Today we decided to use our beautiful Abundance Yogini Mandala stencil on my bedroom wall. I have lots of white furniture and my walls are all white. We have chosen to use a permanent water based paint and have decided on a soft grey colour.
The Yogini Mandala stencils are made of super durable plastic, called Mylar, so I don’t have to worry that it will rip or crease while I’m taping it. It’s a really good size, 80 cm in width so it helps to make things easier. This size is perfect for above a bed.
As for my method, here’s a little breakdown of what seemed to work for me:
- Before beginning any stencil project it is important to that your surface be prepared properly. It is best to stencil surfaces that are clean and as smooth as possible. If the surface is not smooth the stencil may not produce clean crisp designs. I cleared my space (basically just pushed back my bed and furniture to give me some room to work), then I wiped down my wall with sugar soap wipes, these were easy to use and did the job.
- Collected all my bits, some paper towel, some rubber gloves, my paint, my adhesive spray( the directions suggest spraying the back of the stencil to help the stencil stick evenly, its important the middle parts of the stencil stays close to the wall and not bend out for a nice crisp line ) I bought all these along with some tape, a paint tray and dense foam roller from my local hardware I also got some large plain paper so I could test my technique.
- Test Test Test
I poured a small amount of paint, dabbed my roller and removed the excess paint by rolling it on some paper towel, too much paint on the roller causes blotchy designs
*Remember - stenciling is a "dry" brush technique. The most common mistake is overloading your brush. It is far better to stencil a few layers gradually, instead of one thick paint application. If paint begins to 'bleed' behind your stencil or if your designs do not have crisp defined edges, YOU ARE USING TOO MUCH PAINT
4. I laid my stencil on the plain paper a sprayed the back with adhesive spray
( you will definitely want to use a large piece of paper, cardboard or drop sheet to spray the back as you don’t want a sticky floor) then I taped my stencil into position.
5. Carefully positioned my stencil to the wall, and started
- Before beginning any stencil project it is important t that your surface be prepared properly. It is best to stencil surfaces that are clean and as smooth as possible. If the surface is not smooth the stencil may not produce clean crisp designs
- If doing your stencil outdoors on a deck or wooden furniture you may need a little fine sandpaper to smooth the surface or you may need to sweep clean your concrete
- Test, Test, Test, always test your technique on some scrap paper cardboard or paper.
- Although not necessary if you are applying your stencil to concrete.We usually suggest purchasing re-positional adhesive spray, which is available from any craft store or paint specialist store. A re-positional adhesive spray can be sprayed to the back of your stencil and easily cleaned, allowing you to still use your stencil numerous times.
- Once positioned I always like to use a rolling pin to roll over the stencil to ensure it is evenly adhered to my surface.
- I like to use plastic sheets to protect from over spray. I have bought some plastic from my local hardware store and have cut it down to the size of each side of my stencil ( this is great to use, its much easier than using newspaper and is washable so you can reuse over and over)
- My preferred medium for semi permanent use on outdoor decks and concrete is to use line marking chalk spray( it is removable if you make a mistake) Shake can and spray in short bursts (making sure you are spraying directly down onto the stencil and not from a side angle) remember its better to build up the colour rather than use to much spray at first.
- Always remember less is more. If you use too much paint you will run the risk of “bleed” behind your stencil and your pattern will be ruined.