Thursday, November 01, 2007

Decorative Painting with Spirit

I recently learned about a painting technique called Lazure. Here is a description of the the technique from

What is Lazure?
"....An unusual, more spiritually oriented painting technique, separate from sponging, ragging and typical glazing is the Lazure technique. Color is a vital consideration in 'tuning' a room for its intended use...the white surface behind lazure color reflects light back through the layers of glaze making the colors appear to be 'in the space' rather than simply on the wall ... The combined colors in the lazure method weave an enlivening variety for the human eye and Spirit. Never intruding, always inviting, the colors interplay with the subtle nuances of Nature, creating a depth not normally present on most interior walls."
From Home Design from the Inside Out
by Robin Lennon

There is something about this finish that I'm really drawn to. Here is further explanation from Danielle at Living Spaces.

"Lazure was developed by Rudolf Steiner for the purpose of not only bringing beautiful color into the room but to bring nourishment to the human spirit. The Lazurist must be able to bring a meditation stillness to the painting process. When this is achieved the walls will be imbued with beauty and a tremendous good feeling."

I think this is a great finish for childrens rooms and yoga/meditation rooms. True Lazure has to be done with at least 2 people using pure pigments and rhythmical movements. With some help from my friends, I'm going to give this technique a try on a wall in my son's room. We'll see how it goes!! ; )