Decorating a wall with joint compound and a stencil.
Approximate Time 4 hours
joint compound or Spackle
blue tape for taping stencil
stencil (I got mine from VictoriaLarsen.com)
First, make sure wall is clean or painted the color you wish.
Position the stencil to your taste.
Decide if you want to use colorant to your joint compound or Spackle or if you want to paint it after it is done.
If you wish to use the colorant, add it before you start.
Using joint compound or Spackle and a putty knife, paste the compound through the holes of the stencil.
Remove immediately, lifting straight up so not to damage the compound and then let dry completely.
If you use paint, after it has dried completely, paint over the leaves.
If you wish you may also glaze them.
Note: The stencil from VictoriaLarsen.com is a little thicker than the ones you buy in the craft store so that makes the design more raised. However, any stencil will work, it just won't have as much depth. In the picture you see, I used Spackle with white paint.
I agree - an overhead projector would work fine. Perhaps you can borrow one from work, or a school - instead of buying something you may use only once. Projecting them also means you wont have to worry about cutting the stencils and having the letters look funny. You can use elegant fonts and have fun with it.
I saw on a show on tv where you place the stencil on the wall and paint in white glue over the stencil. Let it dry and then paint your wall or if using wood then stain. Where the glue is, it will not let the paint adhere and so your statement comes off one color and the wall color another.. anyone ever try this? I suppose it is like using wax for similar ideas.