Victoria Larsen’s stencils have been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Women’s Day, The Wall Street Journal, and so many more publications. Victoria’s website features ideas to improve your walls with plaster stencils, and plaster or concrete molds. She gives techniques, stencils and ornamental wall molds that could easily update your home into that French Provence, or Italian old world looks we all adore and admire.
Creating a stone wall could never be easier with plaster stencils. She shows us how to pull of this look in 7 easy steps:
1. Raised Plaster Stone stencil: From Victoria Larsen
2. A bucket of joint compound (or more, depending on how large the intended wall is).
3. A small mixing bucket
4. Wide masking tape
5. A 3″ wide plastic scraper
6. Darkly colored craft or wall paint in natural colors such as brown, rust and beige to pre-color the joint compound. The colors you choose will become the “base” color of your stones, with beautiful variations through out each stone.
7. Clear, Polyurethane sealer.
-Spray the poster board lightly with aerosol hairspray or matt spray varnish to seal the paper surface which will help prevent the moisture in the joint compound from penetrating it before you have completed your wall project.
-Apply wide masking tape to adjoining walls, the ceiling and baseboards to protect them from unwanted joint compound. Be sure to protect the floor with a drop cloth or plastic sheet, then apply your stencil to one upper corner of the wall and tape in to place.
-Transfer 1/2 of the bucket of joint compound in to a clean mixing bucket. Squeeze about 1/4 cup of each of the three paint colors you chose in to the bucket. Stir the joint compound only enough to “swirl” the colors in to the compound. Do not over mix. You want to see the literal variations in color.
-With your scraper, apply a thin coat over all of the stencil openings. The action of smoothing the compound over the stencil automatically blends the paint colors in with the joint compound which colors each stone through out.
-As you smooth on the compound, allow it to be bumpy, with dips and crevices, swirls and ridges. This will help to create very natural looking stone. Remove the stencil and allow the compound to dry before repeating your stone pattern.
-Turning the stencil in a different direction or flipping it over helps to vary the stones and prevent the “repeated” look.
-To speed things along, we do the first repeat, skip the second, apply the third repeat and so on. To accomplish this, simply measure over the width of your stencil openings and apply the stencil at that point.
Once all of the stones have been completed and are dry, apply a coat of clear polyurethane to seal and protect. Enjoy the look of a stone wall you created yourself !