Everything our specialist scenic artist knows about paint.
Updated: Oct 22, 2018
1. Tell me who you are and what you do for Revivalist UK?
I have a degree in visual arts and have trained in theatre as a scenic painter.
I work closely with Designers to create the paint effects and finishes they desire. I work on a variety of things from creating wall art to producing paint finishes on furniture, doing this allows me to create things which are always unique and stylish. The specialist painter/designer team combination means the possibilities are always limitless!
2. Can you tell me about the first time you used paint creatively and how it made you feel?
The first time I used paint I was at school in art class and I had to create a glaze effect on a clay pot I had made. The glazed effect I produced was cloudy when I painted it on the pot, but when it came out of the kiln the glaze was a different colour. This made me feel very excited and happy and I guess it must have made 11 year old me very curious about colour and painting.
3. What do you love about paint and why is it special to you?
I love the endless possibilities of using paint; how it can completely transform something, how it can make us feel and how it can change our mood.
To interpret a design is a challenge, its problem solving-from mixing the right combination of colours to creating the essence of the design. It’s all about translating. I always think ‘how do I do this?’ and ‘how can I achieve this effect?’ Sometimes you don’t even know where to start, but that’s part of the fun and the challenge.
Paint is special to me personally because it allows me to be part of a creative team from concept right through to production. I love being part of the chain.
4. Does paint have any properties or facts that surprise you or that you find interesting?
Painting can be a challenge as sometimes paint will work with you and sometimes it will work against you. Painting can also be very unpredictable which makes it exciting. Things always vary when you apply different substances together in different combinations, and it’s interesting how different materials with different properties react together.
A good example is how using different equipment or changing how the paint is applied can produce completely different effects. It is all about consistency, how the paint reacts to different surfaces, other substances, the environment, how it reacts if the ambient is too hot, too dry, too cold or dusty. Is the surface you are painting on slippery, rough, or absorbent? Mixing different materials can produce a reaction that is not always what you imagine. You sometimes have to change your technique to compensate or adapt to the situation. In the end, you always end up thinking ‘how will I do it next time?’
5. What has been your favourite project that you have worked on?
6. How do you see paint changing or being used differently in the future?
Technology is ever changing and advancing in ecological, health and convenience aspects and therefore paint will continue to develop in the same way too. There is odourless paint, quick drying paint and synthetic paint alternatives. Wallpaper and digital printing are beginning to replace traditional paint but there is nothing like ‘the real deal’. You can never beat proper genuine texture, light and shade.
Even with technical advancements in paint, I think the emotional response will never change. How we respond to colour, not only paint in art but in the spaces we use to brighten peoples lives and make them feel happy, comfortable, nostalgic, creative and sometimes sad.
Paint allows us to transform the environments we spend time in. We are so much more aware and considerate of the importance of colour in our lives. It gives painters/scenic and designers the freedom to express their creativity.
“Paint is magic in a tin.” – Revivalist Scenic Artist 2018