Giving my readers tutorials is one of my favorite writing assignments. Stenciling is an art form that I was taught absolutely for free many years ago, so I think it's only right for me to pass it on to you at no charge.
Today I will show you how I painted "Sweet Dreams" on the wall above a bed in our guest room. While I could have bought a stencil with those words, it is more economical to buy an alphabet and line up the letters myself. That way I get repeated use from the stencils. A stencil set that has only one phrase is usually used only once in a house and then what do you do with it?
You may say that lining up the letters is hard, but as I will show you here, anybody can do this and it takes very little additional time.
|Start with a stencil and blue painter's masking tape. |
Don't use the beige kind of tape -- the blue is easily removed,
leaves no residue, and can be used repeatedly
as you paint your project -- all very important!
|Cut a strip of the blue masking tape the length of your|
message, then apply it to the wall, using a level
to be sure it is lined up straight.
|Apply the paint with a daubing motion, up and down. DO NOT|
GO BACK AND FORTH or you will get paint underneath the
stencil and the result will be a blurry image. Again, it is important
to have a pretty dry sponge for this.
|I could have left the letters alone, as they are above;|
but I don't like that stenciled look in the letters, where there
is a break in the lines (examine the W, D, R, A, M).
|To remedy that problem, I use a very small paint brush to |
connect the lines.
|There! That's much better.|
|But now those 'sweet dreams' are just floating on a|
great big white wall. The design needs more.
|Anybody who has been to my house knows that I'm a|
nut for stenciled ivy. It flows on the walls of the majority
of our rooms. Beloved has said for years that he's
afraid the vines will some day choke him in the night!
|Folk Art 467 Italian Sage is one of my favorites. |
I use it a lot.
|The Italian Sage is applied to the centers of the leaves|
for dimensional color.
|Here we are, so far.|
|Now we are working on the other side.|
|The green is lovely, but I wanted just a touch of red berries|
to make the design more interesting.
Delta Ceramcoat Barn Red 02490
|I taught myself this next trick, so I'm kinda proud of it. |
My berries will be tiny dots in clusters, so a paint brush
won't work, and a stencil is too much bother.
I chose the wood handle end of one of the paint brushes ...
|... quickly dipped it into the red paint ....|
|... and then made quick dots with an up-and-down motion.|
|I always make the dots in clusters of 3 or 5. This is a|
quick motion, don't rest your 'pointer' long at all or
you will get a disagreeable blob.