...Only less colorful.
This what what I would most like the cottage to resemble, its plaster surface and realistic detail.
The Wall Report: So it's not as heavy as I thought it might be with 32 ozs. of compound slathered on there for a basecoat. It seems to be highly successful wallosity where sufficient amounts were applied. I'm thinking that I might want to use something cheaper as a first coat and use Flex-all as the coup de grace. Or risk spending about $100 worth on wall sludge. The thing is, I used the last bit in the tub on one of the tree branches to see what it would do and I have to say, woo. It seems an ideal last layer of construct before painting as it adhered flawlessly, increased toughness of the finer twigs, and yet remains elastic enough to flex without breakage. Much better than the plaster, matte medium, and acrylic paint concoctive I made to coat the papier mache 3 years ago.
It's definitely not a soggy wall now that it's dry. The shape is completely rigid. It's been wicked hot here these days and hopefully any moisture in the paper cardstock underment will be well dried. "No mold in Halfland!"
Issues: Ma' wooden peg broke when I took out the panel to look more closely at it. Hmm, drill out the hole and replace the wood with a externally-threaded, hardened steel dowel pin?
(From the basics of design engineering: A "stud" is an externally threaded headless fastener. One end usually mates with a tapped component and the other with a standard nut.) *Sounds more like a description of many of the relationships in LA! heh.
Next Step: Try out different compounds on other wall panels. I'll have the walls done before I know it.
Next challenge: How to add a wooden threshold to the panels on either side of the wooden cottage door? I plan to Google some images of country peasant cottage doors to get an idea.