Jess Tried Roman Clay “Paint” For The First Time And Here’s How It Went


Sorry, it’s been a minute since my final closet replace. Shock, shock I’m operating behind. In case you’ve missed my plans to DIY the heck out of my walk-through corridor closet (a closet that connects my hallway to my lavatory) then try the intro and the primary replace. But when precisely what’s happening design-wise then I’ll inform you I’ve made my life a lot more durable. “However Jess, how did you do this?” Effectively, I made a decision that I needed the look and texture of roman clay. What’s roman clay? It’s an eco-friendly plaster that you simply apply to clean inside partitions with a putty knife. That’s proper, no brushes allowed! “Jess, have you ever ever utilized roman clay to a wall earlier than??” The reply to that’s no…till this previous weekend. However earlier than we get into my “roman check run,” I needed to remind y’all that I’ve determined to additionally create my very own design of Morse Code to honor my late mom together with her identify and a candy message she wrote me in a card years in the past. I do know it sounds bizarre and my very ugly drawing under doesn’t make it sound cool, however I promise for those who preserve studying I’d be capable to change your thoughts.

Proper, roman clay. Final week, I went to Portola Paints & Glazes in Burbank to take a look at their choices since they’re identified for his or her limewash paint and roman clay. I went in considering I had a plan after which instantly realized I wasn’t even certain concerning the colours I needed to pattern. So with the assistance of a particularly form and affected person worker who listened to me speak nonsense about my “circle design” (thanks, Dustin!), I selected 10 shade swatches to take house with me as a result of I used to be kinda overwhelmed and pattern pots are $10 every. See under.

Each shade they’ve is gorgeous however these had been those I gravitated towards probably the most for this challenge. I introduced them house and fairly instantly knew I need to go cool-toned. Want I may have simply made that call on the primary journey. SMH.

However really, once I went again to get the samples, one other wildly beneficiant worker (I can’t keep in mind his identify!) confirmed me precisely learn how to stencil and create my sample. He even let me movie him demonstrating it! I used to be so grateful as a result of, like I stated, I’ve by no means labored with a product like this and was kind of winging it. Cool cool, Jess. FYI this submit is on no account sponsored by Portola. I used to be simply blown away by their customer support and assume everybody ought to know:)

Above are the colours I selected to play with. Please don’t be bummed! I do know that the colour palettes from my final submit had been way more vibrant however working with greater than two clay colours on this challenge is an excessive amount of for my ability degree and actually, not what I need aesthetically. I promise to now deliver some extra shade with the curtain:)

HOT TIP: They suggest utilizing a steel putty knife. However in case you are working with a brilliant gentle roman clay shade (like Piano Room which got here extremely advisable) then you’ll need to use a plastic putty knife. I suppose with gentle colours the steel can go away darkish marks.

first coat throughout the day

Naturally, I used to be nervous as a result of if I “failed” my entire design plan could be out the door. Dramatic a lot? Effectively, I gave it a go anyway on two small items of drywall I purchased at Residence Depot. However first I rigorously watch their YouTube tutorial as I regularly glanced at my two empty canvases considering that each one these artwork courses as a youth needed to repay proper now. I additionally determined that I might strive the Presidente (on the left) and Mare Island (on the precise) as my two base choices. I actually appreciated the sunshine gray however didn’t really feel it will make the assertion I needed.

Actually, after my first coat, I wasn’t mad, barely impressed even. I believe making an attempt to do it on the ground made the underside halves a bit trickier however finally I felt like I may not be a misplaced trigger in any case .

second coat throughout at night time

Then after that first coat dried, I gave it a lightweight sand with 320 sanding sheets, wiped it down with a rag, and went for the second coat. The method is a bit laborious however too not horrible.

