Tilano Fresco

Frequently Asked Question


Do you have to be an Artist?
We have been asked this question at times, the answer is no. We have designed the Silhouette Fresco Kit to be a great starting point for anyone looking to make a decorative tile. The website is design to inspire and share the info needed to work with Lime Plaster in making decorative tiles. If your an Artist, than you will quickly see the versatility in working with Lime Plaster. The techniques/finishes are many and a joy to work with! 

Are all of our products organic?
No, although we try to source and provide organic materials as much as possible. For the Silhouette Fresco Kit, the products in the kit are true to form, meaning the Lime Plaster and Pigments are Organic, they have not been reformed or diluted by modern methods i.e. no polymers, acrylics or VOC. The methods of application and coloring the Lime Plaster are true to form.

What is Lime Plaster?
Lime Plaster has a very storied past in art history and is very common in Europe as a traditional architectural wall application. As a decorative artist based in Vancouver, I use lime plaster just about every day to create a variety of finishes for Interior Designer, Architects and private Homes. It's fantastic for Fireplace Mantels and Surrounds, Backslashes, Counter-Tops and Feature Walls are what keep my hand dirty. You can see more here Distinct Interiors. Lime Plaster source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lime_plaster

Is it hard to make a Fresco?
No not all, simply follow the videos and instructions for your guide to a world of creative tips and tricks. If your creative by nature and have a crafty hand, then we are sure you will enjoy this discovery process working with one of the oldest and purest art mediums. We believe, the finished outcome of your tile will lead to further interest in what can be done.

What is a True Fresco?
True Fresco(fresh), it goes back for centuries as the Artisans used this technique to paint on wet plaster. Best part, you are using the same methods and Lime Plaster that Michael Angelo used when he painted one of his Masterpieces, The Sistine Chapel. Thus, if it was good enough for Da Vinci and Michael Angelo, than it is good enough for us!

Can I transfer onto Lime Plaster?
Indeed, this is a common question now that the new Fresco site is up. I will post about this in the near future how to.
Until then, please contact us through the live chat on the Home page in the upper right or contact here.

Best way to learn?
Watch the videos, read the instructions and use them as a guide to copy the techniques to create your initial tiles.
Once you are comfortable with the processes, please take it beyond. That's the best part of art, experiment!

Will the plaster crack?
Plaster does not crack. It only cracks if the substrate moves, then it will more than likely crack.

What is a Silhouette Stencil?
Our stencils are designed and cut in house, we create the design and quotes on a black sticky vinyl. The vinyl is designed to stick to the Lime Plaster. The key to making it stick is having a relatively smooth surface and most import - dust free. Don't let the sticky sides of the vinyl touch each other, very difficult to remove and will usually change the design of the stencil.

Are dry times important?
Yes and they vary. For a couple of factors, room temp, humidity, climate. For example, we are based in Vancouver BC, Canada, thus it rains just a little, I find the plaster holds much more moisture in the rainy season than the summer, that's Mother nature drying method. In the instructions and videos we offer using a heat gun/hair dryer or an oven to help speed up dry times. Please review these instructions when your creating your Fresco.

Can I stamp the plaster?
Yes, you can stamp on the plaster. While it is wet and drying you can achieve an embossed effect or once the plaster is dry you can stamp with inks on the plaster, permanent or water based.

Can I wax the Lime Plaster?
Certainly, many artisan throughout history waxed their Fresco and still do today.

What is Soap Wax?
It is a wax specifically design to work with Lime Plaster, it seals the surface of the Lime Plaster, without creating a film or coating. It actually dries into the tops surface of the Lime Plaster. Soap Wax helps to hold color in case there is moisture or other colors to be applied on top. It still allows for other colors, glazes, paints and sealers to be applied.

What does waxing do?
It helps provide a protective surface and seals in the colors or tones in the Lime Plaster.
You can buff the surface of the tile once you have waxed it, from a satin to high gloss reflection.

Can I paint the Fresco?
Yes, painting on top of a dry fresco or plaster is common. That said, we have designed this kit for working with powdered pigments, not paints. Be sure not to add paint to the lime plaster when wet, I have tried this and the end results varied too much for me to professionally recommend doing so. But it is Art, 'there are no rules' but there are guidelines. 

Can the tiles go outside?
Yes/No, depends where you live? In Canada, you have the 4 seasons to deal with. If you are in a dry climate, then sure. That said, if you really want to make some specifically for the outdoors, contact us and we will let you know how.

What to do the tiles weigh?
The tiles weigh 3 pounds, 8" x 8" square and 1 " thick, 'Green' MDF.

What can I apply the Lime Plaster to?
Just about anything. As long as you have prepped the surface properly, than the Lime Plaster will stick.
Here is what we have tried, wood, plastic, metal, glass, paper, canvas, cloth, paint…

Remember… As some wise person once said "All things are difficult before they are easy."
Be patient. The great Masters were.
It can get a little dusty, work in an area where you feel this ok, where dust mask if you like, a little mess is part in parcel.
Use the instructions and the videos to help you out along the way.
After you have done one, your confidence will grow with each successive tile.
As you may already know, an accident in creating is often a Master piece in disguise!

Artist mantra...
"Don't ever give up" -Jim Valvano
Great quote and an even better mantra for Art. Ask any artist, quite often the end result is far different from the conception. That is the process sometimes or some would say the 'Artist Journey', no matter, that is Art!