This week we hosted an Aged Paper, Plaster and Canvas Workshop dealing with mounting papers on canvas, building and blending a border to mask the image edge using paint, plaster and wax.
The Aged Papers are addicting, we stock a huge assortment, which makes choosing difficult…
The papers are 11×17, and can be used in a variety of ways. You could
- slip them in a frame as is
- line a drawer
- create a focal wall
- decorate larger furniture surfaces, like inside a china cabinet
- dressing up backs of furniture that will show in a room
- adding a design element to furniture panels
- create a piece of art
Our current Aged Paper Workshop creates art on canvas.
We begin by painting the canvas with a base color we choose, then we dry. The paper’s edges are scored, and then the mounting process begins, using our Durable Matte Sealer with a squirt of glue mixed in.
We work to smooth out wrinkles and bubbles, then once our art-in-process is dry we begin layering a combination of plaster and paint – a little here, a little there, some scraping, blending, fiddling, some more plaster or more paint, blend and fiddle some more…
This is the longest stretch of the workshop – it relies on each person’s own eye, deciding ‘where’ they want or need more color or dimension, it’s not an exact science, it’s just a feelie kindof thing, and it’s cool to watch 🙂
Once the fiddling is complete, our canvas art is dried, and then a wax color (or colors) is selected, to finish off our piece. I love American Paint Company’s Vintage Waxes – I rave about them a lot, and for good reason – they are simply the best!
I use APC’s Vintage Clear Wax to create colored waxes by adding pigment tints – like one canvas used a blue wax in the final pass – I’ll add our mica powders to create various shimmer wax colors as well. I create each color or shimmer into it’s own snap-deli container, so it’s an easy go-to-grab when I need it.
We used a variety of wax colors to finish off the canvas’s – APC’s Dark Wax, which gives an umber vintage effect, and APC Wax custom tinted to Brass, Aged Gold, Pearl, Pewter, Shimmered Silver, Blue, and Black.
Pretty fun night – thank you ladies!!
The plaster we use, to blend and layer the edges is Caromal’s Perfect Plaster
It’s unlike any of our other plasters – it’s whippy, think paint folded with whipped crème, then sprinkle in some seeds or specks of little things that bust open when you scrape them. I wont’ apply the paper’s without it.
It’s also cool as a wall finish, which is it’s original intent (LOL)
I forgot to add a link to my videos page, here , if you check out video #5 it’s a short Shelby TV segment on this paper type application on a small stool.
Have a fabulous Spring Weekend!
Are you local to the Detroit area and interested in possibly updating your OWN tired furniture? If so, come visit us – we’re located at the corner of 23 Mile and Van Dyke in Shelby Township, 48316. Don’t come Sunday or Monday, because we’re not open, but T,W, F our hours are 10am-5pm Thursday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. During holidays our hours do change, you can find updates on our website.
If you live too far away, that’s ok, we ship daily, offering our full lines of paints, sundries and accessories – store.fabfinisher.com.
If you’re interested in a paint project, or need to get out for the evening, check out our Workshop Schedule, register online or stop in and visit.