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)
Have a fabulous Spring Weekend!
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