Embellishing Stencils with Glitz, Glass, and Glamour



Think Stencils can only be used with paint? Oh, no - they're much more versatile than that! Adding glitz and glamour to your stenciled surfaces is easy AND super fun! To make your stenciled project shimmer enticingly, you can use materials such as glitter, glass beads, rhinestones and crystals, to name a few. But don't take our word for it - take a look at what some of our artist friends did to enhance and embellish their stencil projects.  Oh yeah, we're bringing the bling to ya!


Add glass beads through stencils for a glamourous wall treatment. Damask stencil from Royal Design Studio

Artist Tiffany Alexander has such a creative way with Stencils. We always love the new and innovative materials she uses with them and this powder bath project is no exception. On a metallic foil finish, she troweled a shimmery plaster through the Florentine Damask Stencil and embedded the glass beads on the plaster. The beads stay on the plaster as it dries and the results are not only rich and opulent, but also durable.  Bravo!   


Stencil some glamour! Add embellishments to stenciled wall art projects

Girls of all ages loved bejeweled surprises! Many little girls who have Arizona artist Carmen Benoit paint their rooms finds themselves tickled pink with the stenciled monogrammed custom canvas works she creates for them.  One of her favorite patterns to use is the Skylar's Lace Floral Stencil. "I absolutely love this pattern and find it quite versatile. You can use it as a classical lace treatment and also take a more whimsical approach to the stencil, which I did for the canvas works." She shares that she usually layers metallic paints with the stencils and then applies three-dimensional elements for depth and interest.  Do you know a little girl who'd love these?


 Art Deco wall stencil with rhinestones added. So pretty on gray metallic walls!


Portland-based artist Terry Leibenguth was happy to get a call to work on a client's home - in Hawaii! The client adores Art Deco and the Deco Pearls Damask Wall Stencil from the Allover Damask Stencils Collection was the perfect choice for this wall finish. Over metallic plastered walls, she used a metallic silver mixed with a gloss gel to trowel through the stencil and then "added around 3,000 rhinestones". Terry ordered four stencils so that she could not only speed up the process, but also have extra stencils on hand to work on the inside corners and around windows and doors. Great tip!

Embossed stenciling on gold columns wtih glass bead. Flourish damask stencil.

An award-winning collaboration between three artists brought this gold and glam stenciled column project to life! Ashlie Bickford and Kindra Benge worked with muralist Sharon Leichsenring on six columns in an open-spaced foyer.  The Flourish Allover Stencil was embossed with plaster in a spiral fashion down the columns and after priming and painting, all the stencil flowers were covered by Swarovski crystals colored in amber, silver and turquoise. "In case you’re wondering," Sharon explains, "there’s only one way to apply the crystals: one by one. The crystals were cemented to overlap each other for maximum Bling! effect." Be sure not to miss the step-by-step process for their glam stenciled column project!


Are you inspired to go with glam? All the stencils from Royal Design Studio can be embellished on any surface and these techniques can also be used for smaller projects such as furniture and crafts! Let us know what enchanting projects you dream up -- we'd love to feature YOU here, too! 

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First Image Credits (from top right): Modello® Designs Stencil by Elizabeth Hastings, Avignon Ceiling Medallion Stencil by Faux Maison and Queen Crown Wall Art & Furniture Stencil sample by Rebecca Slaton.

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