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Topic: Really BIG freezer-paper stencil of a tree  (Read 17444 times)
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« on: February 19, 2010 08:35:31 PM »



I saw these vinyl sticker wall transfer things on etsy, and loved the look, but hated the price tag.  Plus, I didn't really like the idea of sticking vinyl to my walls...

So, I found a picture of one I liked from this shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PopWall, divided the image into squares and blew each square up with a photocopier.  I then reassembled the squares like such:



I then put freezer paper on top and traced my assembled-square image (the image was very pixelated from enlarging, so I drew the cut-lines with a crayon to make sure everything was smooth and pretty).  Next I used a pen knife to cut out the stencil
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I ironed the stencil to the wall in three big pieces.  I used masking tape to smooth the stencil pieces together wherever my stencil cuts didn't match perfectly at the seams.  I also used masking tape to help hold the stencil up while I painted (I wasn't sure if the freezer-paper would have enough stick to support its own weight.



... a couple coats of paint...




... and tear that stencil down!



Unfortunately I had a bit of stencil-bleed which I'll have to fix with a brush, but all-in-all I'm very proud of how it turned out!



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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2010 08:58:46 PM »

Very nicely done.

I know my lovely wife will want to do this.

Have a good day!
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2010 09:08:32 PM »

Great job!!!   I think the bleed threw isn't that bad.
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2010 09:09:11 PM »

This is really pretty and I think the "stencil bleed" gives the tree some dimension/texture?  I'd leave it but that's just me Smiley Great work!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2010 04:45:40 AM »

Thanks for sharing your technique.  I really like those vinyl stickers too, but can't afford them right now.  I really like the color combination you used. 
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2010 05:47:25 AM »

Ingenious!  I agree that the bleed through does not look bad on the overall effect -- it just looks awesome!!
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2010 06:25:34 AM »

This is awesome! What kind of paint did you use?
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2010 11:27:31 AM »

This came out great...what an awesome idea.  All that work was definitely worth it.  Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2010 11:29:12 AM »

I love the design and colors you chose. They look great! I used to have the same problem with stencil bleed, I've heard that if you paint the edges with a clear acrylic coat it will stop that. I've just started using a removable spray adhesive to the back of mine (which basically turns them into a giant post-it note).
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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2010 09:27:56 PM »

This is awesome! What kind of paint did you use?

I used Behr latex paint.  Behr offers "testers" in any colour.  I picked out paint chips that exactly matched my fabrics, and had small tester jars mixed of each.  The testers only cost about $5 each and there was more than enough paint to finish the tree.
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