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How to Stencil DIY Terracotta Wall Art Tiles

VIDEO Tutorial: How to Stencil DIY Terracotta Wall Art with Royal Design Studio Tile Stencils & Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Terracotta floor tiles are classic staple of interior decor that are enjoying a resurgence as a hot design trend. What if you want to add the look to your home but aren’t ready for a major remodel? Fortunately, aged terracotta is a beautiful natural surface that is very easy to recreate with multiple colors of matte Chalk Paint®. And, when you add an embossed stencil design to the surface first it takes the look to a whole different level!

Click play and watch this DIY stencil tutorial to see how to paint terracotta-inspired wall art on wood panels with Royal Design Studio Tile Stencils.


VIDEO Tutorial: How to Stencil DIY Terracotta Wall Art with Royal Design Studio Tile Stencils & Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Step 1: Spray the back of the stencil with spray adhesive and center it on the wooden panel.

Step 2: Load the trowel with Wood Icing™ using a spatula and lightly trowel a thick, even coat over and through the stencil. Carefully remove the stencil immediately.

Step 3: Clean the stencil right away. To clean the stencil, lay it over a flat, protected surface and remove the excess Wood Icing™ with the trowel. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 with the other tile stencil and wooden panel.

Step 4: Allow both panels to dry completely (overnight) before using a sanding block to smooth down the Wood Icing™. Be sure to wear a dust mask as the sanding will product a lot of dust. Remove sanding dust with a brush and damp rag.

VIDEO Tutorial: How to Stencil DIY Terracotta Wall Art with Royal Design Studio Tile Stencils & Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Step 5: Apply a layer of Coco Chalk Paint® over the entire panels with irregular brushstrokes and a stippling motion.

Step 6: To achieve an aged terracotta look, apply the additional paint colors while the first layer is still wet. All the colors can be mixed directly by picking the paint colors up on your same brush and blending them on heavy paper. Don’t overthink it. Just play with the paint until you get the color balance you want.  Mix some Barcelona Orange Chalk Paint® with Coco Chalk Paint®. Stipple this mix onto the panel and leave some areas with the first layer showing.

Step 7: Mix Primer Red Chalk Paint® and Coco Chalk Paint® and stipple this layer here and there to create a few darker/contrasting areas on the panels.

Step 8: Continue going back and forth between the colors. This creates a random, natural look. Then stipple some Chateau Gray Chalk Paint® randomly onto the panels to add even more contrast.

Step 9: Mix in some Arles Chalk Paint® and apply soft highlights on the raised areas and edges of the panels with a dry brush. Do the same with Country Gray Chalk Paint®.

Step 10: Allow to dry and don’t worry! The paint colors darken and the highlights soften once dry. If you would like more highlight,s you can go back over the panels and dry brush on some of the lighter mixed colors.

VIDEO Tutorial: How to Stencil DIY Terracotta Wall Art with Royal Design Studio Tile Stencils & Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

These DIY terracotta tiles would look beautiful at a statement piece or even as a kitchen backsplash, don’t you think? Let us know in the comments where you would love to place these in your own home! Looking for more Stencil Techniques like this? Check out these other stencil ideas and tutorials:

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    Aleyda lizcano
  • Hi Patrianne! The first troweling you see is applying the Wood Icing on the first wood panel with the Florence Tile Stencil. The second troweling is applying the Wood Icing on the second wood panel with the Sicilia Tile Stencil. You must lift off the stencil immediately after applying because the Wood Icing dries fast. The third troweling is removing the Wood Icing from the stencil design itself (cleaning it). The video captions/subtitles describe what is being shown. Hope that helps!

    Royal Design Studio
  • The beginning of your video is a bit confusing.. I see you troweling the “wood icing” onto the stencil, and it lifts up in what appears to be a sticky mess; then you trowel another stencil,lift it, and it comes away cleanly. Then you show another stencil being troweled! What is the meaning of these three? Are you trying to show how not to do it first? Why are there three troweled?

    Patrianne Boucha

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