Royal Design Studio

A leading authority and creative innovator in the decorative finishing and stencil field for 20 years, Melanie Royals is the President and Creative of Royal Design Studio Stencils and Modello Designs Decorative Masking Stencils. Melanie has appeared on numerous home improvement programs on HGTV, Hallmark, and Discovery channels. She has created over 25 instructional videos on stenciling and decorative arts and authored several books, including Painted Illusions and Trompe L’oeil Murals Using Stencils.

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COURSE: How to Antique a Mirror
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Patina is the result of the process of oxidation on certain metals and glass; changing the material’s appearance over time, making it appear aged or tarnished. But with the process of patination you can also intentionally create beautiful designs or patterns on a surface, by using chemicals to speed up the oxidation process. Learn how make attractive custom art pieces for your home in this three part series from Royal Design Studio. Begin by familiarizing yourself with the chemicals and tools!

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Looking to add luxury and style to your home’s décor? Consider using antiqued mirrors for a do-it-yourself project that is customizable and won’t break the bank! Royal Design Studio is here to get your started, with advice on how to learn and practice the technique using inexpensive mirror tiles, and how to remove the paint from the back of the mirror, creating the perfect blank canvas for your patination. Master these basic skills for endless home decorating possibilities!

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Now that you know how to strip the paint from a piece of mirror, learn how to add patina to create a distinctive and customizable art piece for your home! In this third installment of the three part series by Royal Design Studio, Melanie demonstrates how to add patina using two techniques (wipe and saturation), and explains the advantages and disadvantages of each. After this lesson you’ll be able to add patina, and know when to arrest the patination process, for a design as unique as yourself.

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COURSE: How to Etch Glass
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Learn how to create unique and elegant gifts by etching designs into mirrors and glass! This is the first of two lessons on glass and mirror etching from Royal Design Studio and gets you started by teaching you: what tools you will need; how to prepare your materials; basic safety tips; and how to apply your patterns to the mirror or glass. The techniques shown here for burnishing vinyl patterns can be used to secure any sticker or taped design you want etched into a mirror or glass.

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Need an original and classy gift? Learn to etch a custom design into mirrors and glass! This is the second of two lessons in a series on glass and mirror etching from Royal Design Studio and shows you how to create a safe workspace, how to use a trowel to apply etching cream to your glass evenly, and how to quickly remove your etching cream to avoid disrupting your design. These etching techniques can be used to frost images onto glass, slate, marble, or porcelain.

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