I then allow them to dry in a single day and the subsequent morning I used to be able to check out the stencil methodology I used to be taught. Right here’s learn how to do it…

1. Draw your form straight solely on the wall.
2. Cowl it with ideally light-colored masking tape.
3. Draw your form once more on high of the tape (I don’t assume that is vital so long as you possibly can see your unique stencil FYI).
4. Use an Exacto knife to chop alongside your stencil line.
5. Take away extra tape.
6. Take a transparent sealer, after which along with your finger, rub it over the sting of the place you’ll paint (for me that’s contained in the circle).
7. Take a material and take away the surplus sealer from the within. It will preserve your paint from bleeding out beneath the tape.
8. Get your tape and add extra to the skin space of your form to offer your self extra of a “cushion” to keep away from getting paint the place you don’t need it.
9. “Paint” away!

As you possibly can see I added extra tape for additional safety however that is how my first and second coats seemed. You may go a bit thicker on the second coat in order for you much less “variation”. Simply don’t overlook to sand and dry wipe after the primary coat.

Right here is my first full try with Presidente and Fade to Black…as you possibly can see I had some mishaps with the tape pulling off the clay. NOT GREAT! However I went again to Portola and requested them if this occurred as a result of I utilized the clay on to the drywall and not using a primer. They kindly stated sure and that for my actual partitions, so long as the present wall paint is water-based paint I will likely be 100% fantastic and priming isn’t even vital!! I used to be so relieved. I imply if there weren’t all of these tears I might be tremendous pleased with it.

And that is my first try with Mare Island and Fade to Black. Now, as a lot as I appreciated that man exhibiting me his taping methodology, since my patterns are in a line I got here up with a greater approach that I’ll present you in a minute:)

And right here’s how the primary spherical turned out. Not toooooo unhealthy for my first time, proper?? I imply certain it was a bit mind-numbing stenciling, taping, reducing, putty knifing(?), sanding, after which putty knifing once more…however that’s what I do. Nothing is allowed to be easy with me, I suppose. I imply keep in mind the bench??? However the bench turned out superb and I can’t wait to point out you!

Okay, okay. That is how I made a decision to tape for the second spherical…

I used two lengthy strips throughout as an alternative of one million tiny items of tape! This fashion additionally made it simpler to line all the things up so I didn’t by accident pattern upward or down. I must also warn you that your cuts (particularly when you have circles) should not going to be good. Except you’ve a VERY steadiest hand! I just like the imperfect search for this challenge.

See how significantly better that’s!? Even with that tear, it’s a lot simpler to take off.

However now let’s take about which combo seems to be the very best. I photoshopped the photographs in order that there weren’t any tears since they’re actually distracting and gained’t be within the last product:)

Okay, so the highest row is the Fade to Black and the underside is Within the Navy. I do know it’s laborious to see the blue on the tan shade however that’s simply because the lighting is bizarre. I believe I’m leaning towards the blue-on-blue and right here’s why…

Whereas this photograph was taken at night time (aka zero pure gentle), I believe the blue base offers a pleasant depth, and the lighter blue sample is extra playful.

Additionally, for those who take a look at the 2 choices from this angle, I don’t love the concept of the entire trim being that tan shade. The blue makes extra sense to go on each floor contained in the closet and it really works with the tile of the lavatory higher, proper?

P.S. Did you discover my new little brass rod??!

Towel Set

And to offer you a bit design path for the lavatory, these are the towels I’m crossing my fingers I can get. I do know that each one the combos technically go along with these towels however I identical to of distinction of the blue with them a bit extra.

To be trustworthy, I’ve realized that I’m simply scared by darkish paint (or plaster) colours in my own residence when trim and doorways are concerned (FYI I’ll be utilizing acrylic paint in the identical shade for the trim and doorways). It feels a bit overwhelming and what if it seems to be unhealthy?? These are just a few foolish ideas that come into my mind however I need/have to quiet them as a result of it’s simply paint and I can all the time pivot.

So ideas? Emotions? Has anybody labored with roman clay and has suggestions? Let’s speak as a result of I’m beginning subsequent week!

Love you, imply it.


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