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Today’s is an interesting post, and I loved the experience of doing this project. From my childhood I have been interested in drawing and painting. I am not a pro though. But all my drawings and paintings are restricted to paper and charts. I really wanted to draw and paint something of larger size out of the drawing notes and painting books. And fortunately I got such a chance 🙂 I am lucky 🙂
My Cousin-bro-cum-best-buddy wanted to try wall art(stencil painting) in his house. And that’s how I got the chance 🙂 We both have done many projects together this was one of the best fun experience we had 🙂 Always it will be nice to do craft along with a buddy. I am lucky that my best-buddy turned out to be my craft-buddy :). Ok enough of the buddy talk. Lets start with the project and get our hands dirty.
Our basic plan was to make the boring plain walls into something fun. We decided to paint a simple art design on the walls of his house, instead of doing free hand drawing and then painting we tried stenciling. Both of us are new to painting/stenciling on walls so everything we did was trial-and-error method.
Things we had :
- Paint colours – Required colours
- Paint Brushes of variable sizes – Instead of rollers/Spray
- Handmade stencils – we made them instead of buying 🙂 That’s the nice part of it.
- First step is “Clean walls”. Clean the wall to be stenciled and paint a fresh coat of paint as background before starting to stencil.
- Decide the designs to be painted and the required stencil designs and sizes.
- We chose basic designs like Butterfly, Flowers, Lamp (For Pooja room). There are so many other options you can decide from. Browse the internet and you will get tons of ideas .
- Next step is to cut out the stencils on any sturdy paper. Draw the design on the chart whichever base u want to cut the stencils from .
- Chart sheets can be used for Temporary-one-time-use stencils.
- OHP sheet can be used for permanent-durable-stencils and added advantage is you can look through so that you can place the stencil in proper locations and instead of drawing the designs you can trace them on the OHP sheets .
- We used chart sheets because we didn’t have OHP sheets handy and we were not planning to reuse the stencils. Luckily chart sheet also served good 🙂
- There is one more option to make these stencils “Old X – Ray sheets” – these will be even more sturdier and the best part is its “RECYCLED”( I always have an affinity towards recycled crafts or any recycled usage of things generally 🙂 ).
- Once the stencils are ready, Place them on the wall and start painting.
- You can take help of your craft buddy 😉 or someone in your house to hold the stencil.
- If you have painters tape well and good you can place the stencils with proper alignment and stick it with painters tape on the wall and start painting.
- Ours was a random design so we didn’t mind much about the alignment part.
- You can paint using spray painting or roller or a simple brush – like we did.
- You will have to be very careful while doing stencil painting with a brush we should not allow the paint to bleed below the stencil.(Read the below Dos and Don’ts section for more tips).
- Stenciling is better done with dry brush so don’t take excess paint on your brush.
- Dip only half of your brush in the paint then remove the excess paint on newspaper.
- Start painting when your brush is almost dry. Slowly dab the paint and increase the colour layer by layer by repeated dabbing.
- If suppose your paint bled behind the stencil, don’t forget to wipe it with wet cloth before reusing it.
- And when the lines are very thin or if the design is smaller which can’t be cut precisely in stencil can be painted directly.
- We did this free hand painting for antennas of the butterfly and for some touch ups at the edges of the design.
- We used small painting brushes to do the final touch ups ( that was my water-colour painting brush 🙂 )
- That is all we did and our home-made stencil design/wall art is ready 🙂
- Now enjoy our designer wall 🙂
Dos and Don’ts :
- Don’t make stencils for very small parts directly paint them with small brush
- Give repeated coats to avoid improper coverage
Always hold the brush perpendicular to wall to avoid bleeding beneath the stencil
- Clean the back side of stencils before reusing it
Wipe off bled paint quickly using wet cloth
- Use sharp blades and cut crisp corners in stencils to avoid bleeding of paint
While painting using stencils first fill the outlines using a small brush to form a frame then fill the inner parts
- Brush should barely have paint, it must be almost dry when u paint
Squeeze excess paint into the container. Dab the brush in newspapers to remove excess paint
- Dip only half of the brush into the paint
- Try practicing stenciling before hand on cardboard, get the technique then move on to your wall
If you like this post do post your comments and suggestions. I want you also to try this at your home and share with me your experiences. I bet you this will be real fun 🙂
No more boring plain walls 🙂 And you don’t have to spend so much money. Don’t be afraid If anything went wrong ofcourse we can always repaint all together. So its time for you also to dip your hands in the paint and enjoy the fun experience 🙂
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