Fresco Harmony Application Guide Techniques

The look, texture, and depth of the design is found in the application technique of the base coat and the primary coat.  Let’s take a look at some of the different techniques you can do with Fresco Harmony.

1)  Subtle technique – very faint lines, minimal depth, no aggressive lines.
2) Medium technique – thicker color in some spots, more aggressive and defined lines.
3)  Aggressive technique – high depth, vast color intensity, sharp defined lines.

The base coat covers the existing texture and sets the substrate for the topcoat of mud. I start by using a 14” round-edged trowel or pool trowel, a 12” hawk, a 6-inch pallet knife, and various assortments of smaller plastic knives. The plastic knives can be cut and shaped into various sizes that allow me to access harder-to-reach spaces. I then either have a helper roll the base coat out with a roller and follow as the applicator, or simply apply the base coat myself, smoothing the base coat out with a pool trowel while it is still moist. This abstract consistency of the lightening bolt texture is important to the final appearance. I can achieve large amounts of square footage without any break lines or color differences from one batch of mud to the next.

Applying the base coat:

Applying the topcoat:

The topcoat is also known as the artistic coat, and its versatility allows me to achieve anything from a raised Aspen tree to subtle layers of smooth coats. The 4 techniques or coats I use most are “The Swirl”, “The Layered Method”, “Rare Earth”, and “Artistic Finishes”.

This method is unique to joint compound. Because of the soft consistency of the medium, I can swirl either two colors of joint compound together or various assortments of metallic to achieve a one-of-a-kind look. This is done by using one scoop of mud with the six-inch knife on the hawk, a small pancake-sized amount of metallic, and swirling them together before the application. If I’m swirling two colors of mud I use a three-inch knife to scoop the accent color and a six inch knife to scoop the dominant color then give the two colors a quick swirl on my hawk. I am careful not to swirl too much as the mediums will blend too much and loose the desired effect. I then apply it to a 3 x 3 foot section of the wall surface. I start in the upper left hand corner and work left to right across the surface. For left handed applications, start in the upper right hand corner and work right to left or counter clockwise.

“The Swirl”

“The Layered Method”

This method is achieved by using relatively the same or different color, applying it to 3 x 3 sections of the wall and working large abstract sections of the wall. This creates an inconsistent break line. The mud is then pulled back off the wall leaving a thin layer over the base coat This creates a smoother more velvety suede look.