|This is when I met Audrey II at the Hawaiian Little Shop of Horrors|
Aloha everyone! Just returned from a wonderful week vacation on the island of Maui where, among other things such as Mai Tai's, I swam with sea turtles and a pod of spinner dolphins. Yes, I was one with nature....
I'm using Faux Effects' Sandstone and Charred Gold Lustersuede. Lustersuede comes in the same low sheen metallic colors as Lusterstone but is a thinner almost creamy consistency. Mix 1/2 quart of Lustersuede to 1 gallon of Sandstone. You can mix more or less of the Lustersuede depending on the look you want but don't over add the Lustersuede or you will loose the aggregate look of the Sandstone. A quart of Lustersuede to a gallon of Sandstone should be the max.
This is your Lustersand or Sandluster-you decide. This is your base layer and should be applied by buttering your trowel and popping on the surface.
The background color doesn't matter unless you want some of the color to show. The paint should be a good quality low sheen latex paint or Setcoat. For added interest and while the Sandstone is wet, I like to pop in some un-mixed Lustersuede in connecting areas.
I have done a version of this sample using Frosted Denim Lustersuede which works surprisingly well with the Charred Gold. Use your blade at a slight angle to smooth down the plaster but not press it flat. You want gentle highs and lows.
If you don't have this color, these are good substitutes:
Turquoise Stain & Seal, Turquoise Faux Crème Color, Colonial Green Stain & Seal, and Williamsburg Blue Stain & Seal.
This mix is troweled over the pattern. I selected the Mikala's Tropic pattern from Wallovers. I mean, hello, it has tropic in the name.
You could stop at this point and have a soft finish with a relief pattern. But why when you can add a layer that makes the finish sing. BTW, one of my nicknames, among many (at least the one's said to my face), is "sprinkles" because I like to add pretty things. But really-who doesn't?
I used a Japan Blade to pull Charred Gold Lustersuede 100% over the finish and then a damp cloth to spread it out and reduce chatter marks. Lustersuede covers about 50 more square feet then regular Lusterstone and is about $5 less expensive per quart and gallon. I have done this finish without applying a pattern and gone right to the step of pulling Lustersuede over the Lustersand for a simple 2 step finish.
But while this is lovely...you know what time it is....
I laid the stencil over the pattern again and used a soft glazing brush to dry swirl some orange and teal colors over the pattern.
Ahh-now we are talking. Just like a vintage Bark Cloth with a soft metallic shimmer.
Later this week I will show you my smoky mirror finish inspired by Hawaiian quilts. Until then, Mahalo (which means "Thanks").