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Aged Paper, Plaster and Canvas Workshop

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.

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The Aged Papers are addicting, we stock  a huge assortment, which makes choosing difficult…

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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 fabulous-finishes-studio-inspiration-painted-furniture-workshops-metro-detroit-diy-paints-shop-online0243
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  • adding a design element to furniture panelsfabulous_finishes_studio_chalk_clay_chest_paris_wood

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  • create a piece of art
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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.

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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…

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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 🙂

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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.

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Pretty fun night – thank you ladies!!

The plaster we use, to blend and layer the edges is Caromal’s Perfect Plaster

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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)

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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.

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Freedom! It Feels Good, And It Looks Fabulous! American Paint Company’s Freedom Road

Who’s in for a romantic darker gray?

Great name,  FREEDOM ROAD.   It’s American Paint Company’s darker gray

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it reminds me of this

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I started with this little sewing table.  I had an idea to modge podge this paper on the fronts of the drawers

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and then do the rest of the piece in Caromal Colours textured basecoat Candy Apple –

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So I started to apply the Candy Apple,  first coat brushed on thin –

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I painted over the some of the drawer front paper  – I didn’t want it to look too ‘new fresh paper’  , and didn’t like that…   so I scraped off all the paper, and painted the drawers candy apple

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I didn’t even have the whole piece basecoated yet, and new the Candy Apple alone wasn’t going to work for me….   then I got an idea,

I’ll do a pretty gray over the pretty red, and reveal back!

American Paint Freedom Road – one coat washed over the whole piece (by washed I mean I brushed out a coat thin, and then MOVED it easier by introducing a teeny bit of water – you can do this by dipping your brush tips into water or even spritzing a fine mist from a squirt bottle-

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then I lightly sanded with a 180 grit paper –  you can see the fronts are sanded, side isn’t…  it will powder up when you sand, but no big shakes, wipe that off and your color will come back to life when you seal it

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Can’t forget the legs…   OOPs, forgot a spot!

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I sealed this pretty little thing with a mix of  American Paint Company’s Clear Wax  and a tinted Pewter Mica Wax.

Sorry I dont have pictures of this, I just mixed it , scrubbed on and was done – but I did dig out these pictures which are perfect –

This one shows the pewter wax mixed up – use some clear and mix in a little mica powder until you get to the wax intensity  you like –

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A little mica goes a long way,  you can use it full strength to create a real cool flash gilding – read my post  How To Use Mica Powders for play by play photos on mixing and using the micas –

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Pewter Mica Powder

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American Paint Company Clear Wax and Pewter Mica

Back to my Freedom Road over Candy Apple – I sealed this piece using part APC Clear Wax and part APC Pewter Wax –  same brush,  same time,  just grabbing both on my brush –  brushing it on, following the grain of the wood, and kindof scrubbing it in as I go.

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You don’t need much wax – APC wax is the most heavenly all natural wax, it glides on with ease, and I glide it and move it until there isn’t more to move, THEN I grab a little more and continue on –

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I painted the inside of the drawer with American’s lighter gray – Smoke Signal – and stenciled a little design using Toner.  I like adding little unexpected surprises

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When the wax dries (doesnt take long, couple hours) –  buff it to a lovely sheen –  this Pewter Mica added a pretty shimmer to that dark gray – I love it

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ROYAL

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perfectly romantic.

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