There are some viral videos online right now that demonstrate the clever art of using drywall to create some pretty amazing pieces of art. These textural beauties appear to be as easy as cutting in to the damp drywall with a palette-knife, with the end-result becoming a stunning, three-dimensional focal point for the room. Before you begin shaping, cutting, and crafting, there are some things that you should know about turning ordinary drywall into an unconventional conversation piece.
Some tips for turning your damp drywall into art are:
Be realistic. Unless you are planning to unleash your artistic genius on your wet drywall surface, you will likely need to create a mold. This allows you to create the three-dimensional effect that will make an awesome, aesthetically-appealing display. If you prefer to use brushes and knives to simply maneuver the drywall compound to create your art (much like the artist videos online), be prepared for trial and error by keeping plenty of compound and mud on hand.
Shop for supplies. You will need some specific things to complete your textural drywall masterpiece, and some of the basic supplies, in addition to your drywall compound and mud, are:
- Drywall netting.
- Drywall putty.
- A putty knife (or two).
- Wood for your mold.
Make your molds. Most drywall artwork begins with a wood mold; cut or carve your molds out of wood, and make them sized a little smaller than what you want your finished product to be. These are secured to the wall using nails, and then cover the molds with drywall netting and tape. This prepares the mold for the next step, which is adding the compound to your piece.
Apply compound to the creation. Apply drywall mud to the mold, applying it thick and completely covering your mold. This should be allowed to fully dry; typically, in 48-hours it should be ready to sand and paint. If you begin to lose your nerve, consider contacting a drywall contractor to complete your vision and make your drywall dreams come true!
Check out some of the videos online to get a deeper understanding of the different ways to transform a simply drywall surface into something amazing. The key is to recognize your own artistic limitations, and to not become discouraged if your wall doesn't look like the masterpieces of artists on the web. With practice, a wood mold, and some simple tips, you may transform an otherwise-ordinary wall into a scene that appears to jump right off the wall when you walk by!