Monday, 3 October 2016

Wall stencils

Using stencils is one of the oldest and easiest ways of decorating. Stenciling allows you to add your own personalized touch to your walls and it puts you in control of the size, shape and theme of your project. It is the most cost-effective way to give a new look and feel to your home without having to repaint the entire room or spend a ton of money.
What is Stenciling?
Stenciling is applying color to your walls through cutout areas in a template. When the template is removed, a crisp, sharp pattern remains. The options are truly endless with stenciling, as you can choose to stencil an entire room, a small corner or around a door; you can stencil a border. Wall stencils come in various shapes and sizes.
 If you want to try stenciling your walls on your own, make sure you keep these points in mind-
·       Start with a clean wall. Wipe out all the dirt with a damp cloth, or better still repaint the wall with the base color you need for your design.
·       Make sure to use colors that blend well with the existing wall color. This will create more warmth and subtleness and avoid making your wall look overdone with too many colors or the wrong colors.
·       Don't follow the subtle rule for your child's room! For a child's room, consider using bold, contrasting, fun colors. Popular themes include animals, trains, cars, airplanes, butterflies, flowers, stars, clouds and more.
·       A popular trend today is the use of word stencils. You can be creative and even do some fun wording in your kitchen!
·       Use non-glossy paints for the base.
·       You need a smooth surface to work on, so remove all nails and fill up the holes.
·       Plan your design. Use ready made stencils or make your own. Plastic stencils are best as these can be reused and don’t tear easily. You can even use old X-rays to make stencils.
·       Make sure the edges of the stencil are clean and straight.
·       Make a few extra stencils as wear and tear is bound to happen, especially if you want a repetition in patterns.
·       Now tape your stencils to the wall and start painting.
·       Mostly round brushes or flat tipped brushes are used for painting. You can also apply paint with a roller or a sponge for a different look.
·       Do not apply too much paint on your brush. This will cause the paint to run under the edges of the stencil.
·       Use a thin layer of paint. It’s always better to use two coats of paint instead of one layer of thick paint.
·       Acrylic paints are mostly used for stencil painting.
·       If your design calls for the use of more than one color, paint one and let it dry before using the second.
·       To protect your design, you need to use a top coat of water based acrylic varnish. Remember, the varnish is applied after 2-3 days of painting.
Stenciling is great fun and once you get the hang of the technique it can be tempting to start stenciling everything in sight. Stenciling can add a whole new dimension to your room in the house but it is important to know where to stop. Remember less is more..!!

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