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Natural Plasters + Paints


May 31, 2018 - June 3, 2018 Contact

Earliest Bird: $350 (90 days advance payment)

Early Bird: $400 (30 days advance payment)

Regular Rate: $450

Additional Discount: 10% for family and friends participating together

Plastering + painting is often the final touch of any natural building project, and it’s like putting the icing on the cake. It’s one of the greatest transformations, seeing a space go from looking like a work site to looking finished and beautiful.

We aim to provide a solid understanding of the basics of mixing and applying during these four days. We will be doing hands-on work on our existing cottages, so you will get experience that will translate directly into doing your own projects and renovations in the future. Expect to learn:

  • how to prep for the different layers of plaster
  • how to make clay slip from site soil
  • how to slake (soak) and store lime putty
  • mixing earthen and lime plasters
  • applying earthen and lime plasters
  • mixing and applying an adhesion coat on straw wall systems, prior to plastering
  • decorative plaster opportunities
  • using site clay vs. buying bagged clay
  • plastering on drywall
  • making paints/washes: clay alis, lime/casein paint, limewash
  • applying the different paints and washes
  • using the right plastering tools properly, and taking care of them

Three healthful, home-cooked meals are provided each day! You are encouraged to stay on campus throughout, either tenting or renting a cottage. Sharing time in this community of people is a wonderful part of the workshop experience.


May 31, 2018
June 3, 2018
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Mud Dauber School of Natural Building
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States


Mud Dauber School of Natural Building