Thursday, June 30, 2011

How to Stencil a Wall

Stencils are simple to apply and instantly add character to a room. With a little time and consideration, this truly is an inexpensive decorating idea for your home.

Repositionable spray adhesive
Low-tack masking tape
Extra-large stencilling brush
Artists' acrylic paint

1. Lightly spray the back of the first stencil piece (our fern stencil had three parts) with adhesive so that it will adhere to the wall, leaving your hands free for painting. (the spray leaves no trace of glue behind and holds the stencil securely to your chosen surface, so that the chances pf the paint bleeding under the stencil is minimised). Stick the piece to the wall. Stick a small piece of tape under each of the two registration holes (so that you won't mark the wall) then use a pencil to draw a cross on each piece of tape. 

2. Take a small amount of paint on to the bristles of your brush (we used artists' acrylic paint, because it is water-based and dries quickly), then circle the brush on a paper towel to remove any excess and to spread paint evenly through the bristles. Using circling motions, apply the paint to the wall through the holes of the stencil, aiming to achieve consistent paint finish on the wall. Once you have painted the first piece, wait for the paint to dry then peel stencil away from the wall. Use tape marks to position the second piece of stencil, repeating tape process with the registration holes on that piece, then paint as before. Repeat with the third piece, then repeat process to make another two ferns.

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