Crackled Plaster Floral Stenciled Wall Finish


Two textural plaster finishes combine with a reverse weed Modello® stencil mask to create a unique inlaid pattern in a distressed wall finish.

How to Stencil Tutorial: Crackled Plaster Decorative Painting Wall Finish with Flower Stencils

Modello® Stencil

    Faux Effects International® Products:  Order via our Affiliate Link Here

    • Aquasize
    • Sandstone
    • Plastertex
    • Aquacreme
    • Aquacolors: Earth Brown, Yellow Ochre, Italian Sienna

    Tools:  Order via Royal Design Studio Here

    • Venetian Trowel
    • ½” nap roller and tray
    • 4” nylon roller and tray
    • Wallpaper Smoothing Brush
    • Neon Nylon Round Brush
    • Spray Bottle

    Basecoat: Texturecoat

      Tip: Rolling and applying a stria finish to Sandstone can be quite messy. Be sure to protect the floor and surrounding area well with taped plastic or a drop cloth.

      How to Stencil Tutorial: Crackled Plaster Decorative Painting Wall Finish with Flower Stencils

      Step 1: Sandstone in generally quite thick. Thin with 5-10% water and mix well to create a “roll-able” consistency. Roll on in 12”-15” wide vertical stripes from ceiling to floor.

      Step 2: Immediately apply a stria technique to each stripe by dragging a wallpaper smoothing brush through the wet material. It is not necessary to pull the whole length of the wall at one time. Start and stop (and further finesse) by beginning your motion off the wall and using a “landing and taking off” motion. Let dry

      How to Stencil Tutorial: Crackled Plaster Decorative Painting Wall Finish with Flower Stencils

      Step 3: Mix a color wash solution by adding 1T. of Earth Brown Aquacolor to 2 cups of water. Place into a good pump spray bottle. Spray onto the surface, beginning at the top of the wall and working down.

      Step 4: Immediately drag and press the color wash solution into the Sandstone background using a Neon Nylon brush. Drag the brush in vertical strokes to distribute the color wash evenly. Let dry thoroughly.

      How to Stencil Tutorial: Crackled Plaster Decorative Painting Wall Finish with Flower Stencils

      Step 5: Apply the Modello® vinyl in a random pattern. For this finish, 10mil material is used. The slightly thicker material and more aggressive adhesive is necessary for the look of the finish and to adhere to the textured Sandstone surface.

      Step 6: Roll on the Aquasize in random patches, leaving some open areas. To get thicker coverage with the size (and larger cracks) allow the first layer to set up at least 20 minutes before applying an additional layer of size. Attempting to put on one thick layer of size may cause the size to sag down the wall.

      How to Stencil Tutorial: Crackled Plaster Decorative Painting Wall Finish with Flower Stencils

      Step 7: Once the size has properly set up trowel on a layer of Plastertex, pressing the material into the background to expose the stria texture below. Lay the material on thicker in some areas to create more texture-and larger cracks!

      Step 8: Once the Plastertex has dried thoroughly (probably overnight) remove the Modellos. Note that some of the stria Sandstone background has been left to show through in random patches.

      How to Stencil Tutorial: Crackled Plaster Decorative Painting Wall Finish with Flower Stencils

      Step 9: Mix an Aquacreme glaze at the following ratio: 1C Aquacreme, 2 teas. Italian Sienna, 1 teas. Yellow Ochre, ½ teas. Earth Brown. (Each cup of glaze will cover about 60 sq. ft.) Load a Neon Nylon brush with the glaze and stria onto the surface using long, vertical strokes. Let dry.

      Step 10: If further antiquing is desired, mix up another Aquacreme glaze with approx. 2 teas. Earth Brown color into a cup of Aquacreme and stria that over the previous layer.

      How to Stencil Tutorial: Crackled Plaster Decorative Painting Wall Finish with Flower Stencils

      Step 11: Wipe back excess glaze to lighten some areas with a terry towel.

      How to Stencil Tutorial: Crackled Plaster Decorative Painting Wall Finish with Flower Stencils

      Copy for Copper Inlaid Flowers: This finish also looks great without the Aquazise and crackle technique. It is finished with a Metallic Copper-tinted Aquawax with an Earth Brown overglaze.

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      Melanie Royals

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