Let's start with your list of supplies:
1. pattern/design of your choice
3. Exacto knife
4. cutting board or thick cardboard
Yep, that's it. You can get a transparencies at any office supply store or printing shops.
After choosing a pattern...
Use any simple photo-editing software, and crop it down to the size you want your design, change the color to black/white, change the size to 8.5 by 11, and print on regular printing paper. (Or, if you have a laser printer, print it directly onto the transparency and omit the next step!)
And then tape the corners of your paper onto the transparency.
Flip your page over so the transparency is on top...
Take your Exacto knife (with a brand new blade) and carefully start slicing away along your lines. No need to push very hard. It's such a smooth easy process... and it goes surprisingly FAST!!
And THIS is why you need a cutting board or cardboard!
Peel off your paper...
Voila!!! ...you made a perfectly legit stencil, and it cost you about 89 cents, and about 5 minutes of your time.
Let's STENCIL!! You know from yesterday's post that I used this stencil on the backboard for Brenda's hutch! So this is what I started out with:
I laid out my stencil, and squirted some acrylic paint on a paper plate. I did tape down my edges in a couple different places just to make sure things stayed in place. If you're doing this on a vertical surface (like your WALL), you'll want to use some stencil adhesive to keep things in place.
And then I just started blotching the paint on with my little round stenciling foam thing. I bought a whole package of these at Walmart for a couple dollars. Be sure to blot most of the paint of your brush before applying it to the stencil/surface.
Peel back your stencil... line it up next door, and repeat!
It goes really fast! Just move right down the line!
Instant gratification for sure.
How incredibly EASY?!? Right? Sure, there will be some touching up... but you'll have that no matter what when there's paint involved.
Please make a stencil at your earliest convenience. It so rewarding, and turns out so amazing! I can't believe it took me so long to finally sit down and make a darn stencil! AND.. adding a little pattern to a piece of furniture or an accent wall can make a dramatically beautiful difference. And it's CUSTOM!
Go forth and STENCIL something! And send us pics if you give this a try! We'd love to see what you come out with!