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Venetian Plaster Kit

The Venetian Plaster Kit comes complete with everything you need to get started. It is a perfect way for you to get to know the Max Meyer Venetian Plaster system on a professional level. Why wait. Prepare yourself today for this booming new trend.

Venetian Plaster Kit
CODE: Kit 1000
$ 235.00

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Antique Plaster Effects

artSparx has created a 3 stage step-by-step tutorial series. Series 1 begins with basic plaster application, our 2nd series illustrates antique glazing and plaster distressing methods, culminating in the final fresco simulation series 3, hand-painted elements. You can complete each tutorial as a finish and style in it's own right. Or, depending on your interests and style needs, combine the tutorials to achieve the hand-painted fresco appearance that will bring your environment to life.

Tuscan Style

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Tuscan style evolved through layers of history, taking cues from the earliest Etruscan metal craft and pottery, and of course, from the sumptuous world of the Italian Renaissance. In Tuscany one finds frescoes, cracked and worn by time, still vibrant with original pigment, depicting ancient deities and the decadence of the late Roman empire.

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Furniture Antiquing 

Ideally suited for kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities and almost any piece of furniture. Create a polished ivory look, or a Classic French striee with this glazing recipe and technique.

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23kt Edible Gold
& Silver Leaf

Add to cakes, cookies, champagne and much more!

Because everyday is a celebration; birthdays, weddings, graduation or just a happy day, the GildedPlanet brings the art of gilding to all celebrations and festivities! Delivered in
a decorative gift box, each kit includes .35 grams of Edible Gold flakes or Edible Gold dust with "Romantic Recipes," a recipe card of cocktails and dessert ideas using Edible Gold leaf.

$ 39.99
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Masking tip: 
Always test an area to be taped before beginning the masking job. Wallpaper is particularly susceptible to tearing. Lacquer and varnish surfaces on furniture may come off easily with the tape and the item could be severely damaged.



Venetian Plaster
Advanced Preparation Tutorial
360 Colors available plus 24 pre-tints

Ratings 3 - 4

For use on: walls, ceilings, furniture and objects
The Advanced Preparation Tutorial
Gives you a better understanding of the overall preparation methods used to prep all of artSparx Venetian Plaster applications. Whether it be indoor or outdoor, on concrete, wood, or plaster, this easy to follow preparation system prepares you for any application.
Fixatives serve many purposes and are a crucial part of almost every interior & exterior plaster and stucco application. This first purpose of any Fixative is to provide anchorage between the surface and the medium. The second attribute of a Fixative is consolidation. Fixatives have the ability to absorb into the surface and fill in particular areas that primers can't. Depending on the type of reaction you want, specific fixatives can be used to completely block these pores, allow some transpiration (exchange of the elements) or completely allow it. A fixative such as an Acrylic Fixative, will consolidate the surface, allow some transpiration, and provide excellent anchorage. A Solvent Fixative will penetrate into these pores and completely seal them. These are the two most common of fixatives offered by
The second and not always necessary procedure when preparing surfaces is to establish a well primed surface. When applying decorative plasters, a coat of Quartz Paint Primer is often the best solution. Quartz Paints have a porrus surface, which absorb the plasters at a perfect rate. Other standard acrylic or PVA primers work in disposition and fight the plasters absorbtion. When applying plasters over a Quartz Primed surface, the applicator will immediately notice changes in his spreading ability, his covering power, and even his final effects.

Primers are not necessary in all applications. For example, MamoFloat, Stucco Rustico, Marmorino and other lime based applications react perfectly with the fixatives.
When finished with any application, lightly sand all corners and moldings so they are free of particles that may get snagged and pulled off.

For previously painted surfaces, it is a good idea to sand the surface with 400 grit sandpaper before applying fixative.

For particularly absorbent mineral, cement, or stucco surfaces, apply Normalizing Fixative by Max Meyer to completely block over absorption is a good idea. Normalizing Fixatives will still allow the surface to "breath."

Only apply Rustico and MarmoFloat exterior applications over properly scratch-coated surfaces or over properly constructed EIFS surfaces.

To completely seal any textured or aggregate application, use SIL 707 by Baldini Vernici. SIL is a cement sealer.

When self-tinting product, be sure to tint the product with it's proper colorants. All Lime Based products require oxide pigments. Refer to each products technical sheet before application.

Before starting any project, be sure to test and experiment with the finish on relevant surfaces before applying it. The procedures and applications are only recommendations and suggestions developed to the best of our knowledge. It is not to state that applications will always replicate themselves through the hands of every applicator.

For a perfectly smooth surface, always apply fixatives and quartz with a foam roller.

Quartz Paint and Acrylic Fixative can be combined applied as one coat. To achieve this, dilute the Acrylic Fixative to 400% by volume with water, and dilute the Quartz Paint 75% by volume with water. Combine the two mixtures to a 50-50 mixture. Spread with a white foam roller.



Stucco Veneziano is decorative paste stucco for interior applications that delivers a highly decorative, encaustic, glossy finish. Baldini Vernici has created a natural, easy to use, Venetian Plaster for the new millennium using only the finest raw materials.
Stucco Veneziano
CODE: 420080.2
5 liter - $68.95
Stucco Veneziano
CODE: 420090.3
14 liter - $183.95

Technical Sheet
MSDS Information

Custom Mix color options

Popular Color Schemes



Rosa Lacca
Available Color Charts
Universal Color Choices
360 Colors available plus
24 pre-tints
Advanced Color Matching:

Please Note: computer color appearances vary from monitor to monitor. The following colors are representations of actual colors available - they are not exact color samples. Complete color chart are available and can be shipped directly to your location. To request a color chart click here..

Ulivo Chiaro

Blue Cina

Rosa pompeiano

Verde Smerelda

Getting Started...
Lets take a look at a common preparation procedure for an interior Venetian Plaster application. Here, we want the smoothest surface possible for a smooth application, and a strong bond for a long lasting guarantee.
Step 1.
Apply a coat of Acrylic Fixative to the surface using a quarter inch roller. If aiming to completely water-proof the surface, instead of Acrylic Fixative, use Solvent Fixative. This in turn will block any ability for the surface to "breath."
Step 2.
After the fixative has dried, apply a coat of Fine Quartz Paint Primer to the surface with a quarter inch roller. Dilute the Quartz Paint up to 25% by volume. Quartz Paint may be applied by spray. If so, dilute to 40% by volume.
Step 3.
Inspect the entire area and scrape off any left-over particles, drips, or debris with a spatula or blade.
Step 4.
For corners with metal bases, sand to the metal and coat with Acrylic Fixative or spray with BIN (Available at Home Depot). This will further protect all corners and edges from possible damage.

Complete Basic Gilding Kits



Includes all the tools and materials
to apply imitation gold leaf, aluminum or copper leaf. Set contains one 4 oz. bottle
of Gilding Size, natural hair brush, cotton and mixing sticks, wet/dry paper and
book of leaf. Water-based.
book contains 25 leaves.
Each leaf is 5.5" x 5.5" square. Approx coverage is 5.25 sq. ft.

$ 24.95

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Wax for Venetian Plaster

Recommended for commercial and high traffic areas.

Wax for Veneziano
Wax for Veneziano is an oil based wax for decorative interior plasters. It penet...

Acrylic Fixative

Acrylic Fixative

Acrylic Fixative is a sealer based on low-odor acrylic resins. It is a Single co...



Quartz Paint

Quartz Paint
Fine Quartz Paint is quartz facing in an acrylic formula. It is a flat finish pa...



TeamSoft Spatula

TeamSoft Spatula
TeamTools Soft Spatulas provide are made of 100% stainless steel. Soft Spatulas ...



Traditional Trowel

Traditional Trowel
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Aluminum Leaf

Dutch Gold or
composition leaf

Aluminum Leaf imitates the illusion of genuine Silver, at a fraction of the cost. Each individual sheet is bigger and easier to handle then its genuine counter part.

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The same applies for 'Dutch Gold', or 'Composition Leaf'. But due to the large brass content, this imitation gold must have a sealer applied to prevent tarnishing, unlike genuine gold leaf.

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The Paint Effects Bible: 100 Recipes for Faux Finishes


The Paint Effects Bible:
100 Recipes for Faux Finishes

The Paint Effects Bible is a library of faux finishes: 100 of them. Each is described on a single spread with a large photograph of the finish plus step-by-step illustrations, an ingredients list, and detailed instructions for creating the effect.

A valuable source for professional and amateur decorators alike, this book comes in a handy, pocket-sized format with a concealed wire-binding that lays flat during use.

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