Stencil Art for Your Home
Have you seen the phrase “Live, Love, Laugh” displayed in people’s homes and offices? This is a great reminder to enjoy life and appreciate the truly important thing. You can use stencil art to place this, or any other phrase on your walls and furniture! Alphabet stencils are easy to find, and don’t have to be expensive.
How to Use Alphabet Stencils
Stencil letters are easy to use. First, of course, you have to make sure the wall or furniture is clean, because you’re going to spray a temporary adhesive on the back of your stencil to hold it in place. This will make stencil art a little neater, but if the surface is dirty, the alphabet stencils won’t stick to the surface.
Centering Stencil Letters
Once you clean the wall or furniture item, say, a table top, center your phrase in the area you want to stencil. Do this by counting the number of characters, including punctuation and spaces, and dividing by 2. The number you come up with is the space you use, first. So, for instance, if you’re using the stencil letters for Live, Love, Laugh, you’ll have 17 characters. That’s 3 commas, 2 spaces, and 13 letters. 17 divided by 2 is 8.5. That means you’ll need characters 8 and 9, which are the “v” and “e” of Love. The v and e will be the first 2 stencil letters you place on the wall. Then, you work out in both directions with the rest of the letters and spaces. If you’re placing the phrase over a doorway, put the v and e over the center of the door. A table top would be the same. That way, if you have any room left over at the end of the stencil art, it will be evenly distributed on both ends of the quote. The only variable in this situation is the number of upper case letters – you’ll have to allow a little more space for the larger letters.
Places to Use Stencil Art
Wall stencils for painting in many different applications can be great for stencil art. You can find phrases of encouragement and sentiment in teacher’s lounges, board rooms and kitchens all across the U.S. You’ll see it in restaurants and department stores. For a real challenge, try stencil letters on a round coffee table. Stencil a phrase in a spiral patters from the center of the table out to the edge. You might do stencil art at the end of the phrase, and then repeat the phrase again until you reach the edge.
Other times, you may use really tall alphabet stencils around 12” to 18”, and lightly stencil your favorite words on an entire wall. Then, come back with the same words in smaller stencil letters and coordinating colors, and overlap the previously stenciled words.
You may want to stencil your children’s names on the footboards or headboards of their beds – sort of like in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Your alphabet stencil art can be a lot of fun, and make your home beautiful.