Laura Brewer has been teaching and working in the creative and decorative arts industry for over twenty years. Many students have been taking workshops with Laura since she opened her first store, Primrose Cottage, in 1992. They know that Laura is dedicated to providing exceptional and thorough instruction that is fun and inspires her students’ creative energies to flow.
The last few years have been full of exciting changes... including a big move to Mesa, AZ!
In Fall 2011, after over 20 years of serving the South Orange County, CA area, Laura moved to Mesa, AZ. Her husband, Joe, had been transferred with Boeing to their Mesa site. Laura continued to commute back to CA to teach in her Laguna Niguel studio for the next two years.
Then in October 2012, Laura became a vendor at The Rustic Hutch in Mesa, selling painted furniture and furniture painting supplies. In January 2013, The Rustic Hutch expanded, which created a wonderful space for Laura to open a studio and begin offering workshops.
In June 2013, Laura relocated her Laguna Niguel studio to become a part of a part of a delightful shop in Orange...Dragonfly Shops and Gardens. Although she is no longer a retail vendor at Dragonfly, Laura continues to bring many of her most popular workshops to Dragonfly. Her workshops are listed here as well as on the Dragonfly Shops and Gardens website. Dragonfly is well known for the awesome workshops they offer to their customers. As you begin browsing our workshop calendar, you may notice that our workshop offerings are very eclectic! One of Laura’s passions is to create an environment where students find and express their “inner artist”...whether it be through participating in one of our professional, Advanced or DIY faux finishing workshops or our decorative arts workshops which include painting, mosaic, collage, decoupage, stencilling, mixed-media art, soldered art, precious metal clay, jewelry-making and more. Come join us for these workshops and "Unleash your Inner Artist!" Whether you are a seasoned professional faux finisher or a homeowner who wants to learn DIY finishes and techniques, Laura’s goal is to provide the techniques, nuances, tools and products needed to re-create and execute cabinet and wall finishes on real-world surfaces with confidence!
At Studio Primrose, we believe it is imperative that only the finest products should be used for all projects. Therefore, we are excited to be affiliated with Modern Masters, Inc. as one of their international network of Platinum Training Centers (PTC), offering workshops in Shizen Japanese plasters, Bellezza authentic venetian plasters, and awesome metallic plasters, paints, glazing products and more. Because working with materials that are both people and eco-friendly has always been one of Laura’s personal goals, it really can’t get much better!
Furniture painting is so easy with American Paint Company Clay-Chalk paints. These chalk and clay based paints are such fun to work with and come in awesome colors! Minimal prep is required for most surfaces, and they are people and eco-friendly too.
Olde Century Simulated Milk Paints create gorgeous furniture and cabinet painted finishes. Laura has been working with these paints for over 20 years!
Laura loves playing in "mud". So creating and teaching concrete overlay countertops using Skimstone and Milestone products are just a natural! Please refer to the Advanced Faux page of our website for in-depth descriptions of our Professional and advanced workshops. Architexture Inc’s "The New Fresco" Tattoowall certification workshops will be on the Fall calendar.
We are always searching for great tools and products that make the project easier while maintaining the high level of quality finishes that clients expect and deserve.