How to Do Stamped Concrete Patterns


Stamping is a design technique for adding pattern impressions onto the surface of a slab of concrete. You can use stamping to create the look of individual stones and pavers or add an abstract texture for an unusual effect. The stamped concrete is achieved by using stamping mats constructed in a similar manner to that of small rubber stamps used for ink stamping. Use the mats on wet concrete to make the impressions deep and well defined.

Things You'll Need

  • Powdered concrete pigment
  • Powdered release agent
  • 2 concrete stamping mats
  • Brush
  • Plastic mallet
  • Garden hose
  • Clear concrete sealer
  • Sprinkle powdered concrete pigment onto the wet concrete and leave the concrete to set until ready for stamping. When you push your finger into the wet concrete and the indentation remains in place, the concrete is ready.

  • Spread powdered release agent onto the colored concrete to allow for clean stamp impressions. Mix three-and-a-half pounds of the powder for every 100 square feet of concrete you are stamping.

  • Apply a thin coat of release powder onto stamping mats and dust off the excess with a brush. Apply powder onto all of the grooves and corners of the mat.

  • Set the first mat down on top of the wet concrete and position how you want the pattern to be impressed. Tap the mat into the concrete gently with a plastic mallet to transfer the pattern.

  • Lay a second mat next to the first and arrange the mat before setting it down like the first. Align the mats so the pattern flows continually.

  • Lift the first mat off the cement and press it down next to the second one then move the second one next to the first one. Keep moving the mats one at a time until the entire concrete slab is stamped.

  • Leave the concrete to cure until set and hardened. You can then spray the concrete with a garden hose to clean away all of the release agent.

  • Apply clear concrete sealer to the cured concrete in a thin, even layer. Reapply the sealer every three years to keep the stamped patterns looking best.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can spread a thin two-inch layer of concrete onto an existing concrete slab to stamp already-set concrete.
  • Do not let the concrete get too dry before stamping or you will not be able to create the pattern.

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