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Decorative Stencil Painting and Stamping


Fill your child's room with favorite characters and designs by stenciling or stamping on the walls

Stencil painting and stamping are easy solutions for brightening up a room. A little paint in contrasting colors can make a drab or neutral wall come to life. You may even already have some of the supplies needed for this project.

You will need a clean base coat to begin. Wash walls thoroughly or repaint and allow plenty of time to dry. Select your additional paint colors. Make sure the paint is stirred well. Pour some of the paint in a tray or dish.

You should experiment first on a piece of paper, wood, or cardboard. Try using paint directly from the can along with watered down paint to see which effect you prefer.

Because stamping is so popular, you may already have the perfect rubber stamp in your collection that will work on the walls. You can also shop around for larger stamps that depict the desired character or object.

Mixing and matching stamps can create a breezy effect: butterflies, dragonflies, and flowers, for instance. Choose a sports theme with footballs, basketballs, etc.

Instead of paint, try using a glaze for the impression; it will create a translucent depth on the walls. Apply paint or glaze directly to the stamp and then press onto the walls, or lightly place the stamp in a shallow pool of paint.

Stamping with paint is easy enough for many children to handle; especially on the lower parts of the walls.

Stencil painting is a bit more tedious and requires a more steady hand. You can purchase pre-made stencils or make your own. Simple is better. You can find stencils at craft stores.

If you are making your own, use cardboard or acetate for the cutout. Acetate will last longer. Use a sharp craft knife so the design's edges are smooth. If possible, create more than one stencil to make the task go more quickly. You may wish to pick up a "stencil" brush that is designed to give smoother edges within the pattern.

Mark your random pattern placement on the wall before you begin. This will give you an overall idea for the finished look. When you're ready to start adding the pattern, tape the stencil in place.

Use a paintbrush to carefully work around the edge first. Then fill in with a larger brush if needed. You can also eliminate brush work and use a sponge for a distressed effect.

Clean the stencil each time you move it to a new spot on the wall. If you're using a selection of stencils, think about incorporating your child's initials here and there for a personalized touch.

Stencil or stamp painting is a colorful and quick remedy to drab walls in a kid's room and a great way to have fun with the kids in the process.


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