Using stencils to trace beautiful paintings to adorn walls
of houses dates back to the Egyptian civilization. Through
out history there are various references to the use of
decorative stencil patterns used to embellish walls of
palaces and of the local people. It is also a folk art
that has been used by the common man for generations.
Stenciling involves repeating a simple pattern or using
complex patterns in various colors either to tell a story
or to decorate walls and furniture. You can use this type
of decorative painting to adorn the walls of your house
too. Just follow the instructions given below.
1. Prepare wall by removing nails and repairing cracks.
Use primer if needed.
2. Use painter's tape-to-tape edges, window and
3. Remove all light fixtures and cover all furniture with
4. Choose a base color that is neutral like eggshell and
apply it evenly.
5. Use clear acetate and oiled stencil cards to cut out
stencils in patterns you like. For acetate use a
rapidgraph to trace the image. For oiled stencil paper use
carbon paper and a sharp pencil to trace image.
6. Use a sharp knife or blade to make clean cuts in the
7. Use stencil brushes for fine and complicated designs
and for patterns that are from folk art it is better to
use a sponge. It can be natural marine or synthetic.
8. Artistic acrylic paints are best for stenciling, it can
be easily applied and dries rapidly. Oil paints can also
be used but this takes longer to dry. Household latex
paint can be used though it is a little thick for
intricate stencil patterns.
9. For durability apply a final coat of protective
10. Place all the colors you are using on a palette. Take
a dry brush and dab some paint on it, remove excess paint
from brush by shaking it on to newspaper.
11. Attach stencil pattern to wall by either spraying a
layer of adhesive onto the back of the pattern or by
sticking it in place using tape.
12. Now begin painting from the center outward to prevent
bleeding of color. You can use more than one color for a
13. For stencils on walls and furniture apply a last coat
of clear protective varnish to ensure that it is durable
14. Clean with warm soapy water.
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