Urban Wall Frame
Skill Level: Beginner
- FloraCraft® Brand Products:
- -Design It: ® Foam Cutter
- DecoArt® Products:
- 5 oz. Natural (off white) Texture Stucco™
- Burnt Umber Americana® Acrylic Paint
- Matte Spray Acrylic Sealer/Finisher
- 5" x 7" vertical family photo
- Medium, flat paint brush
- Serrated knife
- Plastic container
- Paper towels
- Saw-tooth hanger with nails
- On back of frame, in vertical position, attach saw-tooth hanger with hammer and nails. Remove photo area backing and set aside. So that Project Bricks will be flatter on frame, use Foam Cutter to cut 25 bricks in half, lengthwise. Save all pieces.
- Spoon out half of stucco mixture into plastic container. Use serrated knife to apply stucco to bottom front of frame, going up about two inches. Refer to photo to place bottom row of (cut) Project Bricks into stucco, cut side down. Before pressing in place, use knife to apply extra stucco to all edges of brick. Repeat with each brick to build up stucco between bricks, along top and bottom. (Note that you do not have to be “neat”. Allow stucco to extend onto front of bricks for effect.) Finish bottom row of bricks.
- Apply more stucco to frame, going up another inch. Referring to photo, continue adding bricks in second row, but stagger them and leave out a couple of bricks. If desired, trim edge of one brick to appear as though it was sheared off. Be sure there’s stucco between the rows and use serrated edge of knife to create irregular appearance to places where bricks are missing.
- With the third row, refer to photo and leave more areas with missing bricks or half bricks. Continue to reference photo and work up the frame, paying attention to where staggered bricks should be, intentionally allowing imperfections, sheared off bricks and missing bricks. (Note that if you change your mind, bricks can be removed and repositioned before stucco dries.)
- After you’re satisfied with bricks, apply extra stucco to inside edge of frame opening and all along outside edges of frame, keeping it rough like a stucco building. Let completely dry and clean plastic container.
- In the clean plastic container, thin down some burnt umber acrylic paint (approximately 2 parts paint to 1 part water) and mix with paint brush. Also dampen front and edges of frame with water by very quickly running water over it, but don’t soak. Apply thinned paint to bricks, starting at bottom and working up. Cover sides and bottom of frame, all edges of bricks and all stucco. Use damp paper towel to lighten stucco areas and apply extra thinned paint to bricks. Continue working up frame, to paint everything. Refer to photo to select certain bricks to darken by applying extra coats of thinned or full strength paint as needed. Check edges of frame and paint or lighten with paper towel as needed. Also “stain” wood on back of frame by applying thinned paint. Let thoroughly dry over night.
- In a well-ventilate area, apply matte spray sealer/finisher to entire frame and let dry. Insert photo and replace back on photo area.
*The following sources’ product were used for this project: FloraCraft® • DecoArt®•