We’ve put together an art finish to share that we hope will encourage you to think “outside of the stencil.”
A good stencil is an investment and with a little foresight and creativity it can provide you with more than just a single, structured design. Our Crested Wings Stencil has been quite popular and we thought it would be fun to share how this same stencil can be used to create a very different set of wings!
We started with a cabinet door painted in French Linen and Old White. When taping our stencil in place, we taped off the “crest” in order to remove it from the design. We also planned ahead with a few measurements for the placement of our stencil. We chose to have our wings to come together and overlap at specific points.
After having troweled VP Antico across the one side of the wing design, we swiftly removed the stencil.
For a more custom look, we used a small brush to add texture to the VP Antico before it dried.
Always allow your product or paint to dry before overlapping the stencil over a previously stenciled design. In this case we wanted the wings to overlap, so we waited for our first VP Antico wing to dry. We then taped the stencil in place where we wanted it and proceeded with a second application.
This folded wing design works well and was simple enough to achieve. Here you can see the effect of the extra texture added on the left side while the VP Antico was still wet.
After adding the brush stroke texture to the right wing, we allowed the product to dry thoroughly before continuing with our “extended wing” design!
The extension was achieved simply by taping the stencil in place and applying more VP Antico to the bottom.
While adding the texture to the bottom half of our extended wing design, we also used our small brush to create a few more “feathers” where we felt they were needed.
Once again, we allowed this new section to dry before extending the other wing.
With our extended, textured wing design complete, it was time to add a little more dimension to the overall look. We did a bit of dry brushing, first with black paint, then with a creamy white. We used a shop cloth to off-load most of the paint from our brush before application.
Finally, we highlighted and added shimmer by dry brushing a soft layer of Pearl Plaster over the entire board.
We chose our Clear Topcoat Sealer to add a protective finish to our completed piece. The Topcoat Brush works beautifully for applying a thin, even coat of sealer.
With the addition of a pretty painted crown hook, this winged art board is ready to hold a jacket, bathrobe or maybe several strands of pearls!
We hope this project inspired you to look at stencil designs in a new light. A stencil can be more than just a template, it can also be a guide or starting point for something imaginative and completely custom!
Please feel free to pin this tutorial for future reference! Be sure to hashtag #artisanenhancements in your project posts on social media! We would love to see what you’re working on!