Painting and Decorative painting are quite basically two different words with different meanings. Painting being a skillful art of technically applying paints on a surface with the aim of beautifying, maintaining, and protecting the surface and also to communicate through a surface as the case may be.
Decorative Painting on the other hand is a skillful art of creating patterns, designs and effects on a particular surface with the use of paint. Reading between the lines from the two definitions given, one should quickly denote that “Painting” has more to do with the fundamentalities compared to Decorative painting so; it is not advisable to dive into learning and establishing a career in Decorative painting without a good background in Painting.
Painting in this part of the world is condensed that is, a vast number of individuals, corporate organizations and public agencies are already involved in the trade. This is not to say its lucrativeness is reducing in any way but is to create an awareness that competition is very much in the painting trade and the only way to survive this depends on your level of competence, business and marketing skills. It is pertinent to also note that, despite this, most of the general public has a misconception and perception about the trade. This misperception arise from the opinion that to practice painting, one doesn’t have to pass through a kind of structured education therefore, low respect is awarded to most of those who practice the trade. Although, this absurd perception of the trade is significantly reducing as a result of efforts made by the stakeholders in the trade to educate the public and also establish some conducts that would raise the reputation of the profession.
Painting has to be learned because there are principles that guide its practice and only if these principles are learned and imbibed, on would never achieve an excellent painting or like a painting veteran would say “Finesse”.
Decorative painting is speedily gaining ground in this part of the world but it is yet to be commonly practiced at its advanced stage of practice. Only few have broader knowledge of the practice of this advanced stage and this is predominantly because of their ability to manufacture or create designs and finishes with various specialized paints an average decorative painter is not used to. Most of these finishes are not yet common in this part of the world and this is what makes them special. Examples of these finishes are Bagging, Sooso, Swahilli, Denim and so on. The technicalities involved in the creation of this designs require thorough procedures backed up by a good experience in Painting and this is why as mentioned in the prologue of this article “it is not advisable to dive into learning and establishing a career in Decorative painting without a good background in Painting”.
Akinbode Stephen G
Builders’ Hub Construction College.