Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fun with stencils!

Tadd (who actually tends to be slightly more crafty than me at times) and I were roaming the craft store yesterday, when we came across some really cute stencils. He suggested we buy a few, plus some blank canvases and try to make some art for our new house. I thought it sounded like a simple enough project, so we bought the stencils, canvases, some cheap sponge brushes, and four tubes of paint and headed home.

I spread out an old shower curtain on the floor of the living room, put on our DVD copy of Ratatouille (we are big Pixar fans), and we got to work.

Here is what we started with:

Tadd wanted to do two long, skinny canvases, and I wanted one big square one. His idea was to paint one black and one white, then take the bamboo stencil and do layers of different shades of green, going from light to dark, and then dark to light. I honestly wasn't sure what I was going to do with mine when I started. I just kind of played with the stencil shapes as I went. Here is a work-in-progress pic:

Tadd's is hard to see, but at that point, he had only done the darkest shades of green, so it kind of had a tone-on-tone effect against the black.

And here are some finished products. Tadd's black canvas is done, and he has started on the white one. And mine is completely done.

Mine is going to probably go somewhere in the master suite, probably in the bathroom. Tadd's will go into his "man den". It was a really fun project, and very easy.


  1. Hi Heather! I love this idea and I love your finished piece! Would you mind if I show it in an upcoming post, letting everyone know that you're the artist and link back to your blog? You may get people from all over visiting your blog so you would have to be comfortable with that.

    thanks for stopping by my blog, commenting and becoming a follower! Hope you're having a good weekend.

  2. Absolutely, you may use my stuff. I'm so flattered! Thanks so much! Hopefully my husband will hurry up and finish his 2nd canvas so I can post that finished product too.

  3. SO cute, great job!!!!

    Take care,

  4. I just found your blog from P.K.'s blog. I have been wanting to paint something for my son's nursery. Thank you so much for this tutorial! : )

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Thanks guys! I wish the pics were better quality...they were taken via my iPhone. But I'm sure you are able to get the idea of what they look like! Hopefully soon I have my laptop back and can upload normal pics. :)