DIY Wall Art with Stencils and Templates

I want to present three different pieces of DIY wall art that I made with stencils and templates. A couple are already on display in our booth at Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery.

Octopus Stencil on Canvas

These first two pieces are created from stencils designed and cut by Cate Tinsley, a talented  artist and illustrator whose business is called Olive Leaf Stencils. She offers an amazing  selection of wall stencils and I can’t recommend her enough. I found her on Etsy I asked if she could reduce a couple of her oceanic images. Hooray! She agreed.

My instinct tells me there’s a niche for these images since our booth stands about 15 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll see — but the final images look great.
Octopus Stencil

I used an 18″ x 24″ canvas for this mighty guy and painted the background periwinkle. The silvery octopus shimmers — and the photo doesn’t do him justice.

I’d like to paint my next octopus with more colors — blues and greens for the watery background — and add dimension and texture to the octopus with VP Antico by Artisan Enhancements.

Tube Coral Stencil on Pallet Wood

This is the other stencil from Olive Leave Stencils. Isn’t it fantastic? David cut pallet wood to  form a 31″ x 20.75″ surface. Using a belt sander, he sanded the slats as smooth as he could so the stencil would lay as flat as possible. He added a frame to the back.

I whitewashed the raw wood with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) Old White and rolled the stencil with ASCP Barcelona Orange.

Tube Coral Stencil

This guy is heavy — 10 pounds — but won’t he look terrific as the focal point in a beach cottage? He’ll go into our booth in the next couple of days.

I’m entertaining the idea of customizing the octopus and coral in colors requested by clients. What do you think? The alternative, for now, is simply to choose my own colors and surface — either canvas or wood, and sell them in the booth.

Halloween Mirror Silhouettes

DIY Wall Art

This last wall art project arrives in time for Halloween. I’ve had this 4-paned mirror for too long. I repainted it a while back, but it never garnered any attention. Something drastic needed to be done — I’m determined to sell this piece. Halloween gave me the perfect idea. I remembered seeing a photo on The Graphics Fairy site for Halloween projects. Emily Martin created the window below, and it served as the inspiration for my mirror.

Halloween Window Silhouettes

I bought my supplies at Joann’s:

  • a black glitter card with adhesive backing
  • black acrylic paint
  • cobwebbing

I gave a slipshod paint job to the frame — it’s supposed to look creepy. An old peeling window frame might work as well, but you use what you have on hand. I liked the glossy black look.

On my computer, I reduced the size of the templates and printed out the images. Next, I cut the vulture, raven, crow, and rat and traced them onto the white adhesive backing of the black glitter. Cut and adhere.

With the paint dry and the silhouettes attached, the mirror still needed something. A small bag of fake cobwebbing did the trick. I stretched webbing across the frame and added a free spider that came in the package. Voilà!

Thanks for stopping by. You can find us on Facebook and Pinterest, too.

Ann Marie and David


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9 Comments on DIY Wall Art with Stencils and Templates

  1. Grandmas House DIY
    September 19, 2016 at 4:51 pm (5 years ago)

    Love those birds in the window for Halloween! Made me think of The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe! Thanks so much for linking up with us at the to Grandma’s House we go link party! Pinned!

    • irisabbey
      September 19, 2016 at 6:09 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Tarah. Congratulations on your new party! I am determined to see this window pane.

  2. Eilis@MyHeartLivesHere
    September 20, 2016 at 8:08 pm (5 years ago)

    All three of your pieces are so creative! Thank you for joining Monday Social!

    • irisabbey
      September 20, 2016 at 8:12 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks for your kind words. This looks like a fun group.

  3. Botanic Bleu
    September 21, 2016 at 5:42 am (5 years ago)

    Ann Marie,
    Great stencil projects! Your Halloween window also turned out great. Don’t you just love the Graphics Fairy? Thank you for sharing the Monday Social button on your blog and for sharing this post with the Monday Social linky party.


    • irisabbey
      September 22, 2016 at 6:45 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Sandra.

  4. Diana
    September 28, 2016 at 5:47 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m in LOVE with your artwork, Ann Marie! I am definitely going to check out your Etsy source–I love a good stencil. The Halloween display is just perfect for the holiday. Thanks for sharing your artful post with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

    • irisabbey
      September 29, 2016 at 2:08 am (5 years ago)

      Diana, thanks for your enthusiasm on my art work. All 3 pieces are in our booth now. We’ll see what happens.


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