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Making Canvas Stencil Art

You don’t need to be an artist to make beautiful artwork when you can make your own one of a kind canvas stencil art. Using a detailed succulent stencil, I made this pretty piece of art for my home.

Canvas stencil art with flowers.

DIY Succulent Wall Art Painting

We are big fans of using stencils to make artwork and have shared a few different ways of using them over the years. Similar to this succulent canvas stencil art, we also shared this DIY Canvas art using a basketweave stencil and this modern painted table runner and even shared this project of using a stencil to update an old retro school chair.

The other thing we absolutely love are succulents, we used this same succulent stencil to make this creative stenciled hoop art but by using different colors and materials, it looks completely different!

diy stencil art on canvas with a pretty succulent stencil

Materials Needed

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Materials needed to make canvas stencil art including a canvas, stencil, paint brushes and paint.

Some Tips Before Starting:

  • Protect your work surface from paint using a sheet of parchment paper. 
  • Don’t overload the stencil brush. Blot excess paint before applying to prevent the paint from seeping under the stencil edges. 
  • Allow paint to fully dry before adding another coat or changing colors.
  • Remove stencil and let dry before reusing. 
  • Gently wash and dry stencils as needed throughout the project to prevent paint from drying on the stencil edges.

How to Make Stencil Art on Canvas

Paint the surface of the canvas in Driftwood and leave it to dry before moving on to the next step.

Painted surface of a canvas square.

Position the floral stencil on to the upper middle left section of the canvas and using a stencil brush, dab the salem blue acrylic paint color over the stencil. Remove then stencil when it’s fully painted. 

Next, position the small floral stencil on to the lower middle section of the canvas. Using a stencil brush, dab the dark plum acrylic paint color over the stencil and then remove.

Dabbing paint over a smaller flower stencil on the canvas.

This time, position the floral stencil on to the lower right section of the canvas. Using a stencil brush, dab the salem blue acrylic paint color over the stencil and remove.

Position the large floral stencil on to the middle right section of the canvas. Hold in place while applying coral blush color using a stencil brush and then remove.

Using a fine tip paint brush, smooth out any seeped edges in the matching color. 

Smoothing out paint on the flower image.

Position the leaf stencil on to the upper right corner just above the stenciled florals. Hold in place while applying festive green metallics color using a smaller sized stencil brush and then remove.

Repeat by adding more foliage to the lower left corner of the painted canvas. 

Positioning the stencil on the bottom left corner of the canvas.

Style and enjoy!

Canvas stencil art with flowers set on a shelf with other decor.
Canvas stencil art with flowers set on a shelf with other decor.

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Making Canvas Stencil Art

Jane and Sonja
Create your own one of a kind art using a detailed stencil and a canvas.
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Materials
  

  • Americana Acrylics in Driftwood, Coral Blush, Salem Blue, Black Plum
  • Dazzling Metallics in Festive Green
  • Americana Decor Succulent Stencil
  • size 8 Stencil Brush and size XX (foam pouncer)
  • Canvas 8”x8”
  • Medium size paint brush

Instructions
 

  • Paint the surface of the canvas in driftwood color.
  • Position the floral stencil on to the upper middle left section of the canvas.
  • Using a stencil brush, dab the salem blue acrylic paint color over the stencil.Remove stencil.
  • Position the small floral stencil on to the lower middle section of the canvas.
  • Using a stencil brush, dab the dark plum acrylic paint color over the stencil.Remove stencil.
  • Position the floral stencil on to the lower right section of the canvas. Using a stencil brush, dab the salem blue acrylic paint color over the stencil. Remove stencil.
  • Position the large floral stencil on to the middle right section of the canvas. Hold in place while applying coral blush color using a stencil brush. Remove stencil.
  • Position the leaf stencil on to the upper right corner just above the stenciled florals. Hold in place while applying festive green metallics color using a smaller sized stencil brush.
  • Repeat by adding more foliage to the lower left corner of the painted canvas.
  • Style and enjoy!
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