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Melanie Royals, President and Creative Director of Modello Designs, is a regular contributor to the decorative finishing industry's  comprehensive magazine, The Faux Finisher.

Below you will find articles from past issues that feature Melanie addressing exciting techniques and ideas for using our products as well as those from our sister company, Royal Design Studio. Enjoy!

The Faux Finisher Summer 2010

Interiors to Inspire - Custom Art in Calgary, Canada

Melanie's article on Jennifer Reichert and Melissa Wagner's special design project using Modellos.

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The Faux Finisher Spring 2010

Aurastone ROCKS the Decorative Painting Industry

Melanie's article on using AurastoneTM  products to enhance portfolios and increase profits in today's ecomomy.

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The Faux Finisher Winter 2010

Artists Are Discovering the Advantages of Online Education

Virtual Workshops with Melanie Royals are featured on page 4 of this extensive article on online education.

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The Faux Finisher Winter 2010

Shining the Spotlight: Barb Skivington

Melanie's article on Barb Skivington/Faux Works. Check out upcoming March 2010 class on European Cabinet Finishes with Barb at Modello Designs Studio!
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The Faux Finisher Fall 2009

Impress for Success!

An inspirational article about building a Moroccan-themed booth for a Miami trade show using Modello patterns throughout.

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 The Faux Finisher Summer 2009

Operation Decoration - Part 3

Chronicles the many patterns and finishes we have used throughout our Modello Designs Headquarters.

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The Faux Finisher Spring 2009

Pattern Plays

Combining traditional stencils with Modello Decorative Masking Patterns can offer the best of both worlds in decorative painting.

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The Faux Finisher Winter 2009

Operation Decoration - Part 2

Chronicles the many patterns and finishes we have used throughout our Modello Designs Headquarters.

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 The Faux Finisher Fall 2008

A Tale of Two Floors

This article details the processes involved in the completion of two of the decorative concrete floors here in our new building.

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The Faux Finisher Summer 2008

Discovering Magical Marrakech

See how the 10 "Peacock Painters", painted, dined and shopped their way through this amazing city on a magical painting adventure.

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The Faux Finisher Spring 2008

Operation Decoration

Come visit our fabulous new studio and office spaces in this article that details some of the amazing surface treatments we've done here with Modellos.

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The Faux Finisher Winter 2008

Bella Toscana
Fond memories of new friends and fabulous painting projects done in Florence, Italy on a group painting trip organized by Melanie Royals, Gary Lord and Alison Wooley of FlorenceArt.net.

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The Faux Finisher Fall 2007

Four Fabulous Fresh Finishes
Step-by-step recipes for create four unique wall treatments by combining fresh, bright colors with stencils and Modellos.

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The Faux Finisher Summer 2007

A Project of Royal Proportions
Modern Masters has commissioned Melanie Royals to create an exclusive line of stencils and Signature Finishes Recipe Cards to compliment their decorative finishing product line.

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The Faux Finisher Spring 2007

Into the Woods
Creating faux marquetry looks with Modellos and water-based gel stains. Perfect for wood floors, paneling, ceilings and furniture.

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The Faux Finisher Winter 2007

Elegant Reflections
Ideas and instructions for incorporating gilded designs into patinated mirrors with Modellos.


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The Faux Finisher Fall 2006

The Art of LIving
Details a project that offered a work/study opportunity to apprentices to create a showcase for the art of architectural finishes while raising funds for breast cancer.

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The Faux Finisher Summer 2006

Discovering Decorative Concrete &
Artful Allover Alternatives

A two-fer article on creating a decorative Modello Concrete Carpet and new ideas for using allover designs.

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The Faux Finisher Spring 2006

Modello Transitional Borders
Bridging spaces with design and decoration using our exclusive line of Transitional Borders.


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The Faux Finisher Spring 2006

A Floor to Remember
This article by Gary Lord of Prismatic Painting Studio details the installation of an intricate Modello pattern on a stained oak floor.

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The Faux Finisher Winter 2006

All That Glitters
Gilt-y pleasures with Modello Decorative Masking Patterns combined with metal leaf, mica powders, gilt cream and more.

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The Faux Finisher Summer 2005

Creating Colorful Concrete Carpets
Using our exclusive Concrete Carpet patterns with SkimStone to create dramatic designs on concrete.


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The Faux Finisher Summer 2005

Colors of the Peacock
Article and instruction from Deb Drager of Artimatrix studio on using the peacock feather motif to create various effects.

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The Faux Finisher Spring 2005

Creative Kick
An inspiring article about Modello customer Joanie Valenti that showcases some amazing work on ceilings and walls.

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The Faux Finisher Winter 2005

A Brush with Antiquity & Make an Impression
A two-fer article on recreating Pompein styles of decoration with stencils and using Modello patterns as "impressions"

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The Faux Finisher Summer 2003

The Many Shades of Stenciling
How many different looks can you get from one design?? Find out as Melanie explores 6 different options for an allover pattern.

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The Faux Finisher Spring 2002

Wall to Wall Stenciling
This article talks about how to approach an allover stencil design in a room and offers techniques to make it easy and elegant!

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Other Publications

 

Los Angeles Times - Home & Garden - LA AT HOME 

DIY: Teresa Keith's elaborate month-long stenciling project

Stair stenciling project inspired by Melanie Royals.

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Artisphere Summer 2009

Magical Marrakech

An artist's journey of discovery, creativity and camaraderie.

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Paint & Wallcovering Contractor March 2009

Wooden Wonders

Modello Designs Marquetry Masking System for wood floors and cabinetry was featured in an article in the March 2009 issue of Paint and Wallcovering Contractor.

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