Faux Painting Secret: Stenciling

Forget what you think you know about stenciling I tell homeowners around the Minneapolis area. Stencils no longer come as simple cut shapes that look unattached when painted, modern stenciling has become so elaborate it even challenges experienced faux painters. Modern day stencils are much more sophisticated. I recently stenciled an elaborate grape vine over some kitchen cupboards. The stencil I was using came in 6 parts with 3 layers each! Each stencil seamlessly adjoined to the next. The grape vine was perfect for this kitchen.

Faux painters can alleviate many design problems.

If you are looking to redecorate a small room with high ceilings, a nice stenciled border will help create the feel of a larger room, horizontally. Turn the stencil vertically and you’ll remedy the opposite problem. If your décor calls for patterns, forget the wallpaper. Patterned stencils are the perfect alternative.

Purchasing high quality stencils is hard to come by at local craft stores. I haven’t seen many I could offer my clients, at least not in Twin Cities stores. If I were you, take a trip online. To make your own stencils, trace a design onto a piece of acetate, and cut out the appropriate panels with a stencil-cutting knife or an exacto blade. For best results create multiple layers for the object you are stenciling. For example, a rose could have petals that overlap the stem rather than remaining unattached off in space. You could even visit local Minneapolis faux painter supply stores for ideas. You may even find something you like for purchase.

To paint with stencils, I’d recommend using latex paint or artists paints. Choose your colors carefully and keep them within reach. Next, tape your stencil to the surface to be painted. For stenciled borders I’d recommend a chalk line to keep things straight. Grab your stencil brush. Dab the brush into your color. Now ‘offload’ most of the paint from the brush onto a paper towel. Why? You’ll apply the paint in circular movements over the stencil, too much paint and you’re colors will bleed through past the borders of the stencil. Allow each layer to dry before attempting any overlay stenciling. This will allow for greatest results!


By Ramon Munoz