A How to Stencil Guide for Rainforest Mural – Oak Lane Studio

A How to Stencil Guide for Rainforest Mural

by Leslie Ann Powers


  • One quart each of the following flat latex paint colors: white, light brown, medium brown, dark brown, green, and pale blue.
  • Foam roller
  • Bowl
  • Paper towels
  • Practice paper
  • Natural sea sponges
  • Cookie sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Masking tape, brown tape and blue painters tape
  • Chalk line or laser level
  • White chalk (for marking vines)
  • Repositionable Spray Adhesive
  • Stencil brushes: 1 ES600 and 1 double- ended T168
  • One jar each of the following Americana® Acrylic paint colors: 
    MDA02001 Titanium White MDA02051 Leaf Green MDA02129 True Red
    MDA02002 White Wash MDA02052 Avocado MDA02133 Hauser Dark Green
    MDA02008 Yellow Ochre MDA02061 Sable Brown MDA02152 Shale Green
    MDA02010 Cadmium Yellow MDA02063 Burnt Sienna MDA02163 Honey Brown
    MDA02011 Lemon Yellow MDA02064 Burnt Umber MDA02165 Napa Red
    MDA02013 Pumpkin MDA02067 Black MDA02171 Driftwood
    MDA02031 Baby Pink MDA02068 Slate Grey MDA02188 French Mocha
    MDA02034 Lavender MDA02094 Mississippi Mud MDA02192 Pink Chiffon
    MDA02036 True Blue MDA02208 Celery Green MDA02199 Primary Red
    MDA02201 Primary Yellow  

rainforest mural

The rainforest mural shown here was painted on a section of a wall that measured six feet high by eight feet wide. The sponge painted background and mural elements can be adjusted to fit any size wall both indoors or outdoors. I encourage you to be creative and adapt this rainforest scene to fit the room or wall you would like to paint. More or less of each stencil can be added and any variety of colors can be used to make your scene unique. Fifteen stencil patterns were used to complete the mural shown. A 16th pattern, D-623 Parrot, was added to the collection after the mural was completed. This Parrot can be used anywhere on any branch, vine, leaf or resting on the bamboo. The background was done using latex paint, natural sea sponges and painters tape. The enclosed, step-by-step instructