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