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Friday, January 2, 2009

Frottage: Faux & Plaster Made Easy

Simple techniques are the best and can be repeated even by novices.
Don't sweat it you can always repaint over it. Experiment and try different tools. Here are just a few:

Frottage: Using paper or plastic to create a texture. TOOLS: PLASTIC or Paper, trowel, 6" roller, scissors, hawk.I really like this method for its ease and rapid ability to give great variation without much effort. Either using a glazing compound [1:1:1] equal parts of paint, water, glaze; or use a cheap acrylic plaster from Lowes or Home Depot. Do all your prep, tape, repairs and begin in an upper corner working in a 3' width reaching all the way down to the floor. Have your paper/plastic torn in 3' wide sections that'll reach the floor and crinkly them up.
Trowel if your using plaster, roll if your using glaze your 3' section, then apply the plastic and/or paper, let set for 15-20 minutes in a 70 degree air temperature, and remove and throw away. While that is drying move onto the next section and repeat.
After completing a wall, you can do variations, by sealing the plaster and glazing over with another color or even using a wax. Visit my website for for examples: http://www.venetianplasterdecor.com/

Have fun! Vaughn

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