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The June 2017 Smart Art explored Creating an Italian Fresco. The instruction booklet gives a bit of background on the project and also Project Pointers – these are key!
The box included:
~Royal Langnickel Acrylic Set (24pcs) ($14.95)
~Art Alternatives 10 PC Brush Set ($9.99)
~Palette and Painting Knife Set ($9.99)
~Activa Art Plaster 1LB (~$3)
~Burlap Sheets 6″ x 14″ (~$1)
~Mini Canvas and Frame Set 3″x3″($7.97)
Total Materials Value: $46.90
Smart Art always includes step-by-step instructions. You can choose to follow along exactly or branch out on your own if you are comfortable.
The first step was to mix up the plaster – two parts plaster to one part water. I used one of the brushes to mix it, and had no issues.
The second step was to pour the plaster over the burlap and then spread evenly. My was even, but not exactly “smooth.” Before painting, you let dry for 15-20 minutes. It was supposed to be cool to the touch, but mine was warm – almost hot? Not sure if I left it too long or not long enough? It was dry, so I went forward with painting anyway.
I would never call myself good at painting, but I do enjoy it! Painting over plaster was a different experience and enjoyed it. The box also included a mini canvas and frame set (3×3), so you can paint something to gift to a friend (or hang in your house) as well.