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How to create your old gold Art Deco stencil

Habitat bright ideas with Fleur Thorpe – DIY projects

Follow these step-by-step instructions to see how to make your old gold Art Deco stencil.

Creating your old gold Art Deco stencil

Either purchase a stencil from the internet or you can make your own. To make your own choose a stencil pattern you like from the internet, enlarge it to fit the dimensions of the area you wish to stencil, and print it out on to card. Tape multiple printouts together to get the stencil to the correct size. Cut the stencil out using a craft knife.

Top tip: As well as saving money, the advantage of making your own stencil is that you can size it to the dimensions of your area.

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Step 1:  Using masking tape, tape off the area around where you want to stencil so that you don’t accidently get paint on the surrounding walls. Position your stencil at the top of your wall, making sure that it is straight and level. If your walls and ceiling are plumb, then this should be easy! If not, use a level. Hold the stencil in place with a few pieces of painter masking tape.

Step 2:  Using a stencilling brush, dip it into the paint and then dab it on to a plate or piece of scrap cardboard to ensure that you get a thin and even coverage of paint on the brush. Too much paint on the brush will cause bleed-through on the underside of the stencil. Dab the brush on to the holes of the stencil, making sure to get a good even coverage. Do this all over the stencil.

Step 1 - Tape stencil to wall Step one

Step 2 - Stamp gold paint onto stencil Step two

Step 3:  Carefully remove the stencil by peeling it off – do not slide it as this will smudge the paint. The paint dries quickly and if you are careful not to move it too much, you should be able to re-position it straight away for the next repeat. Repeat the painting process all the way down the wall. Every time you start a new repeat, make sure you line up the stencil in the right place and that it remains level. Remove the surrounding painter tape as soon as you are finished.

Top tip: If you work quickly, any bleed-through can be touched up with a damp Q-tip.

Step 3 - Stencil in sections down the wall Step three

Detail of wall section of stencil repeats Wall stencil detail

Top tip: For a multicolour effect choose different parts of your stencil to paint in different Resene testpot colours. E.g. You might choose to paint the main part of the stencil in a favourite colour and use a metallic Resene testpot to add a touch of luxe to smaller parts of the stencil design.

Styling and images by Fleur Thorpe, 2018.

Habitat bright ideas
Need to add colour, pattern or a little creativity to your place? Check out these easy step by step DIY project ideas created in collaboration with Fleur Thorpe. We hope you enjoy making and painting these bright ideas and bringing colour to your home inside or out.

Fleur's projects | Habitat bright ideas


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