Hey everyone! Hope you had fun making your custom DIY fabric art! If you have done any of the tutorials for yourself I’d love to see how they’re coming together so post a pic!
A few days ago I asked you guys to vote on a project you’d like to learn how to do and I got several mixed responses so I’ve decided to start with the Mod Wall Mural and then teach the Clay Rose Necklace and the Baby Onesie Applique on other days so everyone’s happy. I’m thrilled to see you’re all excited to learn and I promise that I will get to those tutorials asap!
I first created this mod looking painted wall mural in my little sister’s room in Idaho. She wanted me do redecorate her room for her birthday to help her out of the “quilted and sweet” young room she had to a more mature and fun “teenagery” room. We had to use her existing furniture and my parents didn’t want her to repaint her dusky blue walls so it was a bit of a challenge to combine her new tastes into her old stuff. But, I really was pleased with how it all turned out and I think the wall mural really helped pull things together. Heres her new room:And then heres the mod wall mural I did to tie it all together:
I think you’ll be surprised at how inexpensive and easy it is to create an impact like this with a little bit of paint. Also, you don’t need to feel like you have to be a teenager to use this mural in your room. Coordinate the colors to match your decor and make the blooms as big or as small as you’d like. You could also do this same thing as a neutral just for a bit of an eye-catcher without being super powerful by simply painting it in the same color as your wall color but a few shades darker or lighter. I used the same colors and design in my sister’s bathroom over her toilet on a smaller scale to make it look like flowers coming out of a vase. So are you excited to learn how its done!? Great! Here we go:
- Blank Stencil Sheet(s). I bought 3 sheets to make 3 different stencils for my flower buds. You can find blank stenciling sheets at crafts stores and some Walmarts.
- Exacto Knife.
- Repositionable Spray Adhesive.
- Craft Paint or leftover wall paint from other rooms, whatever you’d like. I used 3 colors (pink, lime green, and white) for my sister’s mural.
- Paint Brushes. A small one for the finer details like the grass and the stems and a medium one for the larger areas.
- Stencil Brush or “Pouncer”. I just used a cheap foam pouncer and then refined the outline of my buds with the smaller paintbrush.
And thats it my friends! Time to get it done!
- Determine where you’d like your mural to go. When choosing a spot for your mural keep in mind that this is something to be proud of and chose a place that will showcase it like in between two windows, in an entryway, or even on a back door would be really sweet and fun.
- Determine what colors you’d like to use. I used 3 colors that I picked based on the colors that were in my sister’s bedding. Coordinate your colors to the room that the mural is going in.
- Like the last tutorial on fabric silhouette art, find an image (I often use google images) of any type of flower bud you’d like to use that has a distinct line keeping in mind that you will only be seeing the bud as a silhouette on the wall. I actually chose 3 different bud images of the same kind of flower so I had more detail and difference to my wall mural “layers”.
- Again, like the last tutorial, blow each bud image up to as large as you’d like (as long as it fits onto your computer paper which is about an 8″x11″ sheet) and print them off to use as your mural image.
- Take a sheet of your blank stencil plastic and trace the outline of your bud onto the stencil plastic with a sharpie. This can be done by simply placing the printed image behind the stencil plastic and carefully going along the outline of the bud. You should be able to see through the plastic enough to see your image and trace it easily but if you need to you can take both layers to a window (as long as its light outside) and this will help backlight your image and make it easier to see where you need to be tracing.
- By now you should know where I’m headed with this…
- Using your sharp exacto knife, carefully carve out your newly traced image on your stencil plastic to create your bud silhouette stencil.
- Repeat the process for all 3 buds if you’re using different images per color/layer for your mural.
- Determine how you’d like to layer your mural…as in…which color you want in the back…which bud will coordinate with that color…and so on. Are you following me? I hope this is easy to understand, because it really is an easy project. Basically just refer to the mural pic above to see what I mean. For example, I started with my white painted flowers first, let those dry, then did my green painted flowers intersecting and overlapping the white ones and let those dry, and then ended with my pink flowers overlapping and intersecting with both the white and green last. If you’d like a more simple version, just stick to one paint color and one bud stencil and overlap however you’d like.
- Once you have a “plan” in your mind you can either pencil it onto your wall, draw it out on a piece of paper, or just go at it (thats what I tend to do…I like to just dive into things…I’m impatient that way I guess).
- Take your first bud stencil and spray the backside with your repositionable spray adhesive to save you from having to try to hold it in place as you stencil. Stick it to your wall wherever you’d like (keep in mind you want the buds to look random so some will be high and some will be tilted and some to one side and some low,etc…) and then with your “first layer” color stencil in the image. If your walls are textured like my sister’s are you might get a little bit of seeping in spots, but you can take your small brush and even those areas out by hand after its all dry so don’t stress about it too much.
- Next continue moving the stencil around the mural area, placing buds randomly about. You may need to re-apply the spray adhesive to get your stencil to continue sticking after a couple moves or so.
- Once you have the desired amount of buds in your “first layer” color, pull stems down from the buds to the floor in the same color with your small/medium paint brush. Some can be bent to one side, some straighter, some a little wavy, it really doesn’t matter too much since this project looks a little sweeter if it is somewhat imperfect I think. (I tend to like projects that look “intentionally imperfect” since they are less stressful and easier to be proud of.)
- Fill in the bottom of your mural area with some wispy blades of grass in the same color.
- OK! Sit back and look and take a break while that first layer dries.
- Once its dry you can start on the second layer, either using the same bud stencil or another that you made, (I made 3 different stencils for mine, one to go with each color I used) and repeat the last 5 steps with your last two colors. Be aware of your NEGATIVE spaces (spaces in between each painted area) and try not to get too uniform in your flower placement (unless thats what you want…actually this would look pretty cute as a line of daisies in a row…).
- Step back and admire your beautiful wall mural!! FABULOUS!!!
And thats that! I think that I might have “over-explained” this one a bit, but I try to write these in the most comprehensible way that I can. Really though, once you know that all this is is a homemade stencil and some freehand painting, its pretty easy to get it done. Have fun doing this in your own home. I’d love to see pics of your projects so be sure to post them when your done!