How to Paint a Fresco Mural with Stencil Kit by Cutting Edge Stencils. DIY decor ideas.

How to Paint a Fresco Mural with Stencil Kit by Cutting Edge Stencils. DIY decor ideas.


Hi, I’m Janna and I’m Greg from Cutting
Edge Stencils. Today we’re going to show you how to stencil this beautiful mural
using our ultimate for fresco stencil kit. These faux frescoes look great over
lightly textured plaster a simple faux finish or even a solid base coat.
We stencil this master bath over a blue plaster finish. Here’s what you’ll need.
Your Cutting Edge Stencil kit, a dense foam roller, artist and stencil brushes,
acrylic paints, large styrofoam plates, low tack painters tape and paper towels.
First you need to work out your composition. We chose to put large fruit
trees in the foreground, softened by ground cover of various plants. Using the
ultimate fresco stencil kit let’s start with a large fruit tree. Our tree stencil
comes in two parts for the ease of installation. The trunk and the top.
Position the trunk stencil on the wall and secure it with a few pieces of blue
painters tape. Load your dense foam roller with brown acrylic paint making
sure to offload any excess paint onto a folded paper towel. Now simply roll over
the trunk stencil applying light to medium pressure. Using a stencil brush
with a little bit of raw umber acrylic paint, shade one side of the trunk to
give it dimension. Remove the stencil now it’s time to connect the small gaps left
by stencil bridges with an artist brush and brown acrylic. Position the top of
the tree stencil so it connects to the trunk. Roll over the stencil gradually
building paint coverage using light pressure. It’s always better to start
with a lighter touch and build coverage rather than just pressing hard and
getting undesirable paint seepage under the stencil. Again, use a little raw umber
shading for the edges of the branches, to give them dimension. Remove the stencil
and connect the most obvious bridges with an artist brush. Next step, leaves. We
start with the darkest layers of the leaves adding lighter layers on top. This
creates a realistic looking tree canopy with depth. For the dark layer of leaves,
we’re going to use olive green acrylic paint
and our citrus leaves stencil that has six different leaf clusters. Position the
stencil so one of the leaf clusters naturally grows out of the branches. Load
the roller with paint, but don’t forget to blot off some by rolling it on the
paper towels. Simply roll over the leaf cluster with your roller, then take a
stencil brush with raw umber acrylic and darken the tips and bottoms of the
leaves. This simple touch will give a sense of dimension to the leaves. Repeat
this for each dark leaf cluster that you’re going to stencil. Make sure to use
different leaf clusters so you’re stenciling doesn’t look repetitive. For
the second layer of leaves we’re going to use a mixture of colors. Some fern
green, rusty Brown, some olive green, and sage. We want to introduce all these
colors at once into one layer of leaves by creating what we call a camouflage
roller or camo roller. Don’t forget to offload the extra paint onto a paper
towel. Place a different cluster from your citrus leaves stencil on top of the
darker leaves and roll over the stencil with your camo roller. You can see that
the leaves have a nice blend of colors to them and are lighter than the
previous layer adding a sense of depth to our canopy. These leaves don’t need
extra shading so just keep rolling more clusters with your camo roller. Finally
we’re going to create the brightest leaves at the ends of the branches. These
are the sunlit leaves that are sitting on the surface. I’ll use a brush a mix of
light acrylic colors and a small stencil called little leaflets. Simply pounce the
color through the stencil openings to get instant sunlight on your branches. Go
for solid opaque coverage. You want to block out the colors underneath. Now
we’re going to stencil a lemon from our fruit assortment stencil. Use a couple of
yellow acrylics and pounce with a brush to get good opaque coverage. You want
your coverage to be solid to block out the leaf shapes under it so the brush
should be pretty loaded with yellow paint for this step. Make sure to use an
up-and-down motion with your brush to avoid seepage. Shade an edge of the lemon with a little raw umber, then add a highlight by
pouncing in a little off white acrylic. Add more fruit here and there, but don’t
get carried away or it can look unnatural. You can always add a leaf or
two on top of your fruit so it looks like it’s hanging within the tree. Now
let’s add some ground cover plants at the bottom of the tree. Note that we made
the background color here darker. This will help to make your foreground
stenciling stand out. The same layering technique applies here.
Start with your darkest plants for the background and add lighter ones as you
move to the foreground. A simple rolling technique quickly gets the job done. Your
final result is a beautiful faux fresco reminiscent of Olivia’s garden Roman
frescoes. It’s so easy when using our Cutting Edge Stencil Ultimate Fresco Kit.
Cutting Edge Stencils, it’s beautiful made easy!

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