Lee Gamble's work highlights the impact that stencils are beginning to have on decorative concrete.
Lee Gamble's work highlights the impact that stencils are beginning to have on decorative concrete.

Gamble's inspiration for this work came from Japanese books about kimono patterns. She used curving lines to separate the different patterns in a combination of geometric, curving, and floral blocks. Some areas were layered with different patterns, and there were different scales between patterns. Volunteers who helped with this work included Kari Caldwell and Melanie Royal. They used paper patterns to lay out the work for diamond cutting, 4-inch angle grinders with diamond blades for cutting pattern lines, adhesive Modello stencils to mask a pattern for the application of colored trowel-down overlays, chemical stains, water-based stains, dyes, and gel acids. An application of a yellow-brown water-based dye as a finishing touch unified the different patterns and colors. Finally, everything was protected with a water-based sealer.

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