Sunday, April 10, 2011

Wall Stencil Fail

Update: Giveaway Over

Everyone seems to have these adorable wall stencils in their houses.

I know these two were created using Cutting Edge Stencils, but I don't have a stencil, and I had this grand idea to stencil the wall in the guest bath.  I'd been tooling around with the idea for a couple of days, trying to figure out the pattern I'd want to use.  Picking an image and getting it to the right size was an ordeal in itself (we don't have our PC setup and the laptop doesn't have many programs on it), but I won't go in to it because no one wants to hear about my technology issues.  

Once I had the image the proper size I needed to make the actual stencil.  I'd seen people use contact paper to make stencils before, and I just so happened to have some contact paper handy.  What I didn't consider is that contact paper stencils are more of a one time use stencil.  Because they're so flexible your image doesn't really hold it's shape.  Which means my image wouldn't have been exactly the same each time.

I also have really textured walls, which can be a major problem when it comes to stenciling.  I'd decided to use the stencil to trace the image on the wall and then I'd come back through and paint within the lines.  It'll be a little more tedious, but it's not that big of an area that I'm working with.  But I couldn't find a pencil to trace the pattern.  Instead I found chalk. 

Yeah, I used pink chalk, that's what pros do
It doesn't give you as smooth of a line to follow.  At this point I realized my plan wasn't going to work.  But I quickly painted my image just so you could see how bad it turned out. 

Then I washed it off.  I'm going to stop by the store to pick up some folders so I can use Brooke from All Things Thrifty's stencil technique.  I'll show you how I made my unsuccessful stencil tomorrow (technically the stencil was successful, it was my application of it that was unsuccessful), but until then head over to Seven Thirty Three --- A Creative Blog.  Kim's having a Cutting Edge Stencils giveaway that you definitely don't want to miss.


Jacqueline said...

I printed my stencil for my painted rug online and printed it onto cardstock.

Lauren @ 31diy said...

ooh! I love stenciled walls too! That would be hard though with textured walls. Let us know if you find a way to do it. :)

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