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Melanie Royals

Foilin’ Around with Metallic Foils

Metallic Foils are smokin’ hot! They’ve been around the decorative painting world for years, but I’ve just started playing around with them a year or so ago. Sometimes, I’m a little slow to get to the table….but now I’m a certified foil addict and it seems like every new surface finish I start involves the thought, “hmmmm, how can I get some foil into this…”



SO, when it came time to create some new finishes to teach to our artist group in Italy, out came the foils. I wanted to do something cool (and quick) so hit on the idea of using stencils to create a multi-layer foil finish in JUST ONE LAYER.



On some of them, I expanded by going back and highlighting the pattern with some additional color and on some used the reverse image I was able to get with the foil after applying in through the stencil.


It’s WAY cool!


So, I taught two of these new finishes at our class in Italy, and everyone’s samples turned out awesome-and we discovered even MORE options.


One of our group, Pattie Nickel, loved these techniques SO much she did this fabulous accent wall almost immediately after unpacking her bags.


Isn’t this just “WOW”?! She used one of our most popular stencil patterns, the Foliate Damask Allover stencil. I’m working on some instructional material and “recipes” for these techniques to include a mini-book and DVD that I hope to have in time for the IDAL Convention in July, so I’ll be foilin’ around in my studio quite a bit in the next few weeks…..


  1. Wow, love Patti’s wall!!!

  2. Thersa B Giffin

    “slow” is not a word I would ever associate with you. Sorry I missed this trip, I’m looking forward to hearing about the next one.

    Patti, lovely work.

  3. Can’t wait for the mini book and DVD! Will it be available even if a person does not attend IDAL this year?
    Btw, I agree with Thersa… slow does not come to mind with Melanie, EVER!!!
    Keep on foilin’

  4. Melanie

    Maybe “late” would have been a better choice of words. I’m ALWAYS late!! Yes, they will be available as many places as possible, LOL.

  5. WOW!!!
    Gorgeous,fascinating effects…foilicious!! Look forward to the mini-book of recipes!
    Love the finishes shown here…they’re gourmet!

  6. The pillows look great. You rock Pattie….I still don’t know where you find the time. Love the stencil foil method Melanie showed us in Italy.

  7. Absolutely love these foil samples!!! I think I am going to have to take a class. I am a little puzzled as to how you obtain the black outlines – is this a separate stencil that I have to buy? or…is there a trick that I am not aware of.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Carmen Benoit

  8. Love, love, LOVE all your techniques!!!!

  9. Great work! We have recently hosted an exhibition on these kind of painting craftworks at laba.biz and it was a real success!

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