Marrakech Walls and the atelier
Posted on: 13-03-2018
Creating the concrete look with Marrakech Walls
After seeing many tutorials, wondering which one would be the best. I've decided to work with the technique Marrakech Walls (<3) from Pure & Original - a Dutch painting company.
We ordered the color White Rhino because we didn't want the wall to be to dark. I figured out that I could always make the picture darker while editing. Pure & Original had lot's of examples on their website and a clear tutorial, fast delivery (with free stir sticks!) and is not to expensive. It's not the cheapest way to paint your walls, but it's the cheapest and best quality to go for a concrete look.
At first, you need to add a primer in the same color. You can also go for a darker primer than your main layer, so you can become a little bit more shading. When the primer is dry, it's playtime! The paint of the main layer is very thick, so you need to add some water while stirring. When the paint is ready, you need to add a thick layer on the wall and then make the texture with a scoop (you can buy this one on the website of Pure & Original.) This way you can decide if the shades are rather rough or soft, repeat themselves or not…
It's a dreamwork made by teamwork, one brings on the paint - the other plays with the scoop.
Sanding the wall for a smooth finish
After the paint is dry, you use a light grain of sandpaper to edit the wall. With the sanding, you create more shades and can remove some tracks from painting. You don't need to worry, the sanding is better for the wall and makes it very soft and nice to touch. On the website of Pure & Original are all the different kinds of colors and techniques to make this look happen:
The first photo´s with Marrakech Walls
After working comes the best part: my first shoot in the atelier. My head is clear for any inspiration because I am constantly surrounded by my props and the environment is equipped for shootings. It's so much easier to work. I love to work with talented photographers and never underestimate their job. But I honestly can not resist to take some pictures myself. It's just some portfolio work from my food styling or floral art and mostly it's just recreation. A relaxed and easy way to do some styling and take some pictures. It keeps me focused and creative in a non-stressed way and it helps me to constantly see and make new images.
I live for challenging myself and sometimes it goes a bit to far. But this is my gentle way of doing that.
A quote of mine
-- Never lose your inner child.
Jana Rymen is stylist at Studio Kroes.
My path as a stylist has been quite varied and textured, which I am grateful for. I’ve seen most sides of the field – from advertising campaigns and TV commercials, to commissioning photography to matching moodboards for interiors. What drives me is dismantling the context, the narrative. This is how I've created my own playful style. I'd like to put my projects in a new perspective and look at it with a funny eye. I'd like to stand close to the product, get to know it and tell the story of why it originated. I’m interested in creating content with substance and value.