The holidays are over and hubby and I have put away the Christmas tree and decorations. Does your home look a bit bare, stark and uninteresting all of a sudden? Ours does. Not to mention, it is dull, dark and dreary outside with the look of snow, but no snow. You know, that hanging sky that just murks up the day.
Why not create some artwork to help beat the winter blues that is modern, large and so cool you can just lean it up against the wall? This month, Paint + Pattern is focusing on home entry areas, and ours is weird. Not a foyer like most folks have, but a long runway right when you walk in the front door. We live minutes from the airport, and I swear one of these days a plane will touch down.
Years ago, my solution to this odd area was to create an art gallery full of pieces that I collect on travels, create of my own accompanied with some beautiful pottery.
So let’s brighten up the entry and my outlook on this winter weather by making one large stand-up piece of art.
- Royal Design Studio Triangulations stencil
- Royal Design Studio 2” Allover Stencil
- Royal Stencil Size Clear
- Royal Design Studio foils in Candy Apple Red, Holo Teal, Celadon metallics and Black
- Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in Graphite and Pure White
- Hollow core or solid door from a yard sale or ReStore for about $10
- Stiff brush to release the foils, paint brush, paint roller, rags, roller pan, wax paper, 220-grit sandpaper, hole filler if needed
If you have to shop for a hollow core door, or even an old solid one, be sure that no holes were drilled for hardware. Clean it, sand it and paint it with two coats of Chalk Paint®. Mix Graphite and Pure White in a 1 to 1 ratio, which is a medium grey. Paint the edges too. Let dry. Sand lightly and wipe off the residue. If little bits of original paint are exposed during the process, let it be. This is art!
Find the center at the top of the door and tape the stencil in place. You can work with the door standing up or flat on a large surface. I did both at times.
Set out the Stencil Size with some paper towels. (It is the medium that makes the leaf and foil stick to the surface.) Dip the stencil brush tips into the size and offload any excess onto the paper towels. Stencil, using a swirling motion. Wait about 15 minutes and repeat.
While the size is coming to tack, decide where you will add the foil and leaf colors. There are so many possibilities, that my head was swimming. So I decided to keep it simple and coordinate with existing artwork in our entry.
Cut the foil into manageable strips. Leave the stencil in place.
To begin, I found that starting on the left and working to the right made sense, so I could keep the foils and leaf from sticking where I did not want it to go. Once you cover the size, the area will no longer allow materials to stick.
Choose one color of foil and lay it over the areas you want to cover. Make sure THE COLOR SIDE FACES UP. Also, only place the foil or leaf exactly where you want it to go. If it touches any sticky area, it will stick right there.
(If this happens, no worries. Just repaint the area again and add two coats of Stencil Size, like you did before. Then add foil or leaf.)
Continue foiling all areas.
To add leaf, pick up one piece and smooth it in place with your fingers or a soft brush. If you miss a spot, add more leaf, or let it be a bit broken looking like I did. Remove the stencil. Use a piece of wax paper to burnish the leafed areas until no more little bits fall off.
Stand the door in position where you want to display it. Immediately you will discover new possibilities. You can place another item in front – like more artwork or a plant stand. Plus, you have probably already realized that you can paint and stencil another design on the reverse side too.
I really want to get out crayons and chalk to play with this piece some more. What do you think?
Stay tuned to Paint + Pattern throughout the month of January for more entry ideas using stencils. Want more wall art stencil ideas? Check these out: