Drywall Hawk

The Drywall hawk, is a standard tool used by many hand brocade artists.

They are not the easiest of tools to use, but when applying hand brocade, you definitely need two of them.

You can vary your brocade patterns by applying some 4mil or 6mil plastic to your applicator hawk.

Cover one side and use duct tape to hold the plastic to the drywall hawk. You will get some interesting textures by doing this.

If you want to make a heavy hand texture on your walls, you will not use any plastic on the applicator hawk. You can also use a plaster trawl with the hawk. Use it to put the mud on the drywall. Using one of the hawks you can "mash" the mud. Each time you pull off, it will leave a different pattern.

The key with all hand textures is to make them random. A common mistake that entry level drywall hawk applicators make, is to repeat the same patterns. A random pattern looks very uniform. One of the easiest ways to get a random pattern is to keep on turning the hawk as you stomp the drywall mud on the wall or ceiling.

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If you are looking for heavy plastic, for your drywall hawks, you will want to get the same type of plastic they use in crawl spaces as a vapor barrier. Get the 4 mil poly. The lightweight painters poly does not work very well. It rips and tears after a small amount of use.

This tool takes some time to get use to. Do not expect to pick it up and master it within a short amount of time. It will take practice.

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