Faster Plaster Garden Plaque
by Tiffany Windsor
Plastic container with lid
Recycle blister packaging for mold (sometimes also called plastic clamshells)
Soap Stamps by Life of the Party
Adirondack Alcohol Inks by Ranger
Lumiere Paint by Jacquard
3D Crystal Lacquer by Sakura
Place soap stamps FACE UP in mold. Adjust to center all pieces keeping at least 3/8” from edge. You do not want any of the edges of the stamps to touch the edge of the trivet mold. Following package instructions, mix Faster Plaster and pour to fill mold. Gently tap mold to release bubbles. Let plaster sit for 5 minutes or until you start to see it solidify. Press hanger into top center of plaster. If hanger starts to sink, wait a few more minutes and try again. When plaster is solid to the touch, carefully turn mold over to release. You may need to gently coax the plaster out of the trivet mold. Let air dry. Do NOT microwave (because you have inserted metal hanger). While plaster is still moist, use tip of blunt toothpick to clean up any edges after removing soap stamps. Edges can be filed after the Faster Plaster has completely dried but it’s much easier to do your clean up at this time. Let piece dry completely.
To color with Lumiere paint, mix paint with water to create color wash and paint on middle flower. I also created an all over shimmer wash with the paint brush water. If you do not want an all-over shimmer, be sure to use different water for washing your ink brush – otherwise you will have shimmer everywhere! To color other areas, mix ink with water to create wash. Color the recessed areas first, then the raised surfaces. Start with your lightest colors and add additional wash of color until desired color intensity is achieved. For more intense color, apply directly from bottle tip onto plaster. Remember to color the sides and back too! I created an antiqued color wash with several drops of rust ink mixed with water. Brush over entire surface. (I avoided the Lumiere painted area in order to keep the shimmer brighter.) Repeat if desired for more antiqued effect. If desired, apply 3D Lacquer to raised surfaces. Let dry undisturbed overnight.
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