Stenciling is one of the oldest techniques for decorating walls. Before the mid-1800s, stenciling was actually less expensive than wallpaper. Now, even though wallpaper is economical, there are still good reason's to opt for an allover stencil pattern: You have complete control over color choice, you can create your own unique design, and you can customize the look to suit your style. The key to stenciling is to properly line up the pattern by establishing vertical and horizontal lines. Use a level with printed ruler or a laser level for easy measuring. When stenciling, avoid overloading the brush with paint. Too much paint causes bleeding underneath the stencil and results in a heavy-looking finish. Instead, blot the brush onto a paper towel, and then pounce or stipple the paint into the stencil cutout using a circular motion. A cloudy, translucent appearance is the desired effect.
DRAW A STRAIGHT VERTICAL LINE
For a perfectly aligned stencil pattern, establish a straight vertical line in the middle of your wall with the level. Draw a light line from ceiling to floor using a graphite pencil or a green colored pencil. This stencil is actually one-quarter of the pattern. The repeating pattern is made by stenciling the single repeat in for different positions, creating a mirror image. Spray the stencil with adhesive and position it on the wall, lining up the registration marks on the stencil with the vertical line drawn. Begin stencilling by dipping a medium-sized stencil brush into the Capri latex paint, then blotting most of the point onto a paper towel. Stipple the brush over the stencil, pouncing in several layers to add more color. Use a circular motion to give the image dimension. In this step, the Capri paint is not stencilled solid, but lightening some areas and darker in others. With a separate stencil brush, stipple a little Big Sur Blue paint into the stencil for shadows.
DRAW THE REGISTRATION MAKRS ONTO THE WALL
Use a pencil to make registration marks on the wall, or simply stencil the marks onto the wall. Penciled registration marks can be erased later. Remove the stencil and flip it over, lining it up below the previously stencilled area. (If you can rub any paint off the stencil with your finger, clean it fist with denatured alcohol, the paint should, however, dry almost instantly.) Use the previous registration marks as your guide for aligning the stencil with the vertical line. Stipple Capri latex paint through the stencil, avoiding solid coverage. With a medium-size brush, add a small amount of Big Sur Blue latex paint as an accent. Repeat until the first vertical row is complete, flipping the stencil as you go.
STENCIL ONE HORIZONTAL ROW
Draw a horizontal line, lining up with one set of registration marks, to establish the placement of the horizontal line on the wall. Extend this line all the way across your wall. Stencil one horizontal row, using the horizontal level line and the previous registration marks as your guide. Refer to the picture that comes with the pattern to ensure correct positioning of the repeat. Apply the Capri and Big Sure Blue paints as in step 2. Repeat steps 1-3 to cover the wall on both sides of the vertical line marked in step 1. Remove any remaining tape and allow to dry.
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- Aged Mint satin finish latex paint (base coat)
- Capri and Big Sur Blue satin finish latex paints (stencil coat)
- 2" low-tack painter's tape
- Stencil spray adhesive
- Paper towels
- Stir sticks
- Florentine Damask Medium stencil