Painting Plaster Corbels

What You'll Need
Acrylic paints
Color blending palette

Plaster corbels are architectural pieces that project out of the wall and support weight. They are mainly used for decorative purposes in bathrooms and on cabinetry. When they are painted, they add a high definition look to the area. They easily take up dark varnish stains and gold leaf stains. However, light varnish and wax stains are not well accepted by the corbels made of plaster. Plaster corbels can easily be painted yourself if you follow the following steps.

Step 1: Clean the Corbel

Clean the corbel before painting to remove any dust particles on the corbel that would otherwise be a menace while painting.

Step 2: Color Scheme

Decide which color scheme to use. There are many you can choose from, for example, triad and tetrad, monotonous, complementary, split complementary or double split complementary. Use black to bring a dull look to any color. If you wish to give a tint of a color, use may use white.

Step 3: Careful Selection and Blending of Colors

One of the major mistakes that we all make is using the color directly from the bottle. This action may be applicable for painting signs or making cartoons but it is not preferred here. In order to give a more realistic look, colors are first blended. Use a palette and blend colors on it. Take your time to mix them. For instance, if you are painting roses, you will blend the bright red color you have with a bit of black to give a more realistic look. Experiment by blending colors. It will make you understand how to give a more realistic and rich look to the corbel.

Step 4: Brush Selection

A quality brush will lead to a better painted plaster corbel. Use soft, bristled, fine-tipped brushes if you're going for a detailed look. To paint larger areas, use thicker brushes.

Step 5: Painting the Corbel

After selection of the brush, dip it in the blended colors and paint the corbel. Start with the main color and largest area. This may be a basic pattern or a long line. After doing this use a thin brush to paint the details. Fill one color at a time. To give a uniform base, use a spray paint. It helps in saving time. Keep on reviewing your work as you go.

Step 6: Cover Mistakes if Any

Reapply paint to correct mistakes as paints dry up quickly on the plaster. Also, plaster easily dissolves in water. Dampen a cloth or a sponge and wipe off paint you don't want. Take your time in covering any faults. The more time you spend on the finished piece the more outstanding will it look. This step completes the painting of a plaster corbel. You can now clean up the work area, wash your brushes and enjoy your work.