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TECHNIQUES & MORE

EMBOSSED STENCILING
Welcome to the exciting world of embossed stenciling. You can create fantastic textured finishes on areas like walls, ceilings, furniture and more. It's easier than you think - all it takes is a little practice. Click here to view and order embossed stencils.
Follow these three steps:
1) Use one of our stencil design cut on a thicker mylar (10 mill or more). Use plaster or joint compound for the embossment. To add strength, add Elmer's glue.

2) Apply the plaster with a spatula. Please note that you can apply it onto a finished painted surface or unpainted, depending on the effect you're looking for. You can apply it evenly or unevenly (as shown in picture #2). For other effects, use a bristle brush to create defined lines or a damp sponge for softer transitions. Try other tools as well! Once the plaster is dry, consider sanding any sharp edges.

3) Color may be added directly into the plaster mix or applied on top of the dried embossment. For a subtle effect, use a single color or similar color tones. For a more bold look, use contrasting and bright colors. Try various glaze mixes and techniques like sponging, ragging, etc.
Sample finishes:
   
Ancient Column   Medieval Cross   Leaf Border
To create continuous embossed borders & columns, first mark the stencil pattern around the room (using registration marks). Then stencil every other design. Once the first set is dry (2-3 hours), stencil second set.