I received a sample of the product for review purposes from Stencil Revolution. All opinions are my own.
It’s been years since I picked up a stencil brush, and even then it’s an art form I’d never mastered. When Emily from Stencil Revolution contacted me and asked if I’d like to try out some of their stencils I jumped at the opportunity. With the new house I needed some new wall decor, and I’ve been itching to try out some crafting in my new office.
I had her send me a sunflower stencil and some alphabet stencils. For this project I’m only using the sunflower stencil, but I’ll be featuring the alphabet stencils in a project in the next month, so make sure you sign up for weekly updates so you don’t miss the next project!
Sunflower Wall Decor Project
- sunflower stencil
- square wooden craft board
- yellow and brown paints
- stencil brushes
- artist paint tape or removable spray adhesive
To begin, lay out some paper to protect your work surface. Then position your stencil on the board the way you want it. I opted for centered, but you may be going for an off center look. It’s your project, be bold!
One of the first things I noticed about these stencils is the quality. Even though the stencil is thin, it is durable. Even the more detailed parts of the stencil I would normally be worried about breaking felt like they would stand up to multiple uses and washes.
As I set up my supplies to get started on the project, Arthur decided he wanted to help. This is where I place the pet warning. If you have a curiously helpful cat or other pet, make sure you shut the door. Spilled paint and pet foot prints through your project probably isn’t want you want. Not to mention the potential for pet hair to get stuck in the paint as it dries.
I wasn’t impressed with the stencil brushes I had on hand. The bristles were shedding, and while the bigger brushes had a decent flexibility for stenciling, the smaller of the brushes ended up being quite stiff which made it harder to stencil well. It also seemed as though the bristles on each brush were different lengths, which also made putting the paint down difficult. Before my next project I’ll be researching more and investing in some better quality brushes.
Placing the Stencil
One thing I wasn’t sure about was the best way to hold my stencil in place. Ultimately I had two options, tape down the edges or use spray adhesive. As I mentioned at the beginning, I’m out of practice on stenciling, so I found myself in a conundrum. If I use a removable spray adhesive it will help keep the small detailed parts of the stencil down, however I run into the problem of the glue leaving residue visible on the project. Since it’s a porous surface I was worried it would be difficult to wipe the glue off. With artist paint tape I could hold down the edges of the stencil without worrying about residue, however because the details of the stencil are thinner lines I wouldn’t be able to tape down the details in the center.
I opted for tape on this project. I wasn’t completely thrilled with the results, but that was completely because of user error. I’ll show you what I mean a little later.
Applying the Paint
To get the paint down on this stencil, I started in the center and worked my way out to help avoid running my hand over already painted areas. The brown in the center was first, then the inner petals followed by the outer petals. There was actually two different colors of yellow, though after I applied them they looked almost identical. If I were to do this project over, I’d make sure one of the yellows was quite a bit darker than the first to add some additional dimension.
With stenciling you should only have a small amount of paint on the brush. This is where my problems with the brushes came in, and the user error I mentioned before.
Because the brushes seemed to be stiffer and apparently had different lengths on the bristles I was unable to get a good covering of paint down after removing excess paint from the brush. That meant I had to have my brush loaded with more paint than I should have and paint got under the details of the stencil leaving the finished product less than clean.
I’m pretty sure if I had better brushes the taped method of holding the stencil down would have worked better. With that said, I think the painting method I used might have been okay if I had used the spray adhesive to stick down the central details of the stencil.
To add in some additional dimension to the project, since my attempt at getting different colored yellows didn’t turn out, I added a lighter ring in the very center of the sunflower.
First I mixed a bit of the yellow with some of the brown paint.
After I had the paint mixed well, my brush loaded and excess paint removed, I just dabbed a ring around the inside of the flower center. This was my favorite part of the entire project.
With my stenciling complete it was time to let the project dry while I cleaned up my mess. I made sure to wash out my brushes well. They already didn’t work the greatest, so I didn’t want dried paint in them making it worse.
Finally the project was dry so I could remove the stencil. You can see the spots where the paint found it’s way under the stencil details, but, as I mentioned, that was completely my fault. I loved working with the stencils from Stencil Revolution. They are thin, flexible, and durable. They don’t weigh a lot so keeping them up on a vertical surface shouldn’t be too difficult. The details are fantastic on these and I can’t wait to give this particular project another try.
I should also mention that cleaning up the stencil was fast and easy. Because the stencils are durable I wasn’t worried about breaking them during washing. The paint came off easily, and the flexibility of the stencil made it easy to get some of the smaller detailed spots cleaned off. Now it’s dried and ready for it’s next use!
Which stencil from Stencil Revolution would you use on your next project? Browse through their selection and let me know in the comments below.