Painting a Stencil on the WallApril 11, 2015
We painted Sophia’s room about a week ago, and we haven’t yet gotten around to accenting it. Our plan was to use these small heart stencils to place some pink hearts of various sizes all over one wall. Actually, we really wanted to place many of them at the top of the wall and stagger them downwards, so it looks like they are falling. Anyway, it was such an easy project, and it actually turned out so pretty, I wanted to share with you guys. And give you some tips that helped me!
Painting a Stencil on the Wall
Here is what the room looked like when I started!
So when I was ready to begin stenciling, I took my stencil and just held it with one hand. Hold it steady and don’t shift it a centimeter! Then take a stenciling brush if you have one- I didn’t and just used a regular bristle brush that I had around. It worked fine!
Just dapple the paint on. Do not brush in strokes. Do not roll on. Simply make small, dappling motions with your brush until the complete stencil is filled in. Do not put too much paint on your brush, or it will make a big mess. Start with a tiny bit of paint. You can always add more paint as necessary.
When you are done with one round of stenciling, you have to pick up your stencil sheet very carefully so as not to smudge your hard work. You also don’t want to get any paint whatsoever on the back side of your stencil sheet, because then it will transfer the paint to the wall when you lay it down for another round.
Some people suggest spraying an adhesive on the back of the stencil to keep it in place temporarily, but I didn’t feel the need to do so. I was able to keep it very steady by just holding it with my hand. Plus, this saved a ton of time and effort.
I love the way the wall came out! And so does Sophia! I can’t wait to stencil something else onto Charlotte’s walls – maybe stars, maybe triangles, maybe circles…. Let me know what you think would look best!