Today I’m teaming up with a group of super creative bloggers to share their crafts. See all of their projects at the bottom. My 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. 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 piece that I saw on Etsy. I love it, but the colors don’t work for me. I decided to make something similar using stencils (never having used a stencil before in my life).
Supplies Needed for DIY Stencil
To make a DIY stencil painting 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. 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.
- Stencil color – I used white primer
- Stencils – I bought my stencils on Etsy. I wanted some large leaves. I bought this Monstera leaf stencil and this fern stencil.
- 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, bulletin board. The first step is to 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 you 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.
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 and I rolled on with a foam roller.
The foam roller was 100% better. I used a tip I found which I think made the difference. Roll the paint on your brush 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 it, remove the stencil.
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 it’s time to take a look at some more crafts you might be interested in trying. If you are following in order, hop on over to Chas’ Crazy Creations and check out these garden dish flowers that are super easy to make! No drilling required, you can use repurposed or thrift store dishes, and they look great in your yard!
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