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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

 

 

 

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  Holiday Weekend!

Happy painting!

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Painted Purple Ombre Vintage Cabinet In Progress –

I acquired these cupboards several years ago, at my first store location

The one on the right was my favorite – I loved

Her.

Even with her flaws –  the glass was missing – she was my kinda piece. I pulled her out last year, and painted her with American Paint Company Crushed Tea, and she sold soon after …

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The cabinet on the left I always referred to as the

He.

Finally,  a year since She was painted, I pulled Him out of the furniture heap…

purple-ombre-american-paint-fabfinisherI didn’t get very far that first day, and no free time was to be had in the week that  followed…

He waited… patiently.

Today, after the store closed,  when I should have been settling the books, I felt the urge to grab a brush and P A  I  N   T…

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I started with a dark base of purple –

Over that dark purp base, I switched to American Paint Company paints, my go-to paints for blending and creating finishes that you’d class artsy fartsy-

APC colors Cannonball, Shining Seas, Bordello, First Lady, Chenille Beadspread, Uncle Sam…

AMERICAN-PAINT-CHALK-CLAYStill have a ways to go – but  I’ll be sure to share the completed cabinet.

Have a blessed week!

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A Painted Manly Chest, Gray or Grey, Light Medium Dark, American Paint Co

I’ve got furniture tucked in the back workroom,  from acquisitions some time back.  I’m pretty good at resisting  the urge to buy more, until I can work down the pieces that I have, like this piece I recently started, over two years old –

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But I will add to the pile , if it’s the right style at the right price.  Like this recent gem –

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and this chest

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I haven’t done a good job following my ‘first in, first out’ rule.

pieces that pluck at my heart strings

get painted first

And so we begin…

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American Paint’s Freedom Road, and Shingle on the Roof Freedom Road is APC’s dark grey, and Shingle is a dark misty brown

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From there I applied layers of a range of colors  – Uncle Sam, Smoke Signal, Freedom Rd,  Cannonball – until it felt right.

Thats the truth – for me, painting and feeling it go hand in hand.  Some colors will land together, side by side, on my brush,  others will mix together on the plate – my brush acting like a stir stick…

One thing I’ve learned -when I paint pieces like this I need to go start to finish.   I can’t leave one side, or a few drawers, for another day.  When  I have, I find myself struggling to get that same rhythm back that I had from the beginning.

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Sanded to reveal more depth, and more importantly to knock out any application marks I left behind

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This one I’ll wax, using my favorite wax  (and not just because I am a retailer!)  – American Paint Company’s Vintage Antiquing Wax –  CLEAR ,

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my preferred topcoat over darker colors like the bottom half of this chest.  Just grab yourself a brush (I prefer bristle chip and round brushes),  scrub it on/into that open paint finish, and then softly wipe any excess off when you are done.

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You can see what you’ve  waxed and where you still need to go, making the wax-on even easier.

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When the wax is dry, typically a few hours, you can buff it to a lovely sheen using a soft cloth or a buffing brush that attaches to your drill

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Love when the original hardware can be salvaged .  Clean it, dry it, and paint it!

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Checking if the color is right

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I add some glam to the feet – over sized crystal knobs-   my son cracked one when we were moving the piece to the showroom,  so I need to get another.

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The buffed wax pops the depth in all of those colors

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Before we move it to the front, I need to doll up the back – it’s something I enjoy – kind of my way of signing a piece 🙂

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Time to settle into your showroom space

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Another piece I wish I could take home…

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Missing the pretty shoes

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but loving the bit of glitz on the pulls 🙂

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