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Quick Inspiration Kits

Are you in need of new samples?  Lack the time to create your own?  FBK gives you what you need.  Quick Inspiration and it is making its début this December.  Perfect for the busy artisan who wants to update their portfolio and inspire their customers.  The Quick Inspiration kit is delivered to your door each month.  Each exciting sample kit includes a new 9 x 10 sample each month with a recipe for the finish.  In addition each recipe includes three 3 x 3 color waves.  What a great addition to your portfolios without the demands on your time!

Call now for your Quick Inspiration kit.  For the most cost effective savings, you can purchase a 12 month supply for $260, and you will receive a new, exciting Quick Inspirations kit each month delivered right to your door.  Or if you decide you would like to try out Quick Inspirations one month here or there, place your order for $27.50 per month.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Launching Pittura Magazine

Pittura Magazine is an online magazine catering to the decorative arts trades, and even better, it will be freeBeginning in March 2011 a new and valuable resource will become available to you.  Pittura Magazine is an online magazine catering to the decorative arts trades, and even better, it will be free.  That’s right, free!  All you have to do is visit pitturaplatform.com to register and you will have access to all new and archived issues of this online quarterly publication at no cost to you.

Pittura Magazine will provide its readers with access to information from experts in the business, such as our own Kathy Carroll.  All facets of the decorative arts trades will be represented including fine arts, decorative painting, plaster, concrete, airbrush and more.  Along with informational articles provided by experts in the business, there will also be a healthy dose of nostalgia and humor.  Entertaining enough for the novice or customer seeking out an artisan, engaging and educational for the professional, Pittura Magazine is poised to provide it all. 

Kathy’s Corner will feature Faux By Kathy and the Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes’ own Kathy Carroll.  Kathy will be acting as the paint and plaster expert for the magazine.  You can look forward to receiving valuable advice and inspiration from Kathy in the upcoming issues.

With so many experts all in one place, Pittura Magazine will be like attending a convention in the comfort of your own home.  Don’t miss out, sign up for your free subscription today!

Martinis      Martinis     Martinis   

The Open Décor Show is approaching and the festive atmosphere of Kathy Carrol’s martini themed class is almost here.  The show is being held February 3rd – 6th at the beautiful Naples Beach Resort in Naples, FL.  Kathy’s martini class will consist of several beneficial key highlights:

  • create 12 – 14 different hot, new, highly sellable samples
  • work with new, exciting products
  • expand your portfolio
  • network with other professionals
  • enjoy a martini!

Open Decor Show in Naples Beach Florida Decorative Artisan ClassesTo sign up for the private martini class call Faux By Kathy to register.  The cost is $550 which includes two days, February 3rd and 4th with the martini party beginning directly after the class.  The classes will begin at 9am and end at 5pm.  This cost also includes the $25 registration fee for the Open Décor Show.  Hors d’oeuvres will also be served.  Bon appetite!

Open Decor Show in Naples Beach Florida Certified Boldstone ClassesIn addition to the martini class, Kathy is also teaching the BoldStone Preferred Installer course.  In this course you will learn everything there is to know about BoldStone.  This is simply not to be missed!  Cutting edge in its field, this new product is made from recycled granite.  It is a fraction of the cost, time and technique to install.  To learn more about this exciting new product visit www.boldstone.com .  Come join Kathy Carroll at the Open Décor Show in February for a highly rewarding and enjoyable time! 

For more information on classes and costs please visit www.opendecorshow.com

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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