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Jones often tries to imitate the work of Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), a Russian-born artist and accomplished musician who many refer to as the father of abstract art.When trying to come up with designs, “Don’t be afraid to look at artwork and transfer that design onto a floor,” suggests Gary Jones of Colormaker Floors. “It can be part of a picture, as little as one square inch.”

Campout Centers on Concrete Boat Building

group boating on a concrete boat created at the Mendo MiniAbout 20 people gathered together Sept. 27-30 in Manchester, California, a town about three hours north of San Francisco, for the third annual Mendo Mini Campout and Boat Build.

Nashville Nightclub Receives Decorative Coating Makeover

Overlay floor in blues and maroon in Nashville, Tenn.The historical structure that now houses the Nashville Dinner Theatre has always attracted attention. During Prohibition times, people slyly used a tunnel in the building to transport alcohol to area nightclubs. Today, it attracts crowds for its dinner shows and performances by local vocalists.

Using Your Concrete Cutting Saw Skills

Concrete contractor using edge grinder with diamond blade to saw cut detail in a concrete slab.Cary Grant — the Las Vegas decorative-concrete impresario, not the Hollywood movie icon — has crafted dramatic masterpieces through his company, Floor Seasons, that could be considered Oscar-worthy, if there was a decorative concrete category.

Modern Mosaic Artwork Livens San Diego's Landscape

Lemon slice lithomosaic, small rocks embedded in concrete to make a shape.“It was back-breaking work,” says the owner of Brailsford Public Art in San Diego about placing colored aggregate piece by piece into wet concrete on a job site. She was working with Shaw & Sons’ Lithocrete system which incorporates a means to create a scattered aggregate pattern on a concrete surface.

Designer Cast-iron Drain Covers from Iron Age Designs

Cast-iron decorative concrete grate creates visual appeal beside curb.Decorative cast iron grates look impressive. But too often, they’re also expensive, so they aren’t considered for any projects but those with the largest budgets. A company called Iron Age Designs hopes to change that.

Using Stencils to Expand Artistry in Decorative Concrete

Applying a stencil to a floor creating an artistic look when artistic talent is lacking.Because their artistry is computer-generated, stencils empower every contractor to create stunning works of art regardless of artistic talent. It is amazingly simple to produce logos, images, and artistic effects with exact detail and concrete industry has an arsenal of magnificent images ready to order.

A Concrete Tree Celebrates the Branches of a Family-Owned Business

Steven Ochs Smith Paints concrete treeBeing next door to the Artistry in Concrete competition at the World of Concrete 2015, Steven Ochs knew he had to bring his A game to the Smith Paint Products booth. Ochs, a decorative concrete artisan and chairman of the department of art and design for Southern Arkansas University, presented several designs to the Brunners, owners of the family-run business.

Engraved Zodiac a Perfect Fit for Asian Restaurant in British Columbia

Engraved Zodiac calendar on a concrete floor that is stained and colored to depict the different signs.For those of us who remember how trendy the whole zodiac thing was in the 1970s, it’s fun to see it pop up now and again. Here’s an example, a stained and engraved zodiac pattern on concrete in a Chinese-style restaurant called Temptasian in Vernon, British Columbia.

How Spirit Stone Merged Concrete and Art

spirit stone leaf pendantsFor a man who’s been into concrete as far back as he can remember, the business has changed a lot since he ran Carl Concrete Construction in Greensboro, North Carolina. Now co-owner of Spirit Stone, Bill Carl has moved away from the traditional uses of concrete to its more artistic side.

Vertical Carving Artist Creates Themed Spaces

Vertical Concrete Creations from Nampa, IdahoBeing in the construction industry his whole life, Dion Battles made the unsurprising leap to decorative concrete, specifically the vertical carving and theming part of the industry, after the nationwide recession hit the residential building industry hard in 2007.

Artisan Recreates Masterpieces with Colored Concrete

Concrete painting made with thinned out concrete.When Christina Arnall signed up for Ben Ashby’s advanced countertop class in Las Vegas about four years ago, she had no idea it would lead to an epiphany. It began when Ashby introduced the group to his ½-inch admix being used to create a shower panel and they decided to color it blue.

Colors Come in Warm and Cool Hues

Black is not just black. When used full strength, it's a warm black. When diluted, it becomes a cooler brown. Think about that for a second.Talking to a client about color choices can be difficult. Many times, clients say they want brown, which is about the vaguest statement a client can make. In the last article, we focused on asking if they wanted it to be light or dark. This time we want to know if they want a warm or a cool brown. Warm and cool attributes are very much like lights and darks.

Joints: Control Your Concrete Cracks

After determining how far apart you should place the concrete control joints, how deep should you cut them? Well, that all depends on whom you ask.Tips for mastering the art of joint placement in a concrete slab.

Scoring and Staining Concrete for Geometric Designs

How staining concrete can look like geometric tile.The idea that you can take three connected “squares,” change the color for all three and make them appear to be two walls and a floor is pretty cool.

Concrete Project Puts Columbus on the Map in Memphis

Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue under the flag of Spain, a country ruled in the 15th century by the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella.Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue under the flag of Spain, a country ruled in the 15th century by the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella. But do you know what nation Columbus called home?

Not that tough on the scale of trivia challenges, right? Columbus hailed from Genoa, now part of Italy.

Land of 10,000 Lakes Inspires Carved Concrete Mural

Sisters Cindee Lundin and Chenoa Pickrain were raised on a dairy farm near Perham, Minnesota. Lundin is an expert in faux finishing and horizontal and vertical carved concrete. Pickrain is a graphic designer and photographer.Sisters Cindee Lundin and Chenoa Pickrain were raised on a dairy farm near Perham, Minnesota. Lundin is an expert in faux finishing and horizontal and vertical carved concrete. Pickrain is a graphic designer and photographer.

Magicraftsman: Roch Fautch, Spokane, Washington

GFRC deck that looks like treesGrowing up in the mountains on a remote piece of property near Spokane, Washington, was just the setting needed to instill a limitless imagination, work ethic and determination into Roch (pronounced Rock) Fautch.

New Sculpture Adds Stealth to Art Center in Atlanta

red truck with construction The new 33-foot-high sculpture in Atlanta, Georgia's Midtown Arts Center looks like a metal monolith with sharp edges and stunning curves, but it's not.

Designing a Basic Tile Pattern on Concrete

Rick Lobdell puts design into the concrete overlay.Now that summer is here I’m in full design mode on multiple projects that mostly involve basic tile patterns. Since I’m back in major math mode, I thought I’d share a challenging design project I did a couple of years ago for a client in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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