Our Blik crew can really get into the new Chalk and The Not Whiteboard by Blik (wall graphic party break)! These circles and squares can be artfully arranged for an eye catching display on any wall. Express your creative spirit with collaboration, color and grown-up crayons (as we like to refer to chalk and dry erase markers). With Chalk and The Not Whiteboard, you have the freedom to doodle, draw and do it all over again. Grab a group of friends and have fun!
Did we ever tell you the story about how the friendship of Blik and Knock Knock began? Way back in February 2003 when Blik and Knock Knock were just wee ones, the two companies met at the San Francisco International Gift Fair. It was the first trade show for both companies. Jen Bilik (of Knock Knock) stopped by Blik’s booth because she was excited to tell Scott and Jerinne that Blik was similar to her last name – and at first glance she thought our name was Bilik. A fast friendship soon began and the trio realized they had both just started new ventures in Venice.
Over 10 years later, with two successful companies, Blik and Knock Knock are still neighbors and share a similar playful, witty style. Jen recently asked Blik for graphics to decorate her beachy Venice rental home. We were very impressed with the results and how the house now pops! And the best part is that anyone can rent the home. Check out the beach bungalow on Homeaway and spend part of your summer in sunny Venice, California.
Blik graphics used:
Bedroom: Rococo Pop by SCAD
Kitchen: Days Stuck in This Room and Hole to Another Universe by FUNBUS
Living Room:Verdant Flow by Rex Ray
Second Bedroom: Habitat ~ Pattern Wall Tiles by Threadless
Last week, we launched Chalk by BLIK and The Not Whiteboard by BLIK and the reception on both of these products has been insane! You like us! You really like us! With all the great buzz, we wanted to give you a few more color combination ideas to play around with, because while it’s cool to have just one, it’s way cooler to have tons. Just look what you can do with multiple packets!
Mix it up. Throw a circle next to a square. Put Chalk next to The Not Whiteboard. Go nuts. We’ve attached a downloadable pdf (just click the image below to begin the download) that can help give you some color combo ideas as well as layout ideas. By no means is this a guide, but a jumping off point. Have fun!
Say GOODBYE to flat monochromatic walls and say HELLO to vibrant blocks of color. Color Block graphics by Mina Javid use color and crisp geometry to change the perception of your space. How cool is that?
We are thrilled to be pairing up again with LA architect and designer Mina Javid for color blocking graphics. The graphics are designed to influence more space than a single, flat wall. Think large panels of color that can organically grow into a piece of art on a wall or wrap around corner or ceiling. Color blocking is available in two sets: Color Block Parallel and Color Block Slant. Each set comes in four color combinations, all of which complement one another. The line is designed to be mixed and interlocked.
WHAT’S COLOR BLOCKING?
In the simplest form, it’s the composition of color groups that both support and complement each other. Mina thinks spatially and envisions color blocking as a tool to create vibrant, livable spaces.
WHY COLOR BLOCKING AT BLIK?
We love Mina’s idea of taking simple forms and shapes in color-coordinated shades, allowing you (the consumer) to layer and build on a dramatic scale. We want you to take a chance, have fun and play with the existing angles and lines throughout your home.
WHERE WOULD YOU COLOR BLOCK? TELL US & WIN
Color blocking will resonate with those of you who grew up playing with LEGOS and colored blocks. You can follow the directions and make exactly what’s on the package or take it to another level and create your own design. To encourage you to take a chance and tap your creativity, we’re giving away 3 sets of Color Block Parallel and 3 sets of Color Block Slant. To enter to win*, tell us where you’d begin your color blocking journey.
And remember, playing with blocks is always fun!
Giveaway Details: The Color Block giveaway runs from April 10 until 11:59pm PST on April 14, 2013. To enter, leave your comment below. Valid only for US and Canada residents. Winners will be announced on this blog on April 16.
UPDATE: Congrats to our winners: Zita Major, Beth Spellman, Kathie Vaught, Lauren Fulton, Katherine Niemela and Colin Roache.
Um, can you guess how long it took Greg to install all these graphics in his bathroom? We didn’t ask because we thought it might make our head explode. Check out his bathroom! Every inch of it is covered in PAC-MAN, Super Mario Bros or Donkey Kong wall graphics. We thought we’d seen Blik fans before, but this might be our first Super Fan.
Once the Carnovsky x Blik Rosoni patterns launched, NOTCOT took on the challenge of putting Rosone N. 1 on the ceiling around a light. Genius if you ask us. This allowed for the possibility of having color-changing lightbulbs to easily see the various RGB views of the graphic.
