Simple Stencil Wall Art Project

5 Aug

Yesterday I decided to use the Royal Design Studio stencil that I received from Elevate to make a simple wall art project for our home. I really want to use it as a pattern for one of the walls in our room, but for now I thought I’d try it on a canvas. Here is the stencil I used…

Ornamental Flower Stencil

I centered it on a blank 12×12 canvas that I purchased from Michael’s and taped down the sides with a couple pieces of clear office tape that I had lying around.

Stencil

Once the stencil was taped down where I wanted it, I mixed my paints and started painting.

I took a couple of acrylic paints that I had on hand and mixed them to make the perfect shade of turquoise. I mixed a small amount of black paint into my Aqua Cool Pearl color.

Supplies for Simple Wall Art Project

Mixing Paint

After I mixed the perfect color, I started painting. Luckily, I mixed just the right amount to finish the project. If you decide to mix your own color, I recommend mixing more than you think you will need just in case you run out because it may be difficult to mix the same exact color if you end up needing to make more. {Just a helpful hint that I learned along the way ;)}

Simple Wall Art

I started at the top and worked my way down brushing in vertical strokes. I used quite a bit of paint in each section, and some paint ended up getting underneath my stencil. Fortunately, it turned out pretty cool looking. It looks kind of 3-dimensional. If you want your edges to look more crisp, I would recommend using less paint or even tracing the stencil with a pencil before painting it (if you have a steady hand). I also just learned that you can use a special stencil brush with short, firm bristles to help avoid getting the paint under the stencil. I will definitely go this route if I stencil our walls. I am pleased with the way mine turned out though. I decided to hang it in our hallway to add a pop of color.

DIY wall art

What do you think? Let me know if you try this simple wall art project. I’d love to see your creation and hear about your experience!

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5 Responses to “Simple Stencil Wall Art Project”

  1. Dale August 5, 2013 at 1:06 PM #

    Stencils can definitely be an inexpensive way to add extra impact to a project. If you haven’t tried it already, may I suggest getting a “dabbing” or “stenciling” brush which are usually a thicker more rounded brush with a flat end (usually 1/2″ or larger cross section). You will generally want to use much less paint on the brush with this technique but you get a very nice result and little to no “seep” under the stencil edges. If you do decide to do this on a wall as an accent, I would recommend getting your local paint store to make a batch of paint to match your existing wall color but just a shade or two lighter or darker so that it barely shows up (this will still make an impact without becoming distracting). To take it up just a notch, I would also recommend a semi-gloss or eggshell finish for the design on flat wall paint or flat finish on semi-gloss/eggshell walls. Have no fear! If it doesn’t work out; Just paint over it. 🙂

    Happy Crafting!
    Dale

    • eatnapplay August 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM #

      Great tips Dale! Thank you. Now I have more confidence for painting that wall soon!! 🙂

  2. Dale August 5, 2013 at 1:11 PM #

    Edit:
    Maybe I should have mentioned above to do a search on “dabbing and stencils” and you should find the proper instructions. 🙂

  3. Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life August 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM #

    Love this! I’ve been tossing around ideas for over our headboard and this might just work. Thanks for the idea.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

    • eatnapplay August 5, 2013 at 4:16 PM #

      Perfect! Hope it does. I want to see the finished product! 🙂

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