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DIY Starbust ‘Wallpaper’ from Stamp Stencil Paint

by Grace Bonney

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Over the years we’ve had the honor of working with thousands of amazing crafters, artists and makers. It’s a joy to work with them all, but there are always a few that stand out in my mind- and Anna Joyce is one of them. Anna is a designer and teacher and the pure joy she feels about creating things by hand is infectious. She’s shared fantastic DIY posts with us and shared her personal business story, but today I’m thrilled to share an even better update: her very first book!

Anna’s first book, Stamp Stencil Paint comes out on September 8th and it is chock-full of beautiful- and easy- ways to stamp, stencil and paint on just about any surface you can think of, from walls and fabric to ceramics, furniture and paper.

I received my copy in the mail yesterday and spent most of the night flipping through the pages and marking which projects I want to try during our summer break. Every project, even the more involved ones, feels approachable, friendly and doable. There’s not a single “there’s no way I’m going to do that” project in the book and each one feels like an invitation to get your friends and family involved in a fun way. That’s honestly what struck me so much about this book- that it feels like a great way to work together with the people you love to create a home that speaks to you. From DIY Wallpaper ideas (which we’re sharing here today) and make-it-yourself kitchen aprons to modern geometric pillows you can create while you watch a movie any weekend, Stamp Stencil Paint feels fun, practical and like a classic I will reference for years to come. The book comes with stencils and patterns in the back to replicate each project precisely, but I came away most inspired to use these ideas and tweak them a bit on my own to try custom versions of each project. It’s been a long time since I wanted to craft anything other than a good sandwich (this winter/spring’s home renovation projects wore me out), so that says a lot about this book’s content.

I’m so thrilled Anna is sharing my favorite project from the book with us today, DIY Starburst Stencil Wall Prints. I love the dark brown paint she used and it makes me want to break out the stencil paper and redo our living room right now using a deep copper paint. Until then, you can try the project after the jump, but you can also pre-order Anna’s beautiful book online right here. Books start shipping (and will be in book stores across the country) on September 8th! xo, grace

Excerpted from Anna Joyce’s Stamp Stencil Paint. Copyright 2015 Abrams | STC Craft | A Melanie Falick Book

This simple allover pattern adds a huge dose of personality to any space. I chose to print my starbursts in a dark chocolate brown for a bold, sophisticated result, but You could easily change the color scheme to suit your taste.

Note: If you are filling an entire wall with pattern, consider this a weekend project. Two small 2-oz (59 ml) containers of inexpensive all-surface acrylic paint is a generous amount for an 8′ x 8′ (2.4 x 2.4 m) wall. You will also need extra daubers, perhaps 3 or 4. If you plan to paint your base wall before adding the pattern, use standard latex paint in an eggshell or satin finish; purchase enough for two coats.

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-All-surface acrylic paint in the color of your choice (I used 2 jars of Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint in Vanilla Bean)
-3⁄4″ (1.9 cm) foam dauber (one or more depending on how large a space you are covering) Repositionable adhesive spray
-Drop cloth
-Stencil kit* (see below for full list)
-Starbust template (download here)


Prepare to print

1. If you are not painting your walls, wash them well with a soft rag and gentle all-purpose clean- er and allow to dry before you begin stenciling. If you want to paint the walls a different base color, follow standard procedures to prime and paint.

2. If necessary, place a drop cloth on the floor to catch any spills, unless you used one to paint your walls and it is still in place.

3. Use the tools in your Stencil Kit and the techniques outlined on page 60 to transfer the design to your stencil film and make the stencil.

Add the pattern

4. Spray the back of the stencil with repositionable adhesive spray. Place the stencil on the upper left hand corner of the wall and press in place so it lies flat, paying close attention to the center points of the design. This is where it is most likely to lift away from the wall.

5. Load a small amount of paint onto your dauber and stipple a thin layer of paint through the stencil until it is opaque. Allow to dry slightly and then apply a second coat if necessary. After the paint is dry, peel the stencil from the wall and wipe away any excess paint.

6. Place the stencil 6″ to 8″ (15.2 to 21.6 cm) from the first print, repeating steps 4 and 5 as you move across the entire wall (or walls). After every few prints, take a few steps back from the wall and examine your work to see if you need to tweak the pattern. I suggest a freeform approach instead of printing this stencil in orderly rows. Try changing the orientation of the stencil by 45° for each new print.

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Complete the project

7. Apply more adhesive spray to the stencil as needed so it makes firm contact with the wall. When you reach the floor, ceiling, or edge of the wall, turn the stencil so you get it as close to the edge as possible. Continue printing until you have covered the desired area on the wall (or walls) with pattern.

8. If needed, use the small paintbrush to touch up the edges of the stencil prints.

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*Stencil Kit:

Stenciling kit: Each set of project instructions (for this book) includes a list of specific supplies, but there are a number of basic items that you will need for practically every stenciling project. Arrange them nearby when you begin working; organization at the begin- ning of a project frees you to focus your energies on the creative process.

Canvas drop cloth
utility knife with extra blades
Self-healing cutting mat
Sharp pencil and fine-point permanent marker
Ruler and/or yardstick
Plastic or paper cups for mixing ink
Plastic spoons
Acrylic artist palette
Artist transfer paper
Artist tape
Scrap paper
Cotton balls and/or swabs
1⁄4-inch (6 mm) fine-tipped paintbrushes for touch-ups

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