Ploughing on outside – or is it?

I’ve been working on a wall face that won’t normally be seen. That may need an explanation. The front attic of three bays was originally made in two removable sections, all at different floor levels. There is a gap between the roof edges of the two sections of about just under 2 cms so that where there should be a party-wall there are in fact two walls and a ‘dead’ area.  Normally such an area would be ideal for running lighting but that’s already sorted on a left/right basis which happens to divide just before this wall.

I can sort out the roof slope gap and I’ve decided to try to make at least one of the hidden wall faces within the gap look as though it is old lathe and lime plasterwork, with bits missing and very rough and dirty to boot.  An ideal place for hiding the mice and rats etc, perhaps?

(click on an image to view more clearly in full gallery and reach the link for larger image – below right of each gallery image)

So far there’s four woven card panels for the lathe and a mix of off white paint, Mod Podge glue and white wood filler and some wood filler by itself all glued up and/or shmeared on the surface along with sheep’s wool and straw.  The stuff in our own house (yes, we still have lathe and lime plaster ceilings in some rooms) has goat’s hair (much shorter and thicker) and dung mixed in with bits of straw.  Didn’t fancy the dung bit at all and hadn’t any goat’s hair to hand so went with what I had.  Next coat will have indoor plaster mix in instead of wood filler, I think.

It’s going to need many layers of this and that and a good deal of cleaning up around the edges, but it is so enjoyable to finger paint, isn’t it, so why not splurge while you can?


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