Last spring and summer we were looking for a
We really liked the Classical Symmetry prints from Crate '& Barrel, but couldn’t fathom spending $369 plus tax and possibly shipping. I considered framing scrapbook paper or fabric, but didn’t see six patterns I liked. I looked for artwork on Etsy, but John and I could never agree on something. We kept going back to those darn C '& B prints. Guess that meant I was making them myself!
Gather your supplies. I purchased everything from Dick Blick. Your local craft store should have everything you need:
- Acrylic paint in a multitude of colors
- Stencil brushes
- Stencil film
- Patterns to trace
- X-Acto knife (box cutter also works for simple patterns)
- Cutting board (I used a flattened cereal box)
- High tech water cup to rinse brushes
- Painter’s tape for chevron pattern and to secure stencil to canvas
Making a stencil
Print off the pattern you’d like to make into a stencil. Shrink or blow up the print using a copier as necessary. Trace the pattern onto your stencil film. Cut out the pattern using an X-Acto knife (or a box cutter if you temporarily lose your X-Acto knife like me). Be sure you leave some “tabs” to hold the center part of the stencil. You’ll paint over the gaps later. And you definitely don’t need a fancy “self-healing” mat when cutting out your stencil. I used a flattened cereal box as my cutting board.
This Morrocan stencil was made using the template from fresh crush, found via Design*Sponge. And if you're looking to make some chevron canvases, you can find the tutorial at Makeunder My Life. Jess's chevron paintings have made quite the splash around the Internet.
|Hard at work with wine glass nearby|
To hang your canvases, nail some sawtooth picture frame hangers to the back of the canvas. Hang them up and admire your craftiness!Approximate cost breakdown
And I still have lots of paint, a few leftover stencil films, and can reuse the brushes and X-Acto knife.
Yes, I know the paintings don’t exactly coordinate with the wall color. If I had it my way, the walls would be a different color. But since we’re still renting and can’t paint the walls, we have to deal with it. Hopefully the canvases will coordinate better in our new house :)