Stencil How-to: Easy Sponge Roller Texture and Stencil Shadow-Shift

How to Stencil: Allover Corsini Damask stencil with a textured sponge finish and shadow shift technique.  

Here's a super pretty stencil how-to that is perfect for creating a unique, textured look with an allover damask wall stencil-or any stencil that you want to add a soft, lacy effect to. We combine this sponge stencil technique here with a simple drop shadow or shadow-shift technique that adds more depth and dimension. The sponge roller stencil effect goes very fast but the drop shadow technique requires that you stencil the pattern twice-which takes some extra time, so we recommend limiting this effect to a stenciled feature wall or lovely piece of furniture.

Stencil Supplies you will need:

 

Stencil How-to: Start by stenciling Corsini Damask stencil allover with a stencil brush and craft acrylic paint 

Step1: Mix a little Folk Art Extender into your acrylic paint to provide better paint flow off your stencil brush, as well as a softer, more translucent stenciled "shadow". Load just the tips of a large stencil brush and offload excess paint onto good quality paper towels. Stencil in the open areas of your pattern using a soft, swirling motion with the brush.

Note: Alternatively, you could use a soft gray latex paint and a flocked foam roller to roll the first stenciled layer on the wall. See tips for roller stenciling here.

Stencil How-to: Repeating  allover Corsini Damask stencil from Royal Design Studio 

Step 2: Repeat the stencil pattern with this first color over your project area. All of our allover pattern stencils have built in registration marks which make it easy to maintain perfect alignment with your stencil. The Corsini Damask Stencil uses laser cut stencil lines that correspond to previously stenciled areas as you move the stencil across the wall. Clean your stencil when finished-we recommend using Motsenbackers Lift-Off #5 latex paint remover!

Stencil How-to: Using a sponge roller to roll through a wall stencil for a textured effect 

Step 3: Put some off-white latex paint (we used an old standard, Swiss Coffee) in a roller tray. Completely dampen your sponge roller and us a terry towel to squeeze out ALL excess water. The sponge should be completely wrung out-damp but definitely NOT dripping. Roll the dampened sponge through the paint in the tray and evenly redistribute paint and remove excess on the textured part of the paint tray. Roll gently on contractor's paper to remove even more paint.

Corsini Damask stencil how-to: Use paint and a sponge roller to create a lacy textured effect
 

Step 4: Replace your clean stencil over your original starting point for your stenciling. Keeping the stencil pattern level, shift the stencil on the diagonal (up and to the right) between 1/16" and 1/8". The amount of your lighter background color that you see exposed will end up being the amount of  "shadow" that you will be left with after the next step.  

STENCIL PRO TIP: Practice this first on some scrap paper so that you get the amount of "shift" down. Shift too much and you will be left with a dizzying effect. Shift too little and you won't have a definitive shadow.

Use a VERY LIGHT pressure to roll the paint-loaded sponge roller across the exposed stencil areas. You really just want to allow the weight of the roller itself to do the work for you. If you press too hard, you will risk pushing paint under the stencil and also lose the lacy, open effect of the sponge roller. You are aiming for something similar to the look of powdered sugar that has been sprinkled over a cake! 

Lift the stencil to check your look often. If there are areas that you would like to fill in a little more with sponged paint, go on to Step 5.

Stencil How: Use a sea sponge with stencils to create a textured pattern print 

Step 5: I like to use a regular dampened sea sponge to fill in smaller areas of the stencil with more control. Wet and wring out your sponge well and dab the prickly side into the paint in your paint tray. Offload excess paint as before onto contractor's paper.

How-to Stencil: Sponging paint through a damask stencil pattern for a lacy, textured effect 

Step 6: Dab the paint-loaded sponge lightly here and there when and where you want to create a more even look. Go slowly with this and keep lifting the stencil to see how it looks and where you might need to fill in more. Take care not to fill in TOO much paint, or too evenly, as you will lose the textured effect if you fill in with too much paint. You should be able to move your stencil almost immediately without smearing previously sponged areas if you are offloading your sponge and sponge roller as directed!

