Dimensional wall panels review from CSI Wall Panels, Art studio wall treatment DIY

using wall panels for art wall

I was recently offered the opportunity to review CSI wall panels
and they provided me with a box of their unique textured wall tiles
for the purpose of this review.

If you are not familiar with CSI their website states
"CSI Wall Panels is a leading designer, manufacturer and installer of
 decorative wall panels offering solutions for an impactful and rich outcome 
to the space that tells your story on the walls."

I was excited to use them because they are eco friendly,
have an A+ rating on VOC emissions, are paintable and lightweight.
Sounds perfect.

art studio wall makeover
I had recently been mulling over solutions to better photograph
my pieces like this botanical mosaic and this sounded like the ideal solution.

In my home studio, I already have a good sized wall space with two windows
opposite for great natural light but as you can see, hanging different sized art pieces to 
video and photograph has left a messy wall with lots of different nails, 
hooks and smudges... not cool.

how to cover nail holes in wall diy
See what I mean?
I can edit them out in photos but it really doesn't look 
pretty or professional in my Youtube videos.

textured mdf wall panels box
I chose the textured basketweave design and received 10 panels 
in the box. The panels are 19.68" x 19.68" and made of MDF wood fiber.
3mm thick on flat areas and up to 1/2" on dimensional areas.

mdf thin textured wall panels
They are very thin and lightweight.

spray primer for textured wall panels
As shown in above pic, they come in the natural MDF color so I 
started by priming with Rustoleum spray primer in white.

painting textured wall panels before installation
I decided to go with neutral white in semi gloss and rolled on
a couple of coats after the primer.

diy installing textured wall panels csi
You simply draw out level lines vertically and horizontally to 
start placing the panels. I'm only using 9 of the 10 panels to create a 
background of 3 panels across and 3 panels tall which is just
about a 5 foot square on my wall.

construction adhesive
You can use any construction adhesive to place the panels on the wall.
We started with this Loctite construction adhesive but then went with
Liquid Nails because it seemed to hold and set up more quickly.

basketweave wall design
Of course you can create an entire textured wall with these panels
that would look amazing, they have a lot of different designs.

textured mdf wall panels
This painted square is a great solution for me and
I can easily hide nail holes and touch up with paint if needed.

If I were applying a focal area like this in the home, I would
probably frame the entire piece in wood for a finished look but
in this case, the edges won't be seen.

spray painted nails to disguise them
If you were placing these in your home and needed to hang something
on the panels, you would probably want to use the Command type removeable
adhesive/hooks instead of drilling a hole.
For my wall, I intend on placing the majority of my nails in the 
middle seam to camouflage holes. I spray painted a few nails white so 
that if any happened to be captured in a video, they won't be noticeable.

csi wall panels textured wall panels
The textured design looks great.

crab mosaic on textured wall
I tested it out by hanging my latest crab mosaic.

csi wall panels on gallery wall
I'm so happy with the look. It's clean, yet interesting and unobtrusive
for photographing my mosaics and the best part...no more 
nail holes and smudges.
Thanks for reading!

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Abstract and Colorful Flower Paintings and Mini Paintings

colorful dragonfly painting
Happy 2017!

I started this year by lightening up and having a little fun with 
some colorful paintings.

dragonfly with graffiti wings
I've worked with layering paint to create designs before like this

distressed table leg dragonfly
show how to create this look using a block of wood and paint.

recycled architectural angel sculpture with layered paint finish
I used the same block painting technique on this 
recycled architectural angel to give it an antique feel.

A few months ago while in bed with a cold, I watched 
Carrie Schmitt Surprise Garden online video course. 
It's about an hour long and well worth the $20 bucks.
It gets your mind flowing about different ways to utilize
paint layering techniques.

colorful bug paintings
I started with these three.
They were painted on 16 x 16 cradled wood panels that I made.
See the video on my You Tube Channel.

scarab beetle painting

colorful flower painting

textured gold leaf beetle painting

textured dragonfly painting
A dragonfly...

fun, colorful dragonfly painting
I added gold metal leafing for a little sparkle.

colorful flower painting
It's fun seeing what direction the painting takes you.

abstract dragonfly painting
Second dragonfly (sold)

flower and vine painting

colorful flower painting
I love the colors and texture in these.

textured abstract flower paintings
This pair is made on 12 x 24 canvas. Sold individually but 
they look great together. See them in my shop or check them 
out on You Tube.

whimsical flowers
Lots of orange and pinks in this flower painting.

layered paint flowers

textured painting

whimsical flower paintings
Perfect for the colorful home, a nursery or girl's room.
See it on Etsy.

abstract layered paint


abstract flowers



Fresh Art...
Oh! I just added these adorable mini paintings to the shop too.
They are 4" x 4" canvases, include a mini wood easel and 
FREE First Class shipping.
See them all under "mini paintings" section in my shop.

mini dragonfly painting
The perfect size for a desk, bedside, dresser or shelf and just right
for gift giving.

gift wrap option
Thanks for taking a look!

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Have a colorful day!

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