Venetian plaster is a specialty finish using lime based pigments and resins to create cloud like impressions of color as opposed to consistent regular color or textures. The thickness or thinness of the layer of the material drying creates the random variations in the color.
The product spans the gap between art and plastering as a trade. So the plasterer spreading the material has to have the talent to apply short random strokes of small bits of finish with no discernable consistency. We plasterers used to joke that we’d be much better at installing Venetian Plaster after two martinis.
In fact my mentor Khalil Bennett, after just one training session, was considered a master by the Venetian Plaster trainers who taught us the technique. He drank martini’s until his passing at age 86.
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