A Guide To Raised Decorative Stencils
Raised deocorative stencils are not hard to add to any room. If you're looking for a quick and easy way to paint on your walls, then you should consider this method. Even if you end up buying all of the materials to make the stencils, this will end up being a relatively inexpensive project.
Choosing A Stencil
The first thing that you need is a stencil that you like. There are several ways that you can get a stencil. The easiest way is to go to the store and buy a stencil. The second thing that you can do is just to buy mylar stencil sheets and cut your own. If you do this, you will also need an exacto knife - but it's not difficult to make a stencil that you enjoy. Just cut out the design you want and then you'll be ready to go.
Prepare The Rooms
The next thing you'll need to do is to make sure that your room is ready to be stenciled. This means that you should make sure that the walls themselves are clean. This is due to the fact that if the walls are at all dirty, this will probably keep the stencil paste or paint from sticking to the walls. This will mean that the paste will end up flaking off long before you are ready to change the stencils or paint.
If you don't think that you can get the walls clean enough, then you should put down another coat of paint. This will give you a clean painted surface to work off of, and will probably make the room look better to begin with. You can also chose a paint color that will look great with the color of stencil that you are going to be working with.
When you have your stencil and you are ready to put it up on the wall, you will need some painter tape. This is just so that you can stick the stencil to your wall while you're painting it. This is very important, since you will end up smudging the stencil if it slides around at all while you're painting.
You can make your own stencil paste just by using sheet rock mud, some artist's gesso paint (usually in white) and then a little bit of white glue. After you mix this together, you should have a thick paste that will not drip down the wall after it is in place.
As soon as you have put up the stencil, you should start applying the paste. This can be done in several different ways, although the easiest way will just be to apply the paste with a putty knife.
Make sure that you cover the entire area of the stencil with enough paste to give a raised surface. You should let the stencil sit for a short period of time, but make sure that you remove it before the paste dries, or you will have a stencil glued to your wall.
After you have removed the stencil, you can sand down the raised stencils so that they are not too lumpy, and then paint them.