Re: Drywall compound and gesso
We used to use Durabond 90. It's a small bag that you mix with water. The "90" is the approximate time (in seconds) that it will set and you can lay it on fairly heavy. Not sure about Canada, but in the US, check for it at a builder's supply; doubtful HD or Lowe's would carry it.
RE drywall mud; what you want to use is "All Purpose" which has glue and other emulsions -- not Topping. As with a lot of other materials, it is always best to do thin coats instead of just one heavy coat. Experiment.
We did a entry way and adjacent areas leading into the lounge at a Hilton Resort in a large layered palm frond design using a margin trowel and Durabound 90. The texture was fairly heavy but had no noticeable cracks or sagging. The finished work - after being painted - was in one of the trade magazines.
Best wishes, and good luck with your project, ...
"If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere." ~ Vincent Van Gogh
Last edited by AZ Traveler : 04-25-2010 at 08:37 PM.