Give the classic country technique a fresh update with block print-inspired botanical patterns in large and small leaf motifs. Here's how to get started.
Embellish a headboard.
Draw an arched outline as shown and paint within the space with an oil-based paint. Add a thin border, then stencil “” in Medium and Large.
Lay out a fringed "rug."
Using an oil-based paint, outline a rectangle in the desired rug size (say, 3' by 5' or 5' by 7'). Next, use “” border to on each short end of the rug. Evenly stencil the “” frames on the rug. Add the “” inside each frame, adding a quirky pop of color to the stem. Finally, use a “” stencil for the trompe l’oeil effect.
Skirt a table.
Using acrylic paint (treated with a ), stencil assorted motifs from the “” on to linen or cotton yardage. (This project required 4 yards.)
Add whimsy to walls.
Using , create a linear pattern using “” interspersed with the “” border. Paint the border a complementary .
Improve Your Stenciling Skills
Stenciling is a “dry” technique, so after dipping a brush in paint, dab it on a paper towel until most of the paint is removed.
For detailed patterns, try a small brush like set. For larger patterns, try the .