One of the things I've loved about working with footwear materials is the gorgeous texture of authentic leathers. Sadesa, Prime Asia and Simona have some amazing specialty leathers and nubucks with various effects applied. Recently I've taken on the task of adding texture and effects to some of my walls with the help of my designer friend, Michele Kler. We decided on a plaster skip trowel technique in the kitchen-family area. I love how the second glaze coat brings out the nuances of the "artistically applied" home made italian-looking plaster.
The second effect is a tissue paper texture in the bathrooms with a copper metallic finish in one, and a gold finish in the other. They resemble the look of a metallic, distressed leather. Both of these processes are time-consuming, however, the elegant outcome is well worth the effort.
I still need to take some great pictures - to be posted later.
View some of Michele's work here: