Taking your stenciling to the next level actually quite easy! You can give visual dimension and depth to your wall stencil designs by painting a drop shadow effect. This easy technique (that only LOOKS complicated!) creates a dramatic dimensional effect that makes the stencil pattern appear to “POP” off the wall! Click play and watch the Stencil Basics video below to learn how to paint a drop shadow effect with stencil designs…
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.
As you can see here this technique looks great on deep colored backgrounds with a black shadow and metallic colored stenciling. For a softer look on pastel backgrounds use a soft neutral gray as your shadow color over a medium colored pastel. Then go with a lighter color for your top stencil design. If you do multiple stencil designs or an allover pattern, make sure to shift the stencil in the same direction and same amount each time.
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