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Decorative Painting Finishing School Mark Tillman
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Artisan of the Month
Diane Kessler or Paint and Plaster Decorative Finishing

Long before faux finishing was popular, Diane Kessler had been adorning walls with foiled leaves and glazes. Knowing she could no longer deny her artistic drive, she left her retail management position and embarked on a career as a decorative artist by enrolling in faux finishing classes.

Making the transition to indulge her artistic side and launch her business was definitely the right choice. She reaps the rewards with every job she encounters and client she meets. “Being able to create something unique for my clients, to personalize something to their specifications, is why I enjoy doing what I do,” said Diane.

Diane’s business, Paint and Plaster Decorative Finishing, is based out of Minot, North Dakota. Having the skills to span both construction and decorative artistry, Diane has a lot to offer her clients and designers. Her clients are both residential and commercial and her work consists of anything from floor to ceiling, as well as indoor and out. While she predominately works in western North Dakota, she will travel for the right job.

She continues to nurture her chosen profession through classes and conferences when she is able. At the onset of her career she took beginners classes with Kelly King. Since then she has networked and met many professionals in the industry. The first time Diane met Kathy Carroll was through a class she signed up for in Atlanta, Georgia that Kathy Anders hosted. “I’ve ordered products in the past from Kathy Carroll and have been on her website. She is very helpful to decorative artists. I flew a long way to go to the class and it was exciting to learn some great finishes from Kathy, including the glass beads. I hadn’t worked with them prior to training with Kathy. The metallic plaster is another quick finish.” Some of Diane’s favorite products that she’s ordered are foils, plasters, crackles, and glass beads. “I really like working with the beads and foils. I like bling, anything with a lot of sparkle. Glitter is awesome too,” said Diane. “I’ve sold a lot of boards since I took the class and have come up with my own creations since.”

Along with creating her own boards, Diane enjoys taking something old and transforming it into something beautiful. “I also use the finishes on repurposing antiques and then sell them at shows through Diane’s Design’s, an offshoot of my main business. It’s a nice way to use the products on pillars, old crème cans, old tins, and containers. I even use those old copper buckets and pans, if they are in rough shape. They make a pretty neat decorative piece.”

Diane used one of her favorite finishes while working with a designer to match the medallion and walls in her client’s dining room. “It was a cracked, aged, leather wall treatment and was stunning. It was a new construction and exciting. All the builders were coming in and complimenting me on the finish. The homeowners were very pleased as well.”

In addition to working on new builds and everything in-between, Diane has even purchased old homes, restored them, and then sold them. “I’ve been flipping homes every so often. I had an old historic home nearby and the finish I did in there was stunning. I did a tissue finish and trowelled a sage green metallic plaster over a lighter green, and glazed it. It turned out amazing. I did it on a couple of the walls and the staircase area. The house was on Tour of Homes. That was cool. I also did a beauty shop recently using silver foils and champagne metallic paint that turned out beautiful with the glitter and beads.”

With all the diversification and artistic talent that Diane spreads around, what does her future hold? “I plan to continue branching out into the neighboring towns, growing my decorative finishing business.”

For more information about Diane Kessler or Paint and Plaster Decorative Finishing, please contact 701-509-3054 or visit www.dianekessler.com or facebook.com/fauxyinteriors

Joanne Ledbetter or JL Custom Color and Design

Joanne Ledbetter or JL Custom Color and Design

Joanne Ledbetter or JL Custom Color and Design

Joanne Ledbetter or JL Custom Color and Design

Joanne Ledbetter or JL Custom Color and Design

Joanne Ledbetter or JL Custom Color and Design

Joanne Ledbetter or JL Custom Color and Design

Joanne Ledbetter or JL Custom Color and Design

 

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