Friday, March 20, 2015

Step by Step - Pictures of a Dramatic American Clay Wall

American Clay is a wonderful way to add value and character to your home.  This post is a simple DIY American Clay Tutorial.



I am an interior designer by degree and an American Clay applicator.  I absolutely can't say enough wonderful things about this product.  


This project I'm showing you wasn't my typical clay wall.   This wall's purposes was to be used as a photography backdrop instead of having to put up canvases in this professional photographers family room.  I had to view this project as more of an art piece than "just doing a wall"  



Believe it or not the hardest part for me is the "getting ready" part.  Mixing up all the clay (80 lb bag of clay!) and getting all the pigments right with the binder is always time consuming.  This project consisted of 3 colors - Bryce Canyon, Palomino Valley, and Acacia.  This was the first time I used American Clay's newer product Enjarre and Up and EZ binder.  Enjarre is their only one coat system and for those on a tighter budget it makes doing clay on the walls a doable option. 

Here are the before shots! 



Get ready to see the transformation from country STENCILS to Tuscan BEAUTY!!!

I troweled on a rotation of Bryce Canyon and Palomino Valley to give added depth and texture to the wall.



I'm sorry, isn't this clay is the most mouth watering, luxurious thing you have ever seen?  Makes me want to eat it! (which by the way you CAN, this stuff is so natural.)

Enjarre one coat mixed pigments of Bryce Canyon, Palomino Valley, and Acacia.




After I covered the walls in the 2 darker tones (which was tricky since the clay color wet isn't the clay color dry, so it is kind of like you are painting blind!) I skip troweled on the Acacia color in spontaneous areas.  Once the lighter color dried for a while I used a clean plastic trowel to blend it into the darker colors.


Here is the wall finished with the first coat and still wet.  (Remember the clay always dries a LOT lighter.)


Here are the AFTER shots! It is so textured and rich!  Can you also see this is a powder room, or a wall in your kitchen?  Give me a call and I'd be happy to do it!

Previously they had to hang canvas as a backdrop on their plain wall.  (isn't it loverly.) (-:


And now the AFTER shot. Isn't that wedding picture they took GORGEOUS!

Time for a fresh new look!

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What are your thoughts? :-)

   Do you like the rich deep terra cotta color or do you prefer lighter more subtle colors? 

Feel free to Contact me for any information regarding the clay or other design questions. 



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