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Thanksgiving DIY: Stencil a Fall Gallery Wall

Canvas Wall Art DIY | Paint + Pattern

Your own festive Fall wall gallery is a decorative art project that is not only on trend this season, but décor you can use year after year. Style each element together as pictured here or space them throughout your home to keep your holiday décor different and fresh.

This tutorial shows how you can create the three different styles of canvas art. We have chosen stencils from our Fall Stencil Collection, however, as you can see the possibilities are endless in how you can personalize this project.

Time: 2 – 3 hours

Materials:

Chalk Paint:

  • Old Ochre
  • Old White
  • Barcelona Orange
  • Primer Red
  • Louis blue
  • Blended Blue Paint: 1 tbsp Florence + 1 tbsp greek Blue
  • Blended Green Paint: 1 tbsp Antibes Green + 1/3 tbsp Greek Blue
  • Blended Orange Paint: 1 tbsp Barcelona Orange + ½ tbsp Old White

Brushes:

  • Medium Pointed Sash
  • Large Pointed Sash
  • 2” Foam Brushes
  • 3/8” Stencil Brushes
  • 5/8” Stencil Brushes
  • Small Paint brush

Stencils:

Other Supplies:

  • Two 16” x12” canvases
  • Two 12” x 12” canvases
  • Painters Tape
  • Bounty Paper Towels

Prep the Canvas: Using a large pointed sash brush, paint the canvas with Old Ochre Chalk Paint. Use long vertical strokes, while wet. Use a medium pointed sash brush to add a few shorter strokes of Old White Chalk Paint. Blend this with the Old Ochre Chalk Paint. Do this for all 4 canvases. Allow to dry.

Prepping the Canvas for Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Paint + Pattern

Prepping the Canvas for Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Paint + Pattern

16” x 12” Orange Canvas Art Steps

Stencil Supplies for Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Paint + Pattern

Step 1: Place the first layer of your stencil in the center of the canvas and secure with painter’s tape. Place four more small pieces of painter’s tape on the canvas under the corners of the stencil. Use a pen to color in the registration marks of the stencil on the tape. This will allow you to perfectly align the other layers of this stencil.

Thanksgiving DIY: Stenciled Wall Art | Paint + Pattern

Step 2: First stencil with the lightest color. For this size, we recommend using a 1” stencil brush. If you apply a higher amount of pressure when stenciling the bottom right sides of each element on the stencil, you will create a 3D shadow effect.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Fruit of the Vine Trophy Furniture Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Step 3: Load your stencil brush with the darker color. Make sure to off load excess paint on a paper towel. Then, stencil along the bottom right edge of each element in the stencil to again emphasize the shading effect.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Fruit of the Vine Trophy Furniture Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Fruit of the Vine Trophy Furniture Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 & 3 with the remaining layers of the stencil.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Fruit of the Vine Trophy Furniture Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Step 5: Use a piece of chalk to trace a ribbon like border around your canvas.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Fruit of the Vine Trophy Furniture Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Step 6: Once you are pleased with the design use a fine paint brush to trace over the chalk. We used our blended green paint.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Fruit of the Vine Trophy Furniture Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Step 7: This is the same process for the 16” x 12” Blue Canvas Art. If you’d like to replicate that project, we used our Staff Of Life Trophy stencil, Louis Blue Chalk Paint, our Blended Blue Paint combination and Primer Red.

12” x 12” Blue Square Canvas Steps

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Scrolling Leaves Border Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Step 1: Draw 2 lines in chalk to divide the canvas in to 3 horizontal sections. Once measured, apply tape to the canvas using the lines as guides. The first piece of tape should sit just below your chalk line. The second piece of tape should sit just above your chalk line. This placement of the tape ensures the top and the bottom are the same width.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Scrolling Leaves Border Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Step 2: Using a foam brush paint the taped off section on each canvas. For our project, we used Louis Blue Chalk Paint.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Louis Blue Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

Step 3: Stencil the top and bottom sections with an allover pattern furniture stencil. We stenciled the Scrolling Leaves Border Stencil with our Blended Blue Paint. To create the same shading effect, we applied slightly more pressure around the edges of the stencil and blended softly to the center.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Scrolling Leaves Border Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Step 4: Find the center of your canvas by measuring corner to corner and vertical and horizontal. Next, plan the layout of your message. Double check to make sure it is centered.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Scrolling Leaves Border Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Step 5: Stencil each letter with the lightest color first. We used Barcelona Orange Chalk Paint.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Typography Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Step 6: Without moving the stencil, apply a darker color to the left edges of each letter. We used the Primer Red.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Typography Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Step 7: To create a 1/8” thin border for each section, use a piece of painter’s tape on one side and a straight edge of a stencil on the other to create the line. For our project, we used Primer Red Chalk Paint.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Typography Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Step 8: To add some flourishes, trace out a couple swirls using a piece of chalk next to the word “give”. Once you are pleased with the design, trace it with a fine paint brush. We used our Blended Green Paint to provide some contrast.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Typography Stencil by Royal Design Studio

12” x 12” Orange Square Canvas Steps

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Tulip Tile Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Step 1: Measure a border around the squared canvas. Determine how thick your border should be based on the size of the stencil that will be in the middle. Once measured, apply painter’s tape to mark and protect the integrity of your border. For our project, we measured a 3” border.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Royal Design Studio

Step 2: Use a foam brush to paint the taped off border. We used Barcelona Orange Chalk Paint.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Barcelona Orange by Royal Design Studio

Step 3: For the border, find an allover pattern furniture sized stencil to create a fun textured design. For our project, we stenciled the Tulip Tiles Stencil with Primer Red along the edges and our Blended Orange Paint in the middle.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Tulip Tile by Royal Design Studio

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Tulip Tile by Royal Design Studio

Step 4: With the border done, place your stencil on the center of your canvas. We used Ashley’s Autumn Heart stencil. Stencil each element of the design using each color that was previously used on all of the canvases.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY |Ashley's Autumn Heart by Royal Design Studio

Step 5: Create a thin border around the frame using the Blended Green Paint. This is the same as Step 7 found in the 12” x 12” Blue Square Canvas tutorial.

Thanksgiving Wall Art DIY | Stencils by Royal Design Studio

As the years march on, this stencil project made from the heart will become a cherished keepsake for your family as they grow up and begin to have their own Thanksgiving traditions.

Want some more Fall-themed DIY fun? See what ideas we’re thankful for our Fall /Thanksgiving Stencil Collection as well as our Fall Festivities page on Paint + Pattern!

We can’t wait to see your Fall stencil projects! Email us at projects@royaldesignstudio.com or tag us on Instagram with #royaldesignstudio.

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