Fresco is the Italian word for "fresh".
The most famous fresco is the Michaelangelo masterpiece found on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. While I'm clearly no Michaelangelo, I wanted to share a neat idea with you - making fresco coasters.
Given the literal meaning of fresco, I think this craft is appropriate as in my Spanish culture, when someone wants a nice cold drink, we refer to it as a 'refresco'.
But enough with the Italian, Spanish and art lesson...let's get to the craft at hand.
You will need:
Plaster of Paris (also known as molding plaster)
Mini aluminum pie trays
Something to mix the plaster in
image for inspiration
Sand paper (very fine grain)
Mix the Plaster of Paris as per package instructions
(tip: I bought mine at the Dollar Store, as
it comes in a little casting handprint kit)
Pour the plaster mixture into the trays.
Tap the trays lightly to remove air bubbles.
Let it harden a little (mine took about 5 minutes)
When the plaster moves away from the edge of
the tin tray you will know you can remove it
Gently remove the plaster (it should feel cold and moist).
Gently sand the corrugate edges and any uniformity on the plaster (be very gentle).
I got ahead of myself and skipped this part, but don't you
think these would make amazing giant soda bottle caps?
Me loves that craftberry!
Now that you have your surface ready, start your painting.
The paint will be absorbed by the plaster so you might want
to start light and work your way towards darker. You can
always add colour, but taking colour away is not as easy.
Don't be intimidated - if it doesn't work out, just sand the
surface and start over. Plaster takes about 9 hours to
completely dry, so you have about 7 hours to complete!!
You can create something very simple, or...
Something a little more intricate
An apple a day...
A romantic Magnolia
A Fall/Thanksgiving oak leaf...
A Pottery Barn inspired cardinal