Just when you think you knew all the tips and tricks in the book! There is always something new to be discovered. A friend of mine actually recommended me trying this technique.
Today, I am sharing how to stencil using plaster of Paris. My friend said she recently saw a demonstration of it at an antique mall, I believe that is where she said..can’t remember now. I told her I actually wanted to try that and completely forgot about it.
So on a whim I ran out to Lowe’s home improvement and picked up a box of plaster of Paris. It was cheap, like $6.00. I already have my stencils of course, and some cut pieces of wood to make my rustic signs.
All the pictures I snapped are from my cell phone, so please pardon the quality. Like I said, this project was on a whim, and a spur of the moment. I don’t always have my camera out and ready at all times. Plus, I though it may not work out and why waste my time sharing it. I am definitely going to do a live video on Facebook once I practice a tad more. I did learn a few things with my first go ahead.
There are two types of Plaster of Paris, one for interior, one for exterior. I bought the interior one.
NOTE TO SELF: Please do not try to cast your kids arm ..you are not a medical Doctor.:)
Getting just the right consistency was the tricky part. What I came to find out in the end is that you want it to be like a peanut butter consistency. So, I can’t give you an exact ratio quite yet. Add water, mix, add more plaster, etc. as you go and get the consistency like peanut butter in the end. A few of my Facebook friends mentioned another product called molding paste. Some even said they have used drywall compound. I will give that a try as well in the future. I do admit though- being a mixologist was fun. Even though it was NOT for cocktails. It’s the creative aspect that I enjoyed trying.
Another thing I learned is that I would use a flat putty knife to spread the mixture over my stencil and then smooth it out. I used a stencil brush just like I would use when stenciling.
I did remove the stencil fairly quick after filling it all in. Then I rinsed off my stencil with warm sudsy water.
I let it dry over night and then painted my board my color of choice. I actually used black gel stain and then a nice shimmer rose gold craft paint to highlight the letters. You could just add the stencil back and use a little shimmer paint to highlight.
It turned out pretty neat, wouldn’t you say?
Thanks for stopping over today. Like I mentioned I will go into further depth as I learn the process a little better myself. Practice is key my friends.
But for the first time, I am proud I didn’t mess it up. I say give it a try and let me know. I am working on a stepping stone next.
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