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Raised, Embedded Stencils With Our Newest Texture Plasters

Last post I shared different ways I like to use thicker than paint products.  A favorite of mine is our Texture Plaster, a thick medium like smooth peanut butter, that we offered in BLACK and NEUTRAL .  Earlier this month we added two new colors GREY GOOSE and BROWN BEAR

I created play by play visuals to portray the colors for you.  I basecoated one sample American Paint Company Dollar Bill,  and the other Uncle Sam

Once dry I positioned one of our newer stencil patterns, Florence Damask

I applied the Greygoose Plaster on the Uncle Sam and Brown Bear Plaster on the Dollar Bill.  When I apply thicker dimensional products over a stencil,  I typically use a lightweight plastic card –  used gift cards work great – butter up one edge, and beginning at one side of the stencil glide your buttered edge over the pattern, keep your scraper more parallel to surface so your glide is soft, not choppy and cutting –

Scoop more plaster on the card edge and continue where you left off.  Avoid going back and forth over the pattern as this most often causes the product to bleed underneath resulting in messy edges.  I use my free hand to hold the stencil in place , stencil adhesive and tape are culprits for damaging your newer painted surface underneath.

Its your preference how thick or thin you want to apply your plaster, some areas can be thicker, some thinner.  Leave the excess plaster ON the stencil surface,  don’t try to scrape it off at this point, and once your whole design is covered grab both sides of the stencil and lift directly up 


Be careful, your plaster design is wet and will take awhile to dry.

Lay the stencil on a flat surface –  here I used the cardboard but my favorite is a sheet of plastic or a counter that can be cleaned.   Using your same scraper, scrape harder and firmer now, across the design to retrieve the excess plaster. Save in your container for to reuse again.   If you wait too long to clean it will be much harder to clean the stencil, and your product will get a little clumpy –



Once the product is retrieved, rinse the stencil with warm water, use a soft brush and mild cleaner to get the dried product off.   Again, doing this sooner than later will extend the life of your stencils.

Now check out your raised stencil –

If you have any noticeable areas of bleed/product seep you can try to clean it up a bit – the end of a pencil (eraser) works good, as do mini flat screwdrivers, flat toothpicks etc –      If I am applying thick products onto mirror/glass I typically let the design dry, then clean messy parts using a single razor blade.  If my design is going to be embedded between paint layers then it isn’t as important to have it perfect, but I will remove really bad slops –

Wait until your design is completely dry before moving on. You can attempt to dry with forced heat, but realize you may cause the product to crack.  As you can see in picture below, the design element pointing right was pretty thick, and isn’t completely dried on the inside. I can tell by pushing on it – if its dry it wont move

I decided to continue on anyway, so I could finish the demo.   I got out both paint colors again

and brushed a thinner, watered down version of the paint OVER the whole design –  this embeds the raised stencil between the paint


Avoid covering up the design with too thick of a paint layer. Doing so will cause you to REALLY have to do some heavier sanding to reveal your design –



also note you could brush your color over the design randomly, leaving some of the design showing  – its all personal preference, and I encourage you to play and create many samples, so you can see what works (you like!)  and what doesn’t (yuk)  –



These are covered, 100% and drying.  Won’t take but a couple minutes

Once the surface is dry you can reveal your design.  If you hate sanding you can grab a damp rag and slowly wipe back your finish until you like what you see.  If you use the damp rag method make sure your finish is good and dry, otherwise the paint can wipe off too easily

My preferred method is sand paper (or a mouse sander if your project is big) anywhere from 150-220 grit.  I typically start with 180 grit,  down to 150 if its not releasing fast enough  220 if I have a real sheer paint layer over top.  IF these still aren’t working for you, go as low as 100 but sand slowly, back and forth

Besides revealing shadows of color underneath, sanding the natural chalk/clay of APC paint gives the finish a super soft feel.  When Im satisfied, I’ll take a damp rag and wipe over my finish, to see my result and wipe more in areas that still need to pop –

When you like your result, you’ll want to seal that paint finish.  For these samples I used APC’s all natural Antiquing Wax (clear) and tinted it with our Shimmer Silver Mica Powder.

The Shimmer Silver will add just a hint of grey color to my painted finish, and the light will reflect a shimmery metallic effect.  The more you mix in the stronger your color and shimmer will be.

