Add your favourite pictures, designs or shapes to the walls and create themed walls in next to no time. Here’s how…
1. Find or make the stencil you want to use. Stencil pictures can be downloaded from this page, traced onto light cardboard and cut out to get you started. Tape the stencil to the wall using low tack masking tape.
2. Once you’ve got your stencil, dip your brush into your chosen paint color. Dab the brush on a paper towel to get rid of any extra paint then place your brush at the edge of the stencil opening and apply the paint by dabbing the surface lightly or moving the brush in a circular motion.
3. Repeat step two until you get the color intensity you desire.
You can also stencil using a roller. Instead of step 2 and 3 above…
2. Get a small roller, moisten it with water and squeeze it between paper towels to dry the excess water off leaving a very slightly damp roller.
3. Put a small amount of the paint color you plan to use on a paper plate or in a flat bottomed low-sided container. Roll the roller through the paint and then onto a clean part of the plate or container (or use a separate sheet of paper) to ensure the paint is distributed evenly on the roller. Roll back and forwards across the cut-out area of the stencil. Make sure you roll in several different directions to get the best coverage.
To see a stencil as a line drawing click on one of its links. To print the drawing click on the printer in the top bar.
Where the stencil has a shape inside a shape you can either leave a narrow piece of the stencil uncut to hold the interior shape onto the stencil, you can cut out the interior shape and place it in the correct location as you are using the stencil or you can add the inner shape by painting another color by freehand later. Alternatively you can leave out the interior shape and use the outline of the stencil to create a blocked stencil finish.