|stenciled plaster (joint compound), and hand sculpted paper clay border|
The technique I used is essentially what was done before the machine age made pressed tin and embossed wallpaper available to the masses. It's joint compound (simply the modern day plaster substitute, premixed and easy to work with) trowelled through a stencil. The look was popular, but few homes in the U.S. would have had it done the old way, especially not with the hand-sculpted (Italian paper clay) border, however I only wanted to nod to the era, not decorate a museum set.
Belle Amie, built in 1906, is historically relevant to this small town, but not architecturally significant. She's well built and beautiful, but not too valuable to tweak. In fact, I'm fairly certain she was built from the left overs from the family's lumber yard, and I think these people who put a huge pink window in the foyer would probably approve of my artistic additions. (If not, they aren't saying much about it.)
|custom stenciled plaster|
|antique doorknob, sunflower pattern, pre-1906|