I may have said before that while we've lived here for 2 and a half years now, we still have some wall space that is bare and in need of attention! While killing some time last weekend, Rich and I stopped at the craft store so I could pick up some project supplies, knowing a storm and also likely a snow day were in my near future.
While wandering, we came upon a stencil I really liked, a chrysanthemum- type design. The package included one outline of the outside of the flower, one detailed stencil with the petals, and one flower shape, so you could make a layered look. We picked out some light aqua and teal paint, and also some foam stencil brushes, which kind of look like a gumdrop shape foam piece on a stick.
Since I bought 4 canvasses, I wanted to make two mostly teal and two mostly aqua flowers for our wall. I was a bit hesitant about the project, since I was kind of winging it, but I am so, so pleased with the outcome!
Like other projects I've written about, this is totally customizable to fit whatever look you're going for. Well, I guess within the stencils you can find? Unless you want to freehand paint, in which case I guess you don't need my help in the least!
Anyway, if you want to make your own stenciled canvas, here's what I did:
I used painters' tape to tape the flower outline stencil centered on the canvas, and then painted the whole inside. I used acrylic craft paint- the kind you can buy for about $1.00 and in a million different colors.
I did both flowers in the darker color, then washed the stencil, and then did both in the lighter color.
I started at the edges, making sure to dot the brush straight down onto the canvas, to try to eliminate paint seeping under the edge.
I made sure to let them dry thoroughly before moving on, which didn't take long. Next, I laid the detailed flower stencil over the outline, lining up the edges. Because this stencil is made of semi-translucent material, you can see the edges to line it up.
See what I mean? It was pretty easy to line it up. Since some paint did get on the edges as I worked, I sometimes needed to wash the stencil before using it on a different canvas, but also I could sometimes leave enough unpainted edge to still see through. The paint was super easy to wash off, so it wasn't a big deal.
Because the canvas is textured, there was some show through of the bottom layer color in places. I just painted over the less opaque parts once I finished the first coat and see where the issues were.
In some spots, the paint did ooze under the stencil edge a bit, even when I was using my fingers to try to press it down onto the canvas as I worked around the flower. I took a tiny paint brush and some of the base color paint and touched up as needed with no issues.
The paint does still look a bit light in the problem spot here, but it was still wet. It dried well.
The next step was to switch colors, and put dark on top of light. I had some coverage issues with this too, but again, it was easy to add more paint where I needed it.
All of the canvasses required a bit, but not much touch up, and it made a big difference! If you are going for a more imperfect or unfinished, rustic look, you can certainly leave it as is. I knew that I would hone in on the uneven spots, so I was glad to find that fixing those little smudged spots was so easy and worked so well.
While we haven't chosen which spot we'll hang them in yet, we have a few ideas. All in all, this was such a fun and surprisingly easy snow day project! If you try stenciling, let me know! I'd love to see what you do!
- 4 canvasses (these are 10x10")
- Stencil of your choice (both the whole shape outline and the detailed version are needed
- Stencil brushes
- 2 colors of acrylic paint
- Painters tape
- Plate for paint
Cost Breakdown: As always, I used coupons from my email, the craft store's app coupons, and my teacher's ID to lower the cost as much as possible. Check for those coupons!
- Canvasses: Originally $8 each, I paid $3.50 each
- 2 colors of acrylic paint: $1.00 each
- Foam stencil brushes: $1.00 for a pack of two smaller and two larger brushes
- Stencils: Originally $8.99, half off coupon made it $4.50
I used tape that we already had, so that was no additional cost.
Total Project Cost: $21.50
About $20 for a new set of unique wall art pieces is pretty reasonable! Canvasses can always be painted over and repainted, too, so if I decide to change them up, I wouldn't have that cost again. Also, now I won't have to buy new stencil brushes for future projects, and can certainly reuse the stencil on a tea towel, throw pillow, or to make a gift!
What have you been doing to stay busy while being snowed in in this wild weather? Let me know below!