Big News for Briny Irish Pub & Mabel Vittini Mural Artist Team

Big News for Briny Irish Pub & Mabel Vittini Mural Artist Team

There is a buzz around the beachfront of Pompano Beach recently!  You can hear the chatter amongst the locals, staff, frequent visitors and travelers.

The big question is: why did the Briny Irish Pub paint over the iconic Ocean Mural painted by Artist Mabel Vittini on their beach-facing exterior walls??

Let me start from the beginning, and then take you to where we are currently.  First off, Briny Irish Pub is in itself a cornerstone of the Pompano Beach waterfront!  According to their website, they were established in 1945.  I know as a resident for over 20 years, that Briny has long been known for their eclectic and laid-back pub, great live music, food and craft beer menu.  I see over 500 reviews on TripAdvisor…and back to the main subject of my writing…I see pictures of this commissioned mural on everyone’s Instagram when they visit The Briny Irish Pub for the first time!

Mabel Vittini is a Boca Raton native and phenomenal Artist that has worked in South Florida for over 26 years, working in Residential and Commercial settings.  She is renowned for her Rainforest and Wildlife Murals and is one of the most in-demand mural, faux and Decorative Finishes Artist around.  You can find out all you need to know by spending time on her website:

In 2012, The Briny Irish Pub located on the Pompano Beachfront commissioned the Artist Mabel Vittini of VittiArt Decor to create the Ocean Scene on its walls. For all of these 10 years, it has amassed notoriety for both the Pub and Mabel Vittini.

Fast forward to the present – June of 2022: Updated Briny Mural by Artist Mabel Vittini

With new ownership of the Pub in the last couple years, an upgrade to the mural has been agreed upon.  The beautiful mural walls have been painfully painted over in a base color, and the familiar and nostalgic feeling when you pass by is now gone.  It is quite amazing how much an Artists hand and craft can add to creating such a notable visual landmark.  It has been felt by everyone impacted – sadness, disbelief, curiosity, emotional – even a little anger!  But, ahoy – This is only temporary pain!

The Owner’s of the Briny Pub have a vision.  They have met with the original Mural Artist Mabel and her twin sister Liliana whom has been working with VittiArt Decor Full Time since 2018.  They had their first brain-storming session and now the preliminary design approval processes will begin.  The unconfirmed timeline for commencement of the new Mural is Mid-July.

We will keep you updated as to the stages of this process and then the mural progress!  Stay close to our Social Media and Website to keep your finger on the pulse of this exciting new project!  Congratulations to all people involved in the project.

Meet the VittiArt Decor Team by clicking here

TripAdvisor Website Review of Briny Pub in Pompano Beach Mentioning Mabel Vittini's Exterior Wall Mural. This mural has become a treasured trademark of the Pompano Beachside.

TripAdvisor Website Review of Briny Pub in Pompano Beach Mentioning Mabel Vittini’s Exterior Wall Mural. This mural has become a treasured trademark of the Pompano Beachside.


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Glassine Paper for Safe Storage of Artwork

Glassine Paper for Safe Storage of Artwork

Knowledge Corner Tip

I want to pass on some information about Glassine Paper, which tends to fly under the radar as far as trendy products. It is a product I have found to ensure the protection of Art work which I have learned being in this industry for so long.  Both Artist’s and Collector’s should familiarize themselves with the best handling of their Art; there is nothing worse than to see damage to something you cherish.  Items can also be damaged during storage, as elements such as humidity and moisture create havoc on Art pieces.  

What is Glassine?

Glassine is a translucent, smooth and glossy paper, “without tooth”.  A paper’s “tooth” describes the surface feel of paper.  In general, the more tooth a paper has, the rougher it feels.  Glassine is air, grease, and water resistant.  Art quality glassine is pH neutral (i.e. acid free).  Because Glassine has no tooth, it will not abrade delicate drawings.  It is the best paper for protecting delicate Artworks such as acrylics, pastels and charcoal sketches.  For more information, you can check out Wikipedia by clicking here.

Glassine is Eco-Friendly

Glassine paper is taken a step further in the manufacturing process than most paper.  It is run through an extra layer of processing called calendering, in which the paper fibers all flatten facing the same direction.  Glassine paper is environmentally-friendly, it is 100% recyclable, 100% biodegradable – and it starts from 100% sustainably managed forests.  Glassine envelopes are popular with hobbyists and crafters alike.  The transparency of the envelopes mean that they are excellent for storage and for wrapping and selling items.

