Sunday, October 23, 2011

Two-Piece Stencil Tutorial (Octopus)

Some of Olive's larger stencils (like the Squid, Octopus and large trees) come in two or three pieces.  This may be intimidating to some people, especially beginner stencilers.  But I (Olive) will show you that it is really very simple.  I recently stenciled two octopuses and some crustacea in a client's home.  It was for her little boy's bedroom and bathroom - perfect for fun sea creatures!

1. Once you have your supplies laid out (paint, stencil brush/roller, paper towels for blotting, q-tips, water, drop cloth, etc.), you can use a pencil to mark on the wall where you want the image.  It may be hard to see in the photo because the plastic is clear, but you should be able to make out the left side of the Octopus.

I usually use Elmer's Spray Adhesive for stencils because it ensures a cleaner line, especially for the more delicate designs like the Octopus.  *Remember - it is better to spray outdoors and wait 60 seconds before sticking it on the wall.

2. Begin applying paint.  Remember to blot it off on a paper towel several times before going to the wall.  For this stencil, I used a sponge stencil brush.  You can also use a roller, but you have less control over paint coverage, and may get leaking more easily.  But if you're in a time crunch, a roller will be faster.

Dab at the wall lightly until you have covered the whole stencil.  Check to make sure you have even coverage before removing the stencil from the wall. Wait 10 minutes or so for the paint to dry before lining up the second piece, so that you don't smudge your work.  You can fix any mistakes or bleeding while you wait.

3.  Line up the second piece.  There will be a slight overlap so that you
can see exactly where to place it.  The photo at right shows the slight overlap at the top and where I have begun painting towards the bottom.

When you are finished painting, remove the stencil.  Fix any spots from bleeding with a Q-tip and water as soon as possible.  It is much easier to fix mistakes while the paint is still wet.

If there is a line down the middle of the stencil from where the pieces overlapped, you can dab over and around it with your brush to even out the color.

Et Voila!  You're done!


Buttercup the dog seemed to like the Octopus...  And the bathroom looked very cute with lobsters and crabs scuttling all over!

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