The method consists of making a series of masses with gypsum, water, glue and pigments which are sufficiently consistent and which are of different colours in order to – once placed conveniently – create the effect or imitate marble, give a mottled effect or be an imitation of whichever other type of stone.
The tools that are used for this are: a type of trowel similar to the paleta catalana, but with a shorter dimension of the brass element, the stainless steel rectangular palette, the bufo knife, which is a kind of knife with a 90º end made of stainless steel and with a blade 40 or 50 cm long, stainless steel scrapers of different sizes, wooden scrapers of different sizes, cutting elements for excess mass known as verteles, tools to smoothen out surfaces, plasterer’s scrubbing brush, weighing device, electric oven, wooden blocks…
The materials with which to work with are: bone glue or really strong glue, drinkable water, hydroxide lime putty, pigments – all of a mineral origin -, sandpaper and abrasive products, raw linseed oil, gum turpentine or pure turpentine, solid beeswax and carnauba wax.
Finishings made of a lime base, with aggregates and pigments which enable to give many finishes to them such as: hot stucco, hot-ironed stucco and sgraffito, wall finishings made of various layers of mortar and bas-reliefs with different motives and decorations. The tools used in order to carry out these works are: stained steel trowels, palettes with a round end, wooden grout floats, scrapers, polystyrene trowels, iron pressing elements, penknives and gouges. The materials with which they work are basically lime, aggregates, water, pigments and soap.
School of high-end decoration Aldecor in Rute (Córdoba), alongside the master Manuel García and many other courses carried out in different provinces throughout Spain.
Lecture: “Estuco Mármol. Historia del Arte” (Marble Stucco. History of Art). Culture Centre in Santo Domingo de la Calzada (2013) and Culture Centre in Logroño (2013).
Theoretical class on the technique of Stucco and the Traditional Crafts at the School of Design of La Rioja, 2013 and 2017.
Lecture: “Oficios Tradicionales. La Técnica del Estuco” (Traditional Crafts. The Stucco Technique). Institute of Architects and Technical Architects, 2013.
Course delivered at the artists association of La Rioja (Casa de las Musas), 2016.
Worth mentioning are the many pieces carried out and exhibited in many exhibition halls such as: a table carried out in stucco, a stucco-made chess and a monolith lamp.
Casa Rural Entre Bosques, in el Rasillo (La Rioja): manufacture of the stone arches carried out with lime mortar.