You can mix Mica Powder’s directly into the wax, no need to turn it into a sludge first

They say you can apply waxes with rags, sponges etc,  I prefer using a soft brush

Work some into your brush then brush/scrub it on, making sure 100% of your paint finish is coated.

Below you can see the top 1/2 has wax applied.  I don’t have it on too heavy – after it sits a minute or two the excess will have to be wiped off –

Top half of the Dollar Bill as well –

Store any extra tinted wax in a snap container and label, so you can use when you need that hint of shimmer silver again

Wiping the excess wax off, with a dry cloth -you dont have to wipe hard, just softly give the surface a wipe to remove that slippy feeling.

I give both samples a flash dry then a quick buff with a dry cloth

 

 

 

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Plasters and Stencils to Create Interesting Painted Finishes

I love textural products,  they open up the playing field of creating with paints and finishes…

Quite versatile,  I’ve  rolled, sponged, troweled, stamped to emboss, bladed over stencils for dimensional relief…  thick and thin, layered …

I like to use various textures in my mix when creating art type pieces –  laying on a wet layer of texture, stamping into it, here I used a foam stamp, then stenciling with more texture to add more dimension-

Or starting with paint, stenciling with plaster, painting again, then sanding to reveal that embedded stencil –

If you think about it, old ancient walls aren’t smooth…. they are pitted, worn away, crumbly fossils built up…  layering with various textures help in re-creating an authentic ‘old/reclaimed’ look –

At my old store I used the textural plasters and stencils to create a rug effect on the workroom floor –

I’ve decorated mirrors using texture and stencils-

I prefer the Caromal Textured Basecoats for stenciling on mirrors. Yes, you could use other textures- but I stick to what I trust – Caromal’s thick paint line is meant to stick to anything, I know it stays put on a mirror, even with mild cleaning upkeep. When I’ve tried our thicker plasters (Texture Plaster, Texture Stone) on a mirror surface, I find they aren’t AS strong as Caromal’s Texture Paint on an unsealed surface –


I use common sense – if it is  a surface to be used – like the old glass table that served as the kids coloring table – then I go with Caromal Textured Basecoats.  If its a less used surface like wall art, furniture, etc I’d be open to ALL thicker paints we carry – Texture Plasters, Texture Stone, Texture Metallic Plasters and Stone ….

My favorite way to stencil with texture is on furniture.  On the piece below,  I used our American Paint Company all natural chalk and clay paints – a previous limited edition color yellow as the base layer, then a raised stencil using our Texture Plaster Neutral, over top (when dry) the popular APC color  Shoreline, sanded back(when dry)  to reveal the pretty detail –

On this chest I used Caromal’s Textured Basecoat Putty for the raised stencil dimension

over it (when dry) I used several American Paint Colors – I know there was Gunpowder, Sackcloth and Rushmore,  brushed on covering 100% of the chest

when dry I sanded using my mouse sander, to really get deep enough to reveal the raised design, then  American Paint’s Dark Vintage Wax to finish it up-

Whoop!  Lookie there  that raised texture stencil on the accompanying mirror 🙂 Here I used Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate.

Here I stenciled an allover pattern using  our Texture Plaster Black on the front of a vintage chest

I loved this piece –  so much attention to detail… I stripped the top and restained walnut,  silver leaf’d the mirror, sides, legs and hardware ,,, added glass tips as feet-

The paint finish, an OMBRE feel, using American Paint Company 100% natural paints, full bodied with chalk, clay and minerals –  – my  ‘lose myself in time while creating with paint’

APC Cannonball,   Texture Plaster Black,  APC Freedom Road, Plymouth Rock and Uncle Sam , with APC Clear Vintage Wax-

I always look for a way to add those personal touches… for me a piece isn’t complete until I’ve touched on every part of it

Tomorrow I’ll post the photo transition of these

and our new colors of Texture Plaster

Grey Goose

Brown Bear

I encourage you to PLAY.  In all my years of refinishing, I’ve never gone from idea in head to the actual surface -every attempt would first happen on a sample, or two or five…. it’s the only way you’ll understand products – how they handle, how far you can push them, how they act thick, thin…  trust me, that play time wont be wasted time.

If you need some pretty allover or main element stencils, please check out our stencils for purchase.  