Is Glassine a Best-Kept Secret?

I went to the local art store and I was surprised to find that not only did they not stock glassine paper, but only one of the staff knew of it. When I asked other Artist’s what they used to interleave between their drawings and/or painting, most replied tissue.  I was a bit surprised since tissue paper generally has tooth, which can seriously damage delicate surfaces.  I buy mine through a vendor where I also buy my gold leaf; click here to view item.

In Conclusion

There really is no substitute for glassine in protecting the surface of Artwork during transport or storage.  Consequently, if you are going to use tape during your packaging of Art process, and it needs to make contact with the Artwork itself; make sure you use Artist tape which will not leave any residue. 

  • You must cover the surface of the Artwork with glassine prior to wrapping in any other protective packaging. 
  • Remember that tissue paper and glassine are not the same!

Mabel Vittini Artist, Lake Worth FL






“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” – Will A. Foster
Great Fixes and Home Improvement Solutions

Great Fixes and Home Improvement Solutions

Great Fixes and Home Improvement Solutions

There is a solution for fixing, improving and getting your Home Decor to blend beautifully…it is an Artist.


I am drawn to write and share some tricks of the trade.  These are some hidden and underlying things that are going on out there that I find many people do not realize is possible…or even a thing to optimize home decor!  Below I am going to point out some of the little extra’s that Vitti Art Decor & Painting gets called to do, or suggests to our customer’s.


Blending in the details of your Home Decor


A fair amount of people, whether it is for their business, home or boat (or any other possible surface!) are looking to take the contrast of fixtures and receptacles out of the home decor equation.  I am referring to those bright white recessed light frames (ie: high hats), air conditioning vents, electrical switches and outlet covers. Sometimes it is even a chandelier that stands out like a sore thumb. Now of course, if your ceiling is white, the recessed lights and AC vents are not going to stand out.  However, If you have some color or a faux finish, then those frames are going to stand out harshly.

high hats painted to blend with ceiling color

High hats (recessed lighting) painted to blend with ceiling color

faux receptacle outlet switches to blend with backsplash

Matching the color of existing granite backsplash and painting the electrical outlets to disappear.

faux receptacle outlet switches to blend with backsplash.

Matching the color of existing granite backsplash and painting the electrical outlets to disappear.

Chandelier faux to blend into room color

Faux chandelier in a metallic paint with a color that will blend into the existing room color.


Improving the Fine accents and details of your Home Decor


Another reason you want to hold your reliable and talented Artist close, is when you want to enhance certain fine elements you may already have installed.  Let’s say you have a marble floor; well an upgrade to the beauty and continuation of this element would be to faux-marble all the baseboards and/or staircase that abut to it.  This continuation completes the room nicely.

faux marble painting of baseboard to match existing marble counter top.

Faux Marbling of baseboard to match existing marble counter top.


There is rejuvenated life after damage to your Home


Have you ever been in the predicament of water damage, blunt force damage to walls or even just the random touch-up from knicks and scratches?  We are called into many a home that has had some type of damage and required massive replacement or repairs to painted surfaces.  Consequently, after the repair, the client needs us to re-match the existing color paint and re-create the faux or faux-woodgrain to match.  If you are lucky and only have touch-ups throughout, rest assured that we can make those areas disappear like they never happened.

Matching paint to recreate faux

Artist matching the color of existing faux. After water damage, we were called in to match existing faux to repaired walls.



 In Conclusion


I hope this information was interesting and shined some light onto some of the different types of projects that we do.  When you work with such skilled and experienced Artists such as Mabel, you realize that with paint and the ability to match colors by eye and perform outstanding faux finishes; anything that comes up is possible!


Michelle Miller, CGC
Operations Manager / Project Coordinator
Vitti Art Decor & Painting
Find us on Facebook @MabelVittiniArt



“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” – Will A. Foster

Faux Finishing 101

Faux Finishing 101

Faux Finishing 101

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Faux painting is the Art of creating painted surfaces to look like expensive materials.  Some of these materials are marble, hardwood or venetian plaster.  There are different faux techniques that can be utilized to make furniture and other surfaces look textured, antiqued or multi-dimensional.  There are many options under the “umbrella” of faux finishes. We’ve described some of our favorite finishes below. Check them out.

