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Design Essentials

Designing your living or working space is an exciting and fun, but often daugnting task. How to pull all those ideas together in a cohesive style. A style that is you, a space where you can live, work, laugh and play. There may not be one 'golden key' to unlock all your creativity, but there are some great resources at your finger tips. At artSparx we're commited to providing the support and resources to help you turn your dreams into reality.

Design Styles


Elements of Style

Piecing it Together

Color Design

Understanding Color

Decorative Effects

Faux Fun


Think it...Make it!

Skills to Master

Build it...Fix it!

Building a strong design foundation will create the framework for your success. We've created 6 essential design portals to help quide you on your pathway to success. Explore at your own pace. Focus on one section, or absorb them all. There is no 'one' way to design. Just be true to your feelings, rely on your instincts, build the proper tool kit through exploration, learning and 'getting your hands dirty', and your passions will spill into the world around you.

Design Styles - Plan where you want to play: Exploring differnet styles of design, whether its historic, geographic or thematic, helps you understand what feels right for you. No point in investing in a beautiful place if you and your family don't feel comfortable living in it.

Elements of Style - How will your spaces be used? What are the key features you are looking for. Will the room be a social or private space. Hardwood or carpet, what type of furniture and lighting is most appropriate? Understanding the function of the space allows you to thoughfully expore the elements that combine in a room to realize your personal style.

Color Design - Designing with Color. Using color takes a good eye, a little know how, and a creative imagination. At artSparx we've developed a color program that will help you solve all your color challenges.

Decorative Effects - Making your style your own is more than choosing the right furniture or throw pillow. Exploring the flea markets or your grandmothers attic is where you'll find some of the best stuff. Make it your own!.

Step-by-Step turorials - Now that you got this design thing down, branch out. Share what you can do by creating new and amazing things that help other find their style.

Skills to Master - Your tools are your strength. Be it knowledge, experience or basic ingenuity, the artSparx 'Skils to Master' helps lay the foundation for all you create.

Oil Gilding Video Tutorial

Quick Dry oil size gilding. This detailed demonstration shows you how to apply genuine gold, Silver, imitation gold, aluminum and copper leaf to objects and furniture using the classic 3 hour oil size method. Brought to you by the folks at, you'll learn about types of adhesive, testing for 'tack' and drying rates, easy leaf application tips and cleaning and burnishing the leaf.

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Pre-mixed Glazes

Ready, set, GO!

Getting going with these premixed glazes. Select one of our pre-mixed glaze colors or create your own. We custom mix any color from all major paint manufacturers. Just pick your own color from any swatch book and let us know the paint name and number and we'll send you the right glaze - interior or exterior - custom matched to your liking.

Create classic effects such as colorwashing, dragging, striee, antiquing effects, furniture effects and much more!

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