This page will lead you through a step by step process of creating
this unique and interesting finish. Art Effects presents our Fossil Rock...
a distinctive, sophisticated and unique textured finish.
Textures have always been an interesting way to create imaginative finishes.
By using different materials, joint compound being the least expense,
and what we use in these examples, you can manipulate it to the effect you want.
The ideas are endless, just take a look around you, inside and outside,
different textures are everywhere, plus the materials to use to create this interesting Art Effect.
Using a wide putty or taping knife
Knock down your stippled joint compound.
After gathering your fossil materials
place your leaves, moss and other unique pieces in the flat parts of the mud.
After appling your ...leaves, moss, shells, etc in the joint compound
you need to wait till the mud is ALMOST completly dry before you remove your
fossil material. You don't want any give in the compound while you are pulling
your leaves, etc out. There is no way to give a exact time.
After removing your material allow the compound to dry overnight and then
lightly sand, prime and paint with either a final coat of paint or a basecoat
for a faux or glaze/stain finish. (If need be you can wait over night or longer
to remove your leaves, it will just be a little more difficult.)