We are running the gift bag special, with purchases of $110 (before tax/ship)  you will receive a stencil, texture paint and base paint sample, brush and scraper. 

Have a Blessed Weekend!

snapshots… Saturday Wraps…

Focused on getting  this piece out of the back workroom Friday –

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Did you catch or 3rd episode on DIY TV?  You’ll be able to see HOW I added that embedded stenciling on the buffet above.   Find the link in our How-To Videos category.

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Completed this foyer table this week as well.

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A finish I still fret over –  and one I always end with “Thank You LORD!”

We started the day with an early riser Cabinet Painting Workshop.   Surprisingly, it sold out (the 9am start is not our most popular 🙂 )  .  I am hoping to have the new workshop schedule completed and online this coming week.

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My Love Affair With American Paint Company – “The Mantel No. 2”

I call this Mantel “No. 2” , for Mantel No. 1 was this one

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American Paint Company Plymouth Rock, Clear Wax and more…

that I created last year.   I posted about that one here   Mantel  No. 1.    Interestingly enough,  I talk in that post about choosing from two palettes of chalk and clay paint colors that we carried at the time-  obviously, this was before the CeCe Caldwell peeps announced that as of 2014 all retailers would not be allowed to carry any other ‘like’ paints/finishes.     You can read about that here if this is new to you –  Bye Bye CeCe Caldwell. 

Our choice to move forward with American Paint Company was seamless – and time and time again I find myself thinking ‘Oh my gosh, I LOVE this color!’ like when I did this table

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American Paint Company Crushed Tea (detailed blog post to come)

or this chair

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American Paint Co Waistcoat and Dark Wax

or this one  that I finished today –

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American Paint Co Peacock and Surfboard, Dark Wax (detailed blog post to come)

Or, when I feel a    “I LOVE how that color covers!”  (that one I say alot) , like in this workshop,   APC A-maizing –  this is FIRST  coat,  and look at that brilliant coverage

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Workshop attendee using APC A-Maizing

I was used to using yellows that were more transclucent on the first coat.  How each particular color is pigmented, I’m told, plays a big part in that….   whatever it is, American Paint Co has the recipe for success – their colors SHOW!

Late last year,  the new Ellis Collection from  American Paint arrived-

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I was intrigued by Peacock and wanted to use it on something….I thought of mantel #2.   Mantel #1 was finished in neutral colors,   I didn’t want to do the same thing – so I decided to go dark.  It started with a textured chocolate, applied previously when the plan was a different direction…

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APC Peacock… an amazing color, it is beautiful on its own, a rich pretty blue

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If you APC dark wax it,  it will turn to a pretty sea green/blue, like that table I just  finished.

When the Peacock dried, I dry brushed on some APC Fireworks,  and Amber Waves of Grain  – I wanted some color to pop beneath the black…

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At this point it reminded me of Superman ice cream 🙂

Then came the black – APC Lincoln’s Hat –  the new Cannonball is blacker, but my plan was to go softer black and then dark wax it…

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I added a little bit of APC Black Mica with the dark wax , applying them both together on the same brush-

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Here you can see what’s been waxed and what hasn’t-

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That’s how far I got, which was pretty much to the end of my idea process, and I didn’t like it.  It still felt like superman ice cream to me – now just dunked in black –

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I waited until the next day,  when I came into work and still didn’t like it.   I gave it a little light sand, since I’d waxed it -then applied APC Navajo White with a little Plymouth Rock

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Sanded it back to reveal those colors below…

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Then I gave it one last coat of wax – this time mostly clear, with just a little dark wax  to give it a more worn look.   Buffing the finish –

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I thought I was going for one thing, and ended up with another 🙂

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Even though both were light they were  different.  Mantel #1 was grays and whites and antiquing,   Mantel #2 was distinct colors (red blue yellow black) that revealed through the white, giving an old painted MANY times look –

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A good example of  starting in one direction and ending up in another

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I’ve learned, that’s how the process sometimes goes  🙂

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See that board above the mantel, above the F F’s?

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It’s a collage of some of the photos of pieces our customers created in our Paint A Piece Workshops.  This past week I finally updated our be-gone-winter-hello-spring schedule of workshops.  We’ve got a great line up for you – you can find our workshop details  here  Workshops.

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