How-to stencil: Using the Corsini Damask wall stencil with a sponge painted effect and shadow shift technique for a special stencil finish
 

Final Stencil Finish: The final look of this stenciled finish is very soft and special-yet dramatic and dimensional thanks to the shadow layer. You can do this stencil technique without the shadow layer also, of course, and it can provide a very pretty tone-on-tone effect when done with subtle colors. Alternatively, chose dramatically different colors-like white sponged over black for a more dramatic stenciled effect.

Do you love this stencil-shift or "drop shadow" effect? Be sure to check also out this Stencil How-to featuring a drop shadow technique with our Royal Stencil Creme stencil paints!


13 Comments

Melanie Royals
Melanie Royals

January 22, 2014

Thanks so much for the comment Belle! I hope you get to try it :)

belle
belle

January 21, 2014

I adore this technique! Thank you for sharing, and how to..so lovely!!

Katie from Royal Design Studio
Katie from Royal Design Studio

January 09, 2014

Oi Ana Maria Cerqueira,
Nós enviamos stencils e suprimentos estêncil em todo o mundo! Entre em contato conosco para o seu fim em (619) 934-9062

ana maria cerqueira
ana maria cerqueira

January 07, 2014

adorei mas onde moro e dificil conseguir stencil e alguns materiais.e muito lindo

Melanie Royals
Melanie Royals

July 22, 2013

Maureen, Great to hear that you were able to come up with a stencil technique that worked for you! We would love to see and share pics of your stencil projects! If you like, please send them to projects(at)royaldesignstudio.com.

Melanie Royals
Melanie Royals

July 22, 2013

Shyamali, there is a link to the stencil in the article but here it is again! http://www.royaldesignstudio.com/products/corsini-damask-stencil

Maureen
Maureen

July 22, 2013

Thanks for your advice, I did just that: practiced on a piece of 8’ foamcore. The sponge technique was too subtle with the delicate lettering so I did the dry brush, laying on quite. Bit of acrylic. It turned out spectacularly! I will send of picture of the finished room soon. No one will ever know how much work it was double-stenciling a bathroom in two all over patterns! Big walls=fun, under and over window and doors=stenciling myself, too:)

shyamali
shyamali

July 20, 2013

I am very interested in doing this,but how do i order these stencil designs.

Melanie Royals
Melanie Royals

July 19, 2013

Hi Maureen, the best thing to do would be to paint up some posterboard or canvas in your wall color and experiment with your stencil technique. Sometimes you just have to “play” to get the look that you want and doing samples will give you more confidence and you don’t have to make mistakes on the wall! I am not sure about the sponge technique with the Springtime in Paris stencil as that has very small openings and not sure how the sponge technique would look. Another stencil technique to try is dry brush stippling with acrylic paint. Just pounce straight up and down with a dry brush to get a light dusting of color. Good luck!

Maureen
Maureen

July 18, 2013

Help! I plan to create this look with a wet sea sponge using the Springtime in Paris stencil. I have just finished stenciling an all over damask pattern in your metallic teal paint over a pretty teal/turquoise base color. The damask is a little more contrasty than I had imagined. I want the second stencil to have a lacy/barely there look. I’m having cold feet that this will look too busy. I’ve read about your antiquing/toning glaze concept but I don’t want the colors to look muddy.

pj hoover
pj hoover

June 27, 2013

Just bought a new house with fresh walls, I think this would be a wounderful look in the living room or dinning room….now which M R Stencil do I want to buy?

Melanie Royals
Melanie Royals

May 28, 2013

You SHOULD try it Conor! It’s a super fun stencil technique that has a little extra oomph. Please send us pictures if you do. We love to see you stencil projects! :)

Conor McGuire
Conor McGuire

May 28, 2013

Would love to try this

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