Though some people prefer a more traditional look, you may feel the need to release
the creativity that's hibernating within you. If so, stenciling may be just your craft. Yes, stenciling. Yeah, we know it's received some bad publicity with the rash of gardens and farm animals painted on walls amid suburb and city homes alike, but stenciling doesn't have to be agricultural. With a little elbow grease and imagination, even the dullest of walls can become a bright, inspired canvas.
Before you begin the stenciling process, be sure to choose a smooth, clean surface. Uneven walls will not hold paint, and a marred texture can ruin your image [source: Sherry]. Next, gather your supplies: a stenciling pattern (you can make your own or purchase one), stencil brushes (one brush per color), small jars of crème paint, paper towels, masking tape and a small plate to use as a palette.
With these tools at hand, it's time to start stenciling. Here are the basic steps:
- Tape the stencil pattern to the wall with the masking tape. Be sure to start in a corner area of the wall (maybe something that could be hidden behind a door) that can go unnoticed if something goes wrong.
- Pour a small drop of stencil paint on your plate, and dip the tips of the brush's bristles into the paint.
- Remove excess paint from the brush by moving it in a circular motion on a paper towel.
- Using quick, short strokes, work from the outside of the stencil to the middle. This technique will ensure a crisp pattern.
- If you want to use more than one color for the same shape, be sure to allow the first color to dry before applying the second.
- Once the paint has dried, remove the tape and stencils from the wall and enjoy your hand-drawn creation [source: Sherry].
Repeat the process above until you've completed your stencil project.
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