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How to Stencil a Wall with Paint

Learn how to stencil a wall with paint from decorative artist Aliya Riaz in this Howcast painting tutorial.


This edition of decorative paint techniques we're going to be learning how to stencil and I have a stencil that I've cut out myself which is basically a spray of roses with lots of leaves. So instead of doing the more traditional way of using colors which would be green stems and leaves and possibly red roses, we're just going to do it in one color which is probably going to update the look to a large degree as well.

So I have a little bit of artist color. It's a brown. I have a very, very important tool; paper towels, which you offload your brush on. And a stencil brush. So the key is to dab on a little bit of the paint. Offload. Try not to get a lot of paint on your stencil brush because it'll start bleeding under the stencil.

So using a circular motion you apply the color into the stencil. You can also stipple it in but it usually works really nicely if you use this circular stroke. And one of the ideas when you're using a stencil such as this let's say on a wall in your room is that you can randomly place the stencil. You know, flip it over, have a mirror image or you can just work on the same image but randomly spaced out over the wall.

It's also important to remember that you don't want the same amount of paint in every opening because that is how it naturally looks more beautiful. Now the time for us to lift off the stencil.

And try a different technique. Just bring this back up here. And this time use a roller which is using the same paint that we used on the brush but again very, very important to offload the amount of color on the roller. And I find that a foam roller distributes the paint much more evenly. This is obviously a much quicker way of doing it, but you can see which way you prefer.

And those are two different ways of stenciling on a wall or a surface. One is using the stencil brush and one with the foam roller.

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