It’s easy to work multiple colors into a stencil pattern when using stencil brushes. The amount of control that stencil brushes provide means that you can isolate different colors in different design areas by limiting the brush application to just certain design elements at one time. For this stenciled finish I chose 4 complimentary Royal Stencil Crème colors and applied them randomly through a Moroccan stencil pattern.
The background is Espresso Bean Lusterstone, a metallic plaster from Faux Effects, International.
Follow the Basic Brush Stenciling instructions for loading and off-loading your stencil brush outlined above. In order to isolate the separate colors in the different star elements, use 4 different ¾” stencil brushes; one for each color. This allows you to easily keep the different colors from traveling into the nearby “open” areas of the stencil as you work. Use a firm, even pressure on the brush as you stencil to fill in the entire open area with a solid application of paint.
The metallic Stencil Crème colors will naturally produce different levels of shine on the surface. This is caused by the mica particles being flipped back and forth on the dark, textured surface. The effect is similar to the “nap” that is seen on velvet or corduroy fabric as it is brushed different ways with your hands. To even the sheen level out, finish off the stenciling by stippling straight up and down over the surface with the stencil brush to get a more even effect.
As always, lift the stencil periodically as you work to check how the colors look against the background, and to ensure that you are using the right amount of paint and pressure on the brush.
Metallic colors, including the Royal Stencil Crème Metallic Collection, take on even more interest and depth when a toning or staining layer of glaze is applied over them. One of my favorite toning/staining mediums is Stain and Seal, from Faux Effects, International. Stain and Seal is a water-based gel stain designed for wood finishing. The stain properties mean that the color actually bites into the surface, producing a very rich color and effect.
Stain and Seal dries VERY quickly on its own, so I always add So Slow Super Extender (up to a 1:1 ratio) to extend the “open” time of the stain and create a more translucent effect.
Allow the Royal Stencil Crème colors to dry for about half an hour before toning with stain or glaze. Fill a mister spray bottle with water. Spritz water over the area you will be working in and just beyond, so that you can maintain a “wet edge”.
Use a piece of cheesecloth or brush to rouge on a thin layer of the stain/glaze mix, over the dampened surface, in a small workable area.
A Neon Leon Nylon Brush works great to smooth and spread the stain/glaze mix.
While the stain/glaze mix is still wet, respray with a quick sharp spritz of water. This will cause the stain/glaze mix to “ciss” and bead up on the surface slightly. This will create an additional nice, random texture.
Use clean cheesecloth to blot out any large water drips. Continue working while blending your freshly wet areas back into areas that you have already done. Note: It’s best to start at the top of the wall and work across and then vertically. Make the size if your work areas random horizontally and aim for irregular “edges” so you end up with a very organic finish.