Saturday, May 4, 2013

Raised Plaster Stencil

I finally accomplished two projects this week and this is one of them.  I have wanted to try to do a raised stencil for a very long time, and I thought it was a lot harder than it was.  I ordered the stencil from Victoria Larsen and I could not be happier with the results.  In fact, I am working on a second one in all white which I hope to share with you in a couple of days.

 I painted a large cabinet door with Annie Sloan's duck egg blue and added some Modern Masters crackle medium.  I wanted the door to have an aged and distressed look.
 When all of that had dried I laid the stencil down and clamped it at the end to keep the stencil from moving.  You could use tape as well too.  Then I took some premixed joint compound, the kind that is used for drywall.  I smoothed it over the stencil with a putty knife and kind of smoothed it out to make sure it was totally in the whole pattern.  Then while that was still wet I added more joint compound to make my image more textured and thicker.
 Once that step was done, I lifted the stencil away from the pattern I had just created.  Then I walked away.  This was the hardest part.  I kept checking it to see if it was drying.  The directions said to allow it to dry overnight.  Sure enough the next morning it was hard as a rock.  By the way, in between each side and after I was finished with the plastering process I just rinsed the stencil in our utility sink.  It's very thick and it just washed right off.
 At this point I took some light sandpaper and gently sanded the pattern just to lift off anything that would chip away.  When the sanding was done, I painted over the pattern with the duck egg blue so the panel was now all one color.  You need to paint over the plaster material to seal it.
 Once the paint dried, I laid the stencil back over the pattern and painted the pattern with some light ivory acrylic paint.  The final step was waxing the whole panel, first with clear wax and then blending in some dark wax.  The plaster dried to a very hard finish.  I really applied pressure with the wax and nothing broke away or came loose.  I can't wait to see how the white on white turns out.  I'll share the results when it's completed.

Before I end this post, I wanted to let you know I have added an email button on my left side bar and since then I have been contacted twice to let me know some of you are unable to pin my projects.  I have someone working on the problem and it should be fixed very soon.  You're welcome to pin anything you find on my blog.  I'm all about sharing.  Thanks for visiting.
 

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17 comments:

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

I always wanted to try this on my furniture. It looks great! Love the texture.

Gail said...

Oh Maggie, that turned out beautiful! I've pinned it and had no problem pinning. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday. Hugs, Gail

Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

It's beautiful!! I love the colors you used. Lynda

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks beautiful, Maggie! Love the colors!

Susie said...

Maggie, Once again, you have created something truly beautiful. Love it. xoxo,Susie

karen@somewhatquirky said...

This is awesome. I have been wanting to make something like this for so long. You have really motivated me!

Gypsy Heart said...

This is gorgeous! Could be used in so many different ways. You did a fabulous job on it.

xo
Pat

Pat Cantwell said...

Maggie,
E X Q U I S I T E!!!
This is such a lovely way to enhance a variety of decor accessories!!!
Thanksfor sharing!!!
Visiting from Susan's!
Fondly,
Pat

Claudia Tyler said...

Maggie,
Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial. It just makes so much sense that one could use the compound. I have recently ordered stencils and can hardly wait to get them.
Claudia

Claudia Tyler said...

Maggie,
Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial. It just makes so much sense that one could use the compound. I have recently ordered stencils and can hardly wait to get them.
Claudia

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

You are always trying something new! Very cool technique.

It seems like there are all kinds of problems with blogs this week.

rkramadh said...

Gorgeous! I have seen similar techniques but not as many steps in terms of painting. Obviously that's what makes your piece shabby chic! Thanks so much for sharing so generously, that's so hard to come by these days :)

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Maggie, Your door panel turned out wonderful. Love the color contrast and the design.
CM

Susan Jackson said...

I love this Maggie. I'm going to give it a shot. What are you going to use your panel for? It will be beautiful on lots of things. Thanks for sharing. Susan

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It's beautiful!

brendaswhite said...

Love the way the panel turned out! You've just given me what I need to attempt a project like this. Would you mind sharing the brand of the duck egg blue paint? Great color!

brendaswhite said...

Love the way the panel turned out! You've just given me what I need to attempt a project like this. Would you mind sharing the brand of the duck egg blue paint? Great color!