Plaster is a more versatile and adaptable medium than you probably ever imagined. There is a luminosity to plaster that makes it a wonderful surface to paint on and it takes well to watercolor, acrylic, pastels, graphite and more.
Plaster comes in a variety of forms and you'll be introduced to three of them in this CraftAble. Plaster of Paris is a dry powder that is mixed with water and is available at craft, art and hardware stores. Joint compound—also sold at hardware stores—comes either dry (to be mixed with water) or as a pre-mixed mud. Plaster gauze is an open weave fabric strip in a roll that comes impregnated with plaster of Paris and can be found at most craft stores. Like the powders above, it is activated with water.
In this CraftAble, an excerpt from Plaster Studio by Stephanie Lee and Judy Wise, you'll learn more about these basic types of plaster as well as get to try your hand at four types of paintings, using a variety of media. Clear step-by-step photos will guide you through each project.
Are you ready to get your hands in the mud? Let's get started!