Plaster Wall Art

I completed this project a few month back and wanted to share because it was so easy and fun! I was looking for some abstract wall art from my living room and came across an amazing artist from the Bay Area, Kaleen Cameron. It was everything I was looking for, for my home decor. It was subtle, simple, abstract, and had all the right colors. However, the price was out of my budget so I did my research and found that so many people had tackled a similar project. My favorite breakdown of plaster art work is from Bre. Here are the steps I took:

  1. I bought a large canvas from Michaels when they were having a 50% off sale (crazy!), plaster, some putty knives, some powder pigment, and gathered random household items for texture.
  2. I prepared my working space by mixing powder pigment with dry plaster only. I had three containers of different tints ready before adding water.
  3. I used a pencil to lightly outline areas of patterns or design.
  4. I added water to the container of first color I wanted to use, which was the color I wanted for most of my canvas, and used my putty knife to mix and smear it onto my canvas. I used a comb and crinkled up newspaper to create texture. I had only 10 minutes to do this before the plaster hardened.
  5. I added water to the next color and repeated step 4 until I felt my plaster art was “complete”
  6. To finish, I sprayed a finishing spray but I don’t think it made a difference. If I could redo this project, I would definitely use a pre-spray for the canvas so that the plaster would stay onto the canvas and not chip off so easily.

The second portion of this project was building a floating frame for the canvas. Jenna Sue breaks the project down so well! We (my husband) followed her process and struggled only slightly, which was expected because he has never built anything before. Couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

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