Working over drywall, Keren Navarro installed a niche and applied several coats of thin overlay cement and chemical stains to enhance the design and to provide the color.
Working over drywall, Keren Navarro installed a niche and applied several coats of thin overlay cement and chemical stains to enhance the design and to provide the color.

Navarro brings a wide background of intercultural and business experiences to her work. She has worked as an ice cream cake sculptor, a creator of window displays, and a faux painter. When she started her company, her intent was to teach faux painting techniques, but she became interested in overlay cement and added the medium along with chemical stains to her repertoire. For her demo, Navarro applied micro-overlay cement in several layers to create texture and interest over drywall attached to a wood frame. With overlay cement she constructed a niche into the wall along with vines, twigs, and leaves. Adding color with chemical stain brought all the elements together and gave an aged appearance to her work. On the floor slab she applied overlay cement toppings and hand-carved cobblestone paving patterns.