Stenciling a Mural: Basics
Because each mural is an individual art project, determined by your room size, furniture, windows and lighting, here are the basics of creating a mural using stencils from The Artful Stencil collection of Tropical Stencils.
Stencils of your choice: Our tropical stencils are featured in this project – Cockatoo, Orchid 1, Ginger and Bird of Paradise were used. It is amazing how large a mural one can design with only four stencils!
Acrylic paint: enough paint to stencil your colors consistently. If you are mixing colors, be sure to have enough to stencil all the flowers in that color range. Mixing colors in a small jar is a great idea.
Wall paint: It is an excellent idea to have a small amount of your wall paint on hand for touch up around stencil shapes, in case any stencil has been placed in a way that is not flush against the wall, allowing some paint to escape the edges.
Additional items: stencil brushes (medium and large), blue painter’s tape, paper towels, a small bowl of water for brush cleaning, a pencil if you need to mark stencil placement, and a medium-sized watercolor brush for touch-up.
Let’s Get Started!
Measure the wall to be decorated and take into consideration how your mural design will work with your furniture placement.
Choose your mural “theme”. This can be as simple as a single stencil repeated in the same or coordinating colors on the wall or an all over garden mural such as our tropical garden.
Select the stencils you feel really work together. Remember that a stencil such as our bird of paradise flowers can be turned over and stenciled with the flowers facing in the reverse direction. This allows for an area to be “framed” by the design.
Measure the size of your stencil/s and be sure the scale of the stenciled image will work for your wall space.
Note: We used our orchid stencil as a repeat around the framed wall hanging and stenciled extra single orchids to fill in the design.
Begin by using blue painter’s tape to secure stencil to the wall. Tape around stencil edges and in the case of a large stencil, pieces of tape can be placed across some of the stencil holes and removed as you stencil. This will secure the stencil tightly to the wall. You will be using your paint on a vertical surface, so use very little paint on the stencil brush to avoid drips.