murals and Faux in Nevada

Natalie Gorden Murals and Faux in Nevada

Natalie Gorden Murals and Faux in Nevada

Natalie Gorden Murals and Faux in Nevada

Natalie Gorden Murals and Faux in Nevada

Natalie Gorden Murals and Faux in Nevada

Natalie Gorden Murals and Faux in Nevada

 

Home : Decorative Store : Decorative Artisan Courses Schedule : Decorative Artisan of the Month : Decorative Finish of the Month

A-La-Carte
: Gallery of Decorative Finishes : About Kathy Carroll : Our Students Work : Artisan Video Testimonials
Get Great Results! : Decorative and Faux Painting Defintions : Preferred Decorative Artisans : Contact Us

Faux by Kathy ©2003-2016
All Rights Reserved.

Created and Maintained by
Polka Dot Sox Creative Group