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Artisan of the Month
Marlene Mancilla of Artistic Designs located in Houston, TX

With a background in real estate and property management, Marlene Mancilla was accustomed to listening to and figuring out exactly what her customers wanted. Immersed in the housing industry, it wasn’t until a Venetian plaster wall caught and held her eye that she figured out exactly what she wanted.

She enrolled in classes, gained certifications, amassed knowledge, and in 2004, launched her business Artistic Designs. Based out of Houston, Texas, Marlene works mainly in Southeast Houston, specifically in the Pearland and Friendswood areas. While she specializes in walls, cabinets, and furniture, she does just about anything in the decorative painting field. “I do a lot of stenciling and cabinets and can make the stencils myself. I do anything that can be painted or duplicated,” said Marlene.

As Marlene’s business grows, she keeps tabs on the industry’s emerging products and trends by taking classes when she is able. She met Kathy Carroll at a class Kathy held in Houston. “We worked on different wall samples. Kathy is very creative, friendly, and smart. I purchased Glass Beads and some tools from her,” said Marlene. She enjoyed it so much she took a few of her online classes as well. If Marlene’s schedule permits, she tries to attend the yearly IDAL Conference and Expo.

Whether Marlene is working with her clients or fitting in a class, she soaks up every moment of each experience. To her, it isn’t work. “Its something that’s easy for me. Something I like, not work at all. And it makes people happy,” said Marlene.

While Marlene enjoys working with all her clients, a few jobs come easily to mind. Favorite colors often come into play and this wet bar redesign was no different. “My client is a fan of turquoise. I used Sherman Williams Breeze and put stain and seal glaze to make it look old and worn out.” The house has an artsy appeal soaked in elegance. “The cabinets have raised wood, resembling branches, that I’ll add gold to accentuate their design.” As with most of Marlene’s jobs, one room soon turns into more.

Following the theme of color, another of Marlene’s clients wanted her to design their study after the hues in a favorite painting. “My client’s husband is an attorney and the blues we used reminded him of old books. In the study, I trowelled on different colors of paints taken from the painting she wanted to draw inspiration from.” Once the study was completed she was asked to continue working throughout their home.

Working in homes and with people comes naturally to Marlene. “Clients have a vision and you have to pull it out of their brain and figure out what they want and how to do it. That’s what I like. That and being able to make their dreams come to life in their house.”

While Marlene’s main focus is residential, she also works in commercial.

Several times a week, Marlene is a constant presence in the Downtown Aquarium doing touchups before they open. “It was explained to me that the Downtown Aquarium, with its many visitors per day, is much like Disney, and it needs to be maintained. I go in there early in the morning and touch up their exhibits. Is a great job to have.”

The variety Marlene’s residential work gives her is something she enjoys immensely. She naturally excels at figuring out her clients’ ideas and brings them to fruition. That aspect of her business is going strong and she plans to continue to grow on a consistent basis while adding in more commercial work and specialized projects.

For more information about Marlene Mancilla or Artistic Designs please call 832.725.5226 or visit her on LinkedIn.

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glass bead stencil New York, decorative painting glass beads, mural studio, muralist, decorative finish

glass bead stencil New York, decorative painting glass beads, mural studio, muralist, decorative finish

glass bead stencil New York, decorative painting glass beads, mural studio, muralist, decorative finish

glass bead stencil New York, decorative painting glass beads, mural studio, muralist, decorative finish

glass bead stencil New York, decorative painting glass beads, mural studio, muralist, decorative finish

 

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