It feels so great to sit back and look at the finished product! We are finally done with the experience, and much like any other experience in life, we’ve learned our share of lessons. Like I mentioned in the first part of this post, the way that we chose to use Silk Plaster is not the way everyone should use it. In fact, if you choose to do a quote with any sort of lettering, check out the end of this post for tips on what to do… and what not to do.
Painting Using Silk Plaster
I’m absolutely in love with the ease of use of this do-it-yourself product. Mixing was easy, applying was easy, and the finished product looks truly spectacular. The shimmers of color combined with the texture are absolutely brilliant and make the quote take on just that much more personality.
Our experimental project took much longer than expected because we didn’t take into consideration the amount of time it would take to sketch the letters, then tape around the letters, and then paint. The painting was the quickest part, but then during the wait for it to dry, (we gave it about two days), we discovered that we would have to be very careful about removing the tape in order to not mess up the lettering. Since the material is made of silk and cotton fibers, they bind to one another as they dry and almost cake onto the masking tape.
We applied pressure to what we wanted to stay on the wall while utilizing a simple carpet knife to help us access the tape and sort of cut any pieces of the plaster that needed to be trimmed. Overall it went really well and we are so happy with the result!
The quote is really representative of how we look at life and as you get closer to the wall, the colors and texture really look nice against the white wall.
Tips for Lettering
While taking into consideration the amount of space needed for your project, if you’re considering any sort of lettering, I highly recommend making the letters thicker and bigger so you are able to get the full effect of the liquid wall covering.
When I did the lettering, I kept the letters thin, about 1,5 cm thick, and while it took more time and energy to carefully remove the masking tape around the letters, I am convinced it would be best to have thicker letters—not only for ease of use, but also because it looks better.
When you’re working with the product, make sure to give yourself enough space for the project and be sure to have a tarp or something similar on the floor to catch any falling pieces. We did the painting little-by-little, so there wasn’t much to clean up, and after a quick sweep and vacuum, you wouldn’t even know that we had done a painting project. Things were much easier to clean up than in traditional paint jobs!
We are very pleased with the product, the process, and actually, the enjoyment that came from using the liquid wall covering. We wish we owned our own home so we could use more of the Silk Plaster on our walls, but we’re very content with how things worked out for the quote.