So after scouring pinterest for inspiration on how to decorate my gloomy bedroom I finally have a little bit of a direction on what I want the final look to be - at the moment I'm thinking of incorporating a lot of white and gold to add brightness to the room. This is the first piece and step 1 of the bedroom make over. Here's a little tutorial on how I made it.
I really enjoying making this - it probably took about 90 mins but most of that was paint drying time. A trip to Micheals took care of the essentials for this project (with an awesome 50% off coupon).
- foam brush
- gold metallic paint
- white paint
- 12x16 canvas
Step 1: Prime the canvas
Step 2: Add depth to the background
Sometimes I feel like an all white background can look quite flat so to add a little depth I mixed some gold and white paint together and blended this into the background and left it to dry completely before beginning to stencil.
Step 3: Apply stencil and paint
Attach the stencil wherever you want it with some painters tape (using painters tape ensures that the white background layer of paint will not be lifted by the tape when you remove it). Using a foam brush gently blot in the stencil with the gold paint taking care not to let the paint bleed. Remove the stencil to reveal the pattern. Repeat as many times as you want to achieve your desired look.
Remember to match up the stencil along the edges of the canvas to get the wrap-around effect
[Note: I found that is was best to remove the stencil soon after painting - first I left the stencil on the canvas to dry and then removed it and it took a lot of the paint off in a film with the stencil]
Step 4: Use white paint to touch up any mistakes
Any small bleeding marks, are easily touched up with some white paint maing them much much less noticeable especially from a distance
Step 5: Enjoy your new piece of DIY canvas art work
Since I don't yet know how the bedroom is going to come together, I haven't actually put this on the wall yet but here's the finished painting waiting for its new home. When it catches the light you can see the metallic finish on the painting.
This was one of three little projects I did this week - I'll post up the others this week too.