Today I’m sharing my first art painting project. It’s a great diy project for beginners because it doesn’t require lots of creative painting skill, which I don’t have.
This painting project is a result of my analysis paralysis. I’ve been wanting new art for my room but I can’t make a decision. Does anyone else have this problem?
I search and search but nothing is perfect. Art is so hard to choose. So what do I have? A blank wall for years. I finally decided that I would try to make something temporary to fill the space until that perfect thing crosses my path.
I was inspired by this modern botanical wall art piece that I saw on Etsy. I love it, but I wanted something in a different color. It seemed like making my own botanical art would be a simple project. I decided to try it using stencils (never having used a stencil before in my life). This is a great way to get the perfect image and the perfect size to fit your home decor and you can complete the whole process without spending a lot of time. So here is my step-by-step tutorial.
Supplies Needed for DIY Stencil
To make your own diy botanical art using a stencil you will need these supplies:
- Canvas – You could use a canvas, a piece of wood or, I used some bulletin boards that I have had in my closet for two years. I recommend buying twice what you think you will use so you have extras if you make mistakes. My bulletin boards were about 18×24.
- Base color – I liked the dark background with a white botanical. You could use any color that provides a lot of contrast. I used Blue Behr paint ( sample 8 oz size is a great option).
- Stencil paint color – I used white primer that I had leftover.
- Stencils – I bought my stencils on Etsy. I wanted some large leaves. I bought this Monstera leaf stencil and this fern stencil. Be sure to size up so you get a stencil that’s large enough for your canvas. For the fern I purchased an 18×12 size.
- Foam roller (2) – You need two rollers, one for the base and one for the stencil.
- Paper plate – or anything to hold the paint.
- Adhesive spray
- Touch up brush
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Steps to make stencil painting
Step 1 – Paint Your Base Canvas
It doesn’t matter if you are starting with a piece of wood, cutting board, canvas or bulletin board. The first thing to do is paint your base color. I used a paint sample from Home Depot so I didn’t have to buy a lot of the color. I recommend choosing a dark or vivid color as your base.
Let this dry thoroughly.
Step 2 – Set Your Stencil
To make the stencil stay in place I used adhesive spray. It comes up easily after you are finished. I also pressed around the edges of the stencil with my fingers to seal it down as much as possible.
Step 3 – Foam Roll Your Stencil
I read quite a bit about how to paint stencils to avoid “bleed” before I tried my first one. I tested two methods. I blotted on with a foam paint brush (method 1) and I rolled on with a foam roller (method 2).
The foam roller was 100% better. I used a tip I found which I think made the difference. Roll the paint on your roller and then roll the excess onto a paper towel. There isn’t as much paint on the roller at this point and then paint over your stencil.
As soon as you are finished painting your stencil remove it from the canvas and set aside.
Step 4 – Touch Up Any Mistakes
I rolled onto my canvas with the foam roller while I was painting the stencil so I touched up the white spots with a brush. I used a small paint brush to do that.
This is the finished product. I had to scrap the Monstera leaf. It didn’t turn out as I had hoped and I just didn’t like it. I made two ferns, one for each side of the bed.
Now all you have to do is hang your new piece of art. I chose not to frame these, but you could certainly frame your botanical artwork in picture frames I’m not sure this will be permanent, but what is. Maybe I’ll learn to paint something more challenging next. Do you like to paint? I’d love to hear how if you want to answer in the comments
I’m inspired to learn how to paint with oil paints by my friend Mary. If you liked this you might enjoy how to frame fabric for budget friendly art or learn how to choose the perfect size artwork for above the bed.