Our specialty finishes represent a range of products that rely either on there application technique, non plaster product, extreme product modification or some combination of these to achieve the desired effect.
Venetian Plaster || Aquarello
Not actually a plaster but an Acrylic Resin brushed finish over a plaster. A derivative of acquarella, a style of watercolor painting.
General - Aquarello is the result of a wash technique generally used over a 100% slaked lime plaster mixed with quartz sand. This plaster product goes by the trade name Prontomuro and is used as a ground under many of our Lime finishes.
Texture - Prontomuro may be applied rough and flat or rough with interest. Has a purchase as compressed sand yet not as sharp as sandpaper.
Colour and Technique - This plaster is white with black sand and may be pigmented to about 70% of black, however for the aquarello finish it is the resin that is tinted, normally to a midrange and applied in the traditional aquarello manner.
Architectural Treatments - The Aquarello is suitable in any environment requiring a pastoral or weathered feel. Works well with both modern and traditional design and can be applied over all standard substrates inside or outside.
Venetian Plaster || Etruria
Not really a plaster but rather a modern textured brushed technique.
General - The etruria finish is in reality a glaze finish applied over a quartz sand in dispersion. As an acrylic it is extremely long lasting, durable and scrubbable.
Texture - texture with great purchase , similar to that of an open sand paper.
Colour and Technique - this product may be colored to suit any need, it's appearance is as a wash with crisscross or circular (aquarello style) texture.
Architectural Treatments - As a glaze and texture this product may be used anywhere inside where a soft wash and texture is suited. Applicable to all common substrate.
Also known as Strange Marmorino. It is really a technique using a combination of our plasters.
General - this finish owes it's name to Marmorino but it's appearance is all Venetian. This is an opulent mirror finish and another hybrid of 100% pure slaked lime filtered and unfiltered with both marble dust, quartz sand and marble flour in the mix.
Texture - The surface is smooth to the touch and highly polished with an irregular pattern exhibiting translucent dimensionality.
Colour and Technique - A pure lime and therefore capable of only about 70% of black. This is an involved multilayered process with the result of great depth in the finish.
Architectural Treatments - As a pure lime the moisture transpiration properties of this finish dictate that it must be used outside only over civil plaster. However generally it is reserved for luxurios interiors and id suitable over all standard interior substrates.
Venetian Plaster || Metalo
One of the true moderns, the use of metallic modified plasters has become popular in recent years. Photographic images unfortunately do the metalos little justice.
General - Made with acrylic resin and fine marble dust from Carrera combined with various metal powders. This finish defines the word luster and can give the effect of an old world patina or the soft modern burnished look of hand rubbed bronze or aluminum.
Texture - Smooth to the touch and matt with little sheen and satin to medium polished metallic reflectivity.
Colour and Technique - Colours are limited to the metals but a variety of silvers, coppers, bronzes and their respective patinas as well as gold. The almost powdery appearance of the metalo and its irregular pattern are enhanced by its random metallic reflectivity.
Architectural Treatments - This durable specialty finish is found in a variety of architectural applications requiring specialized metal like appearance or where the effect of patina is desired. May be applied inside over all common substrate.
Luscious would be a merited description of this magnificent variation.
General - Both versatile and extremely durable, this is the same sovereign Veneziano made with acrylic resin and fine marble dust from Carrera.
Texture - Identical to Veneziano. As smooth as glass to the touch and capable of a superb sheen, its tactile appeal is challenged only by its opulent effect.
Colour and Technique - Veneziano may be pigmented to virtually any two colors. Depending on technique and color choice it's natural appearance can range from audacious and contrasty to fluid and diminished.
Architectural Treatments - Stately and august Veneziano, is at home in both luxurious commercial and residential settings. Its sensual sheen lends itself well to nearly all types of quality architectural design and it's durability makes it suitable even for areas well trafficked. Additionally it is water resistant and suitable over nearly all substrate including hydraulic limes and cement.
Suspended in wax, the use of metallic powders can add a new dimension to the opulence of decorative plaster.
General - Mica powders are generally applied to the resin products but may be used with limes, however the moisture transpiration properties will be impaired.
Texture - Highlights the texture of the surface it's used on, adding rich dimension. The mica powders create reflection depending upon the incident angle of light. The wax has an overall general polished reflectivity.
Colour and Technique - Mica powders are available in variety. Carried by the wax, these powders may be used to highlight stencil work or texture and can be applied in nearly limitless patterns such as stripes, harlequin or banding. Suitable as an accent or overall.
Architectural Treatments - Mica suspended in wax is used only as an interior embellishment and is suited only for smooth finishes, primarily Veneziano.
Venetian Plaster || Resin Montovano
Designed to mimic the classic historical Montovano, this is truly a finish unto itself. More than durable this remarkable finish owes its popularity to it's unique appearance.
General - Created with a textured quartz base under an acrylic resin and marble dust Veneziano, this finish is a hybrid only by virtue of technique.
Texture - Smooth to the touch with minor troughs. The surface is highly polished and irregular.
Colour and Technique - Available in virtually all colors. Exhibits general mottling throughout as with the Veneziano finish, yet with added stucture and interest. Has an irregular combed look. The lighter colors exhibit random dotting. Very active upon close inspection yet largely fluid over broad areas. May be applied in bi-colore.
Architectural Treatments - Generally suitable for interiors only this finish may be applied over all standard substrate. Opulent and sumptuous this finish can be employed equally well in an austere modern design or a florid traditional one.
Venetian Plaster || Stenciling
Stencilling with decorative plaster is generally employed as an embossed bas relief.
General - Mostly used with the acrylic resin modified plasters however it may be used with some limes. Standard paint pounced stencil work is also commonly used over finished plaster.
Texture - Texture is a direct result of underlayment and topcoat interaction and can be smooth or rough. Relief and build is relative to stencil depth.
Colour and Technique - As a rule color does not vary, however when used as appliqué any color within the range of the product may be used. Paint and mica wax may also be used to stencil.
Architectural Treatments - Stenciling is primarily used as an embellishment to the finish and may be suitable for any environment from commercial company logos to traditional Victorian residential banding patterns.