This stencil is one of my favourites, it combines intricate Fleur de Lis repeating patterns around the edge, with a stunning centre piece in the middle that pulls the design together. Today I’ll be showing you how I applied this stencil to a wooden board to make an eye-catching wall art piece for the workshop.
What you will need:
- Painted wooden board
- Water mister
- Posh Chalk Fleur De Lis Raised Stencil
- Posh Chalk Deep Gold Smooth Paste
- Posh Chalk Black Graphite Textured Paste
- Posh Chalk Patinas in Black, Dark Brown, Copper, Pale Gold, Byzantine Gold and Bright Silver
- Heat gun
- Two paintbrushes, one finer and the other thicker
- Palette knife
How to create the design:
1. Using a mister filled with water, wet the surface and brush on the Posh Chalk Deep Gold Smooth Paste.
2. Dab the wash with a crumpled paper towel to reveal some of the paint beneath the paste. This will give you a nice varied colour effect. If you want to speed up the drying process at this stage, you can use a heat gun to dry the paste but this is optional.
3. Set the Posh Chalk Fleur de Lis stencil over the board, making sure that it is straight and that the designs are positioned correctly on your piece. If you are applying the design onto a rectangular shape like I am, start by positioning the lower two designs to paint and then move the stencil into the correct position for the centre piece and the top two designs.
4. Apply the Posh Chalk Black Graphite Textured Paste to the outer sections of the stencil first using a palette knife. Then smooth the paste out using a squeegee. Make sure to apply plenty of paste as this can be scraped off to be reused later.
5. Scrape the excess paste off from the stencil using a squeegee and then peel the stencil off carefully.
6. Apply the heat gun to the designs to make them become raised. You might have to go over the design a few times.
7. Now press down the paste using a palette knife to add some texture to the paste.
8. Repeat steps 3-7 for the centre design and then the top two designs. This is what it should look like when you’ve finished using the stencil:
9. Take the Posh Chalk Patina in Black and a fine paintbrush and trace around the design, starting with the centre piece. Try to keep it as concentrated as you can and as close as possible to the edge of the design.
10. Now take the Posh Chalk Dark Brown Patina and a thicker brush. Use the brush to smudge the Dark Brown Patina around the design so that it blends with the Black Patina.
11. Go back in with the same thicker brush and blend out the edges of the Dark Brown Patina.
12. Use a wipe to get rid of any excess surface wax.
13. Using a fine paintbrush, go in with the Posh Chalk Patinas in Copper, Pale Gold, Byzantine Gold and Bright Silver to highlight areas of the design.
And you’re finished! This is what the final piece should look like:
I hope you enjoyed the Fleur de Lis tutorial. Keep a look out for next week’s DIY project which will feature a medieval-themed piece.
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