wickerChair.01.en.html #3 Use a sponge float for finishing the plaster. Keep sponge float clean and brush away large grains with clean, soft, kitchen type sponge. Plaster with standard 3 dry measures of sand and one dry measure of cement, plus color. Add about half as much extra cement as color volume. Need spacers under feet to keep from rotting.
What a neat and simple idea for a pattern! tie string tightly around a block of wood, dip lightly in ink and press to the paper using different, alternating directions. This will give you a "basket weave" effect when you're done.