Hop over to NOTCOT to see the install from start to finish from the unboxing of the graphic to the graceful ceiling application. Needless to say we were very impressed with the end result and think it’s a great tutorial for Carnovsky fans.
At Blik we’re pretty stoked about our four new squeegee designs. (Not to toot our own horn, but they are pretty awesome.) These plastic wonders are not just great tools for helping you install your wall decals, but they are also fun objects to play around with after the install. Check out the Blik team goofing around with these little guys.
Got your own? Send us a pic of how you like to squeegee to pr(at)whatisblik(dot)com or post it on our Facebook Fan page!
In August, we gave you a look inside Scott Flora’s home and this time we are back with the other Blik co-founder, Jerinne Neils. We asked Jerinne to give us a tour of her sleek, Venice apartment.
“After living in the infamous Oakwood section of Venice for 10 years, I moved into a new apartment complex in Venice designed by Kanner Architects with plenty of smooth walls perfect for Blik. My old place was where Blik was born. It was used as a testing ground for new products and materials and there was Blik everywhere – but not in a homey kind of way.”
“Now our office is where we do our testing so I bring only a decal or two home to live with for a time; I like the mix of Blik with other accessories and artwork. Right now I’m living with one wall decal (Mulher Skull which is so creepily cute, I like how you only notice them looking at you when the door is closed) and two Pattern Wall Tiles – Psychedelic Garden and Fishwall.
I’m thrilled with the Pattern Wall Tiles and how easy they are to install and the way they can completely change the look and feel of a room. Fishwall really warmed up my living area; I love it. And yes, that’s me in the Fishwall product shots.”
Next to Fishwall in Jerinne’s living room, your eyes gaze up to the striking painting by LA artist Liz Brizzi. The bookshelf is sprinkled with various objects from Africa and Thailand. As a former food editor, she has (what looks like to us) an extensive cookbook collection, although according to her, that’s just what’s left of it.
That leads us to her kitchen, where “He is not hurt badly” by LA artist Walt Hall rests next to her stove and two African figurines. In Jerinne’s bedroom, a Psychedelic Garden wall tile frames her bed. We are digging artist Gene Guynn’s “Catching Bullets” on the nightstand. And as she mentioned, Mulher Skull peeks out from her bedroom sliding door.
Stroll down the hallway and you’ll see her Amy Ruppel collection. The pieces were the inspiration for working with Amy on a line of wall decals. Jerinne first came across Amy’s work through a mutual retailer, Velocity Art & Design, six years ago and has been collecting her work ever since. “Amy is an artist close to my heart, because of our shared Portland roots and she represents the transition from owning art to then working with that artist on a line for Blik.”
Thanks for the tour, Jerinne! We’ll be back in January with another chapter of Blik in our homes.
As part of our extra special birthday month, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our homes. Every other month, we’ll take you on a tour through a home of one of the Blik founders or staffers. The first stop on our journey is the crib of Blik’s co-founder Scott Flora. While many of the walls in Scott’s house have Blik graphics, we present to you three distinct rooms.
In his living room, we see Hybrid Design’s “Heart Breakout” in a delicious cotton candy hue. The striking David Bray graphic “I Never Saw the Sign” is prominently featured on the back wall with a glimpse of “Anise” on the far right peeking in from another room.
His daughter Aja’s room is bright and cheery with “Flutter” decals by Christy Flora. In the midst of the butterflies, lies Christy Flora’s original handmade paper butterfly box.
Lastly, one can gaze into the large “Fernwood Mirror” in Scott’s guest bathroom. It adds a perfect touch of elegance and boldness to the space.
If there’s one thing you can learn from Scott’s home, it is you can never have too much Blik. We’ll be back in November with another chapter of Blik in our homes. Stay tuned!
“Heart Breakout” (left) “I Never Saw the Sign” (middle) “Anise” (right)
“Flutter” Re-Stik “Fernwood Mirror”
Our friends and neighbors at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice invited our very own Scott Flora and Jerinne Neils, along with Christina Cody from Storyboards, Inc., to adjudicate at the Fine Arts Exhibit, part of their, “No Strings Attached” Art Show this past January 15th. Winners from this local competition will be submitted to the Pacific Regional Fine Arts Judging & Exhibit in Kennewick, WA and could go on to the National Fine Arts Exhibit, displayed at BGCA’s annual National Conference. The judges were responsible for selecting nominees, based on the age of the member, skill and artistic sensibility expressed in their work. Out of 50 entries, 4 pieces from the exhibit were selected. Jerinne shared, “Scott and I had a great time and were thrilled to participate. There are some very talented artists in the Venice club. We’re hopeful that these winners go all the way!” Good luck artists!
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