Faux Finishes

Faux means fake or imitation according to the dictionary.  All of the different types of “faux” we discussed in the first paragraph are technically examples of faux finishes.

Metallic Finishes

The use of gold, silver or bronze paints to give elements the appearance of antique or aged (weathered) metals.  To create the appearance of rusted patinas, a base is first applied to the entire surface. We then apply a metal and patina glaze with a roller or paint brush, depending on the surface.  Use a sweeping motion which will allow the base color to come through in some areas.

Wood Grain or Faux Bois

Creating a wood grain of any type or color of wood that you desire with the use of painting techniques.


A French word for “streak” or “stripe”.  Adding thin striations of color to make an appearance of denim, linen or other fabrics.

Subtractive Technique

The use of a sponge, wet rag, plastic bag or dry roller to “take off” some of the paint to create a textured look.


Handful of rags squeezed together to apply a unique texture.

Color Wash

Blending together multiple hues of tinted glaze to create variations of color within the design.  Color washing gives the appearance of a weathered exterior wall or even barn wood.  After your base coat is dry, a secondary color is mixed with glaze in a four-to-one ratio (four parts glaze to one part paint). How you apply your glaze determines how it will end up looking. Sponges give a more textured appearance, brushes produce noticeable lines, and cloths create a more downplayed texture.

Trompe L’oeil

“Trick of the eye”.  The addition of architectural design details which appear realistic.


Creating surfaces that appear to be marble.  For instance, I have painted plaster columns and ceramic tiles to compliment the already existing marble in the home.  Once I match the color to the existing marble, I can begin the process of marbling.

I have used many different tools and techniques over my career to create compelling and unique finishes for my clientele.  Art is all about thinking outside the box!

A more experienced Artist will thrill you with the possibilities.

The History of Faux Finish

It is hard to fathom that faux techniques have been used for thousands of years!  There is evidence of faux finishing going back over 5,000 years.  Faux painting has continued feverishly as an art throughout the centuries.  It was first felt in the United States in the 1920s as part of the Art Deco style movement. At that particular time, it was generally used in commercial and public areas.  In the 1980’s, we saw a significant shift in faux finishing to encompass residential homes.  This shift broadened the possibilities of home decor to an extraordinary bounty of beauty and excitement for Interior Designers and homeowner’s of the like.  Instead of textured wallpaper that is such a permanent choice for walls; the use of faux painting techniques were unleashed to create the same illusion of texture and depth.

The Professional Artisan

It is not an easy task to create your own faux finish, and it will be noticeable should you ever compare it to a skilled Artisan.  Most professional companies will provide a portfolio of their work and will be able to evaluate your home to know what will be good techniques to flow with your home decor.


The two most commonly used methods for applying a faux finish are glaze and plaster.  According to the definition by Wikipedia, “A glaze is a thin transparent or semi-transparent layer on a painting which modifies the appearance of the underlying paint layer. Glazes can change the chroma, value, hue and texture of a surface. Glazes consist of a great amount of binding medium in relation to a very small amount of pigment. Drying time will depend on the amount and type of paint medium used in the glaze.”  For the full article see:   With that said, faux painting creates the appearance of texture, but it will be smooth to the touch. Consequently, this is a good choice if you ever decide to make a decorating change in the future; you can just paint over it!

Wallpaper vs Painting

While commercial wall coverings and residential wallpaper do offer versatility, faux painting is considered more versatile.  Faux finishes can be applied to any surface as long as it’s plain and sealed.   The preparation and priming of the surface will vary depending on the type of surface that is being painted.  Again, as an experienced professional, we know the science behind the products we use as well as the technique for each product.

Additionally, faux painting will last longer than wallpaper.  Paint does not have seams, so it will never peel off as wallpaper will.  The maintenance is simple, and a professional painter can easily do touch ups. Using faux painting, you can achieve the appearance of dimensions, as well as giving homeowners the chance to cover up any imperfections in their home.

There are so many facets to faux finishing that it creates excitement in the world of home decor.  If you want the look of a stone or brick wall; we can achieve it.  It you want to have marble baseboards; we can create it!  Unleash the imagination!  The professionals at Vitti Art Decor & Painting have over 20 years of experience and can achieve ANY look you want for your home or office.  Let’s Create Something Great!

Follow this link here to see some picture of different faux styles.