Necessity is indeed the mother of invention!

One day I decided I wanted a textured styling board to replicate an aged plaster wall. I wanted a styling board that was lightweight and easy to grab at a moments notice. I scoured the internet hoping to find a tutorial to make such a board but with no luck. I decided to give it a whirl on my own and after a few rounds of trial and error, a textured styling board was born! My friend and film photographer, Brittany Mahood and I worked together to bring you this tutorial, which was recently featured on Magnolia Rouge. This is for you, my fellow creatives.


a blank canvas

pre-mixed plaster compound


paint brush

acrylic craft paint 

bowl for paint

drop cloth 


Lay out your drop cloth (or newspaper would work just lovely) and place the canvas in the center. Open the plaster and start spreading the plaster on to the canvas using your trowel, working the plaster from the center of the canvas to the outer edges. Continue until the entire canvas has been covered. The plaster is quite forgiving so if you're not thrilled with your original results, continue working the plaster until you've achieved a texture that you're happy with. I do encourage you to embrace the imperfections! The flaws often end up being the best part.



Once you have fully plastered the canvas and you are happy with the results, it's time to let the canvas dry. I would recommend 24 hours for the plaster to dry completely, perhaps longer for heavily applied plaster.


Time to paint! Pour the acrylic craft paint in a bowl and you're all set to go. I would highly recommend at least two coats of paint with ample drying time in between. The extra layers of paint will help seal the plaster and prevent it from chipping down the road. 

Once the paint has dried, you're ready to rock and roll. Enjoy and happy styling!