The Lily of the Valley flower inspired my home office colors. To add some décor to my office, I chose to make stenciled panels with a Lily of the Valley design.
Materials and Tools to Make Stenciled Panels
- Four (4) artists’ canvas
- Basecoat paint
- Paint brush
- Stenciling paint
- Stencil brush
- Blue painter’s tape
How to Make Stenciled Panels
Step 1 – Basecoat the Canvas Panels
My office walls are three different colors. The basecoat on the panels is the wall paint from the darker green wall, with plans to hang the panels on the lighter green wall. I used a regular paint brush like the one I used to paint along the edges of everything on the walls and applied three coats, just because I wanted the green to be very brilliant.
Step 2 – Applying and Painting the Stencil Design
I considered cutting my own stencil from Mylar but I didn’t need this to be a reusable stencil. A vinyl stencil would work well for this project. I do not have a machine that can cut vinyl stencils for me… but I have friends! Someone I know created the design and cut the stencils for me.
I laid the stencil on the first panel and made sure all the stencil edges were well-sealed to the panel. I used blue painter’s tape on the edges of the canvas panel to prevent my stenciling paint from getting on the edge of the panel.
For the stenciling paint, I chose Titanium White Golden Artist Acrylics because of how opaque it is. This picture is after the first coat of stenciling on the panel. You can see the green through the paint.
Even with how opaque the paint is, I still had to apply three coats to get it to be as white as I wanted it. I used a pouncing technique for this stenciling project.
When it dried, I removed the vinyl, leaving a very nice contrasting stenciled design on the canvas panel.
Then I moved on to the second panel, following the same process as before.
You can see here how the design is growing into these beautiful Lily of the Valley flowers.
Panel number three is prepped and ready for paint. Here I took a picture from the side so you can see how I applied the blue painter’s tape to protect the edges of the canvas panels from my stenciling paint.
The third stenciled panel is now complete. I get so excited as I progress through my projects and see my concepts becoming reality!
The fourth panel is now complete and I am waiting for the stenciled panels to be completely dry before I handle them for hanging on the wall in my office.
Step 3 – Hang the Panels on the Wall and Enjoy the DIY Home Décor
The base coat of the darker green on the canvas panels combined with the bright white of the stenciled Lily of the Valley flowers provides the contrast I wanted on the lighter green walls.
My stenciled panels of Lily of the Valley flowers hangs on my art wall in my office.