Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Painting Canvas with a Stencil

Today I will reveal the last item I made for my living/dining makeover. If you've been following along you will remember how I made new cushions for my sofa and applied vinyl to the wall. I wanted the dining area to have some connection to the living, so I thought I'd use the same design to paint some canvases.

I love paint, but I must confess I know nothing what-so-ever about how to do it properly. So I put my CAMEO to work. This was my first time using Silhouette's stencil material. It proved to be the perfect medium for the job. As you can see I used it over and over again and surprisingly it remained sticky! 

Now the only thing you have to be careful is while cutting it. It comes rolled up like the vinyl, but the material itself is thicker. I would recommend opening the whole role and putting some heavy books on top of it overnight, so that when you cut it is not so terribly curled up. 

Just like the vinyl, you can load it without the mat. I'll go through the step-by-step... 

  1. Usually, if you cut with your mat, the white roller should be on the last notch (from left to right)
  2. Turn the blue lever down.
  3. Slide the roller to the next notch to the left of its original position.
  4. Turn the blue lever up.
  5. Choose the option "Load Media"

Now you are good to go! Go ahead and cut your design!

I tried to give it an ombre effect and it turned out to be harder than I imagined, but I'm quite happy with the outcome! I found out it is best to use less paint and just press the sponge down.

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