How to Stencil Decorative Items

How to Stencil a Wilderness Painting

Stencil a Wilderness Painting.
Stencil a Wilderness Painting.

This wilderness-themed stencil project is great for nature and animal lovers alike. Create a design based on a repeated pattern, or showcase a single image. Your friends will hardly believe you painted this bold, professional-looking artwork yourself.

Skill level: Beginner

Time needed: One hour

Stencil Design: Download the Wilderness Painting Stencil Design as a PDF.


Step One: Before you begin, determine the size you want the finished picture to be. It's best to choose a standard frame size, such as 4x6, 8x10, or 11x14 inches. If your picture ends up being a different size, that's okay. You can always have a frame custom-made. For this project, artist's canvas is an ideal surface on which to stencil.

Step Two: Stencil the animals one at a time, using 1/2-inch stencil brushes for the larger shapes and 1/4-inch stencil brushes for the smaller shapes. (Use a different brush for each color.) Apply paint sparingly, as you can always go back and put more on.

Step Three: To achieve a realistic, professional-looking "painting," always blend the darker paint softly over a lighter color when mixing shades. Shade the outer edges of all the stencils with a darker color to create a natural rounded or shadowed effect.

Make a treasured photo special by framing it in a hand-painted stenciled picture frame. Learn how to create the Dreamland Picture Frame in the next section.

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