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Carol Stream, IL 60188
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Phone: 630-653-2400
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Come to the Leading Expert

Kathy Carroll has a unique perspective in the decorative art industry. A former faux finisher herself, she shares insight to the needs of her clients and applies vigorous testing to the products she carries. A business owner of more than twenty-five years, she focuses on her clients, offering years of knowledge, trust, and accessibility. Sought out in the industry for her expertise and creativity, Kathy makes herself available because she believes, “your success is our success.”

Kathy holds a number of classes such as Professional Upgrade, Semi-Private, and Private. In each one, she shares techniques and teaches the latest trends in the fewest layers, resulting in high quality sellable sample boards that increase profit margins. She believes that “your imagination is your only limitation.” Inspiration and creativity are tangible in her classes. Artisans who have taken Kathy’s classes and created sample boards have had immediate results selling jobs with them.

Known as a leading expert, Kathy was featured in an article by Paint & Decorating Retailer magazine this January highlighting her professionalism in the decorative painting industry. She was equally thrilled when recently interviewed and filmed by WGN CLTV. Weekend Workbench will air the end of February or the beginning of March, featuring wall textures and what can be done on a weekend—the ‘Honey Do List.’ Be sure to sign up for Kathy’s newsletter and we’ll send out the date and time when she will be on TV! We are excited to share her latest experiences!


The Faux Si-stars

The Faux Si-stars class, taught by expert instructors, Kathy Carroll and Jennifer Ferguson, is designed to provide you with the latest techniques and tools, resulting in twenty spectacular sample boards, that will wow your clients, and make your interior designers take notice.

The material used in this class will be focused on Golden Proceed products, Modern Masters, and the Bella product line. Fabulous new decorative rollers and trowels will also be introduced to help transform your creative experience.

Get excited and inspired to network with fellow artisans, increase your profit margin with high quality sellable samples and learn new techniques or products.

$695 per student
March 20-22
Artistic Painting Studio
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1-800-797-4305
1-714-386-3243


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Would You Like to Be Artisan of the Month?Faux By Kathy Decorative Artisan of the Month

Have you ever wanted to be featured as an Artisan of the Month on our website?  Now’s your chance!  All you have to do to be considered is contact our office.  If you are selected, you will need to be available for a 30 to 45 minute phone interview and provide us with at least 10 pictures of your work, and a picture of yourself to be featured with your article. 

The increased visibility alone is worth it!  What have you got to lose?  Contact us today!


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