Drywall Carvings

Drywall carvings are a great example of bas relief.  Bas Relief is a type of shallow relief sculpture.  What is a relief sculpture?  It is something that is carved into a medium but only on one side.  Check this relief sculpture out:

This is a messy project so you will need to put newsprint on the table every day before working and be sure to wash your table off.


  • Drywall
  • Carving tools
  • Water spray bottle

Drywall carving


  • Dampen board with a spray bottle to peel off cardboard on one side.  Do not Soak!!  Use either your fingers or crumpled up paper towel to rub all of the paper off of one side.
  • Use a pencil to draw on your design
  • Carve out your image.  Spritz with water to make easier to carve.
  • Finish with acrylic paint, watercolor, wood stain, or polyurethane.