So if you have read my blog recently, you know I’m in the middle of making over my living room. I’m on a quest to update and liven things up and I’m on a budget. I was asked by Tulip for Your Home to make decorative pillows using their fabric paint and stencils. They provided me with all the supplies as well as compensation for making the pillow. All opinions and experiences are 100% my own.
As you can see in the picture, I made the pillow to match the spring pillows I recently made. If you would like to make your own pillow using fabric paint and stencils, it is totally do-able and fun. I’ve got a tutorial for you along with tips and tricks so your project will be a success. You ready to do this? Let’s get to it!
Tulip for Your Home sent me all these supplies. They have a full line of products to help you create for your home and have fun while doing it! 🙂 I settled on the blue and the pink fabric paint and decided to do a layered look with my stencils. I ended up using 2 stencils. We recently moved our girls into their own rooms and I have tons of projects to do in their rooms as well. I have a feeling you will be seeing these stencils again as I get to zhuzhing up their rooms.
Using your stencil spray adhesive, layer a thin layer of adhesive on the back of your stencil. Place the stencil on the pillow cover.
I use old pie pans for my paint projects. They work perfectly, clean up easily, and are reusable. Place some paint in the tray and layer it onto your roller.
Do you see how dry my roller is? That is how dry you want it to be. Painting with stencils is different from painting a wall or other craft project. You want your brush or roller to by dry. It helps to keep the paint from seeping below the stencil and gives you clean lines in your finished product.
Before you begin painting, make sure you place cardboard in the middle of the pillow so any paint that bleeds through will be on the cardboard not on the fabric on the reverse side of your pillow cover.
Using your dry roller, roll the paint onto the stencil. Don’t use too much paint or you won’t get clean lines and won’t be happy with your end result. If you feel the need, add one light layer of paint, then go back and add a second light layer of paint.
Using my dry roller, I was able to get this type of coverage with one coat of paint. I went over each area more than once and did use some pressure with the roller. Just make sure it is a dry roller….are you tired of hearing that. LOL! It is just really important when working with stencils.
This is what one coat of paint will look like. Allow the paint at least one hour to dry before you begin the next layer. I found one hour was enough, but gave it two hours just to be safe and not pull any paint off with the stencil.
Place your second stencil in the position you want and go through the same process of loading your roller with paint. Make sure you layer the paint on with a dry roller (yep that again!).
Use a light layer of paint just like you did with the first stencil. It will work best if you use the lighter color for the first layer of your two layers and a darker color for the second layer.
I made the mistake with this pillow of layering too much paint and trying to layer a light color onto a dark color. This pillow didn’t work out for me and I had to start over again.
Once I did the pillow with the lighter color on the bottom and the darker on the second layer it turned out perfectly! The new pillow goes really well with the spring pillows I made and adds more fun to my living room. Now to get the walls finished and some other art work completed and the chaos of the living room makeover will be done…yay!
Have you used fabric paint and stencils? They are fun to work with and have tons of possibilities for home decor. I would love to hear your ideas. Please leave a comment below.
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