Simulated Fresco -
Decorative elements, such
painted olive branches and
bumble bees, enhance this country bath.
Rating 2.5 -moderate
Create old world charm or contemporary sophistication with these easy to follow
plaster effects and simulated Fresco techniques.
artSparx has created a 3 stage step-by-step tutorial series. Series 1 begins
with basic plaster application,
Series 2 illustrates antique glazing and
plaster distressing methods, culminating in the final fresco simulation
3, hand-painted elements. You can complete each tutorial as a finish and style
in it's own right. Or, depending on your interests and style needs, combine the
tutorials to achieve the hand-painted fresco appearance that will bring your
environment to life.
Series 1 - Plaster effects Application
Series 2 - Antique glazing and distressing
Series 3 - Hand-painted fresco elements
Plaster walls ready for hand painted elements
you have completed the antiquing of the plaster
Plaster Finish), and allowed the surface
to completely dry, you are ready to begin
adding hand painted elements to your plaster
wall surface. We've chosen to create a playful
Tuscan theme using olive branches and bumble
bees for this country bath.
Begin by lightly sketching the
pattern you've created directly onto the wall.
It is often helpful to do a quick sketch on
paper first to get a sense of scale and how
your image will lay onto the wall area. When
using your No. 2B pencil, keep a light touch,
just enough to leave an impression on the
antiqued plaster surface.
your color palette
Artist acrylic paints work well for this
application. Your colors will vary, depending
on the subject matter of your painted images.
For our demonstration we will use earth tones
of Yellow Ochre, Sap Green, Raw Umber and
Creating a loose, water solution is the key to
this treatment, with the colors painted on in
almost water color fashion.
A darker green is created mixing Sap Green
with a small portion of
Yellow Ochre and UltraMarine Blue.
Beginning the painted effect
Begin placing the branch lines using a blend
of Yellow Ochre and Raw Umber acrylic paint.
Follow this with the outlines of the olive
leaf forms. This color is created using a
Sap Green with a small portion of Yellow Ochre
and UltraMarine Blue.
Placement of the painted
elements varies depending on the design
solution you have for the room. When painting
branches, simply having the branches drop
down, or extend out of the ceiling, creates
the impression of being in a garden or under
the tree itself.
Adding additional details. Olives are painted
next, and added in groups of two or three
randomly through the hanging branch. First
outline the shape using UltraMarine Blue
mixed with Raw Umber to create a blackish
tone. Follow this by adding simple brush marks
to create a feeling of volume. Leave a portion
of the olive unpainted to imply a light
Before proceeding further, use a soft gummy
eraser (a.k.a. kneaded eraser) to remove any
visible pencil markings.
Begin blocking in the leaf forms using the
same green color blend as before. Use a loose,
watery solution and brush over the surface, in
effect 'staining' the plaster wall.
this is dry you may choose to repeat this
process, this time simply adding a small
accent line at the base or on one side of each
leaf to create a shadow line.
final detail, add stylized bumble bees using
UltraMarine Blue mixed with Raw Umber as your
outline tone. Follow this with a swatch of
bright Cadmium Yellow Medium on the bee's striped areas.
Lightly sand over over the painted elements to
soften and distress the features. This creates
the aged, softened look so commonly associated
with this wonderful fresco treatment.
You have now completed the 3 part simulated
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