With stencil in hand, it's time to think color. We recommend keeping your overall palette subdued and unified, with perhaps a single high-pop color on a small detail.
Step 1: Establish the Horizontal Center of Your Wall
Step 2: Adhere Stencil with Painter's Tape or Spray Adhesive
Step 3: Apply the Paint
Step 4: Repeat the Painting Process
Mark with a pencil right below the ceiling. Center your stencil under this mark. Use a level to make sure it's exactly even.
Place additional pieces of tape on the wall under your registration holes. By painting the holes onto the tape, you'll have removable registration marks for the stencil's next positioning.
Dip your brush into your well-mixed paint, then dab the brush on a dry paper towel to remove most of the paint (you don't need a lot of paint to cover the surface). Making sure your stencil is flat to the wall, tap—
don't brush—the paint with the flat end of the brush over the cut-out ("black") spaces of the stencil until the pattern is evenly applied.
If you are painting a second color, wait a few moments to let the first color dry (by using a "tapping" method, your coat is thin and drying time is short), then apply the second color to the appropriate "black" spaces.
When painting is done, wait a few moments, then remove the stencil. Immediately adhere it next to the first transfer, using the registration marks to align it correctly. Continue this process to the wall's end, then return to the center and repeat the process in the other direction.
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