Faux Brick Wall
// September 16th, 2012 // Mixed Media, Journals & Papercraft
Have you seen all the faux brick wall paterns on altered art projects lately? I have absolutely fallen in love with the look and have created a short tutorial to achieve the look.
I began with Golden light molding paste. This light weight paste has the consistency of a whipped frosting. It is easy to work with, holds it’s form well and dries to a white opaque flexible finish. The paste when dry will absorb any liquid paints you would apply. Watercolors, spray color washes, and other liquids will be absorbed quickly into the surface and will flow and blend. If you wish to have a finish that does not blend either use gesso to seal your piece, or paint it with acrylic colors.
Step 1: Apply an even coat of molding paste to your surface. About 1/8″ is ideal, in my opinion. Feather the edges into your background, or use a frame of some kind to mask the are you are working in. A rough surface looks more like old, weathered brick. Creating a smooth surface will look more like new brick.
Step 2: Let the paste set up just a little, maybe about 5-10 minutes. Use a stylus, pencil or other similar instrument to carve a brick pattern into the molding paste. Keep a spatula or extra sheet of paper close by to wipe any excess off the tip of your stylus. (I actually used a partially dulled pencil.)
Step 3: Allow the molding paste to dry completely. In the first sample I used Glimmer Mist sprays to color my bricks then used Twinkling H20′s to create the mortar between my bricks. In the second sample I used acrylic paints to create the brick red color, then a dark grey to add the mortar. I found a fine tip brush is the easiest way to add my mortar.
I have fallen in absolute love with this technique. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! I am looking at trying this with the pumice gel to create a concrete block effect, tar gel for more of a subway tile look and more! What do you think you will try?