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  • Getting Started in Venetian Plaster: from painter to plasterer

    Like faux painting, Venetian plastering offers the artist considerable creative scope. A skilled Venetian plasterer can produce anything from a cold, glossy, marble-like surface to a warm, antiquelooking distressed effects. Yet a Venetian plaster wall is more durable than any painted surface, and a skilled plasterer’s creativity can be admired for many years to come.

    What is Venetian plaster?

  • lime binders and lime based paints, sealants and coatings

    Lime has been the main binder used in construction during the last ten thousand years.
    It’s been used since at least 7500 BC in Jordan and can also be found in the walls of early Egyptian tombs. Builders in the Roman Empire used it in many structures, although it wasn’t until the Renaissance that marble dust was first added to lime plaster, allowing for the hard, smooth finish forever associated with Venetian palazzos: Venetian Marmorino.

  • Marmorino Pastellone for floors

    When the historical buildings of the Republic of Venice were erected all the construction materials and the corresponding techniques were always carefully selected. Even at that time architects were aware of the importance of the durability of buildings in a very hostile environment such as that existing in Venice, characterized by permanent humid air and capillary rise of salty water from the foundations.

  • Some woods are sensitive to the alkaline of the lime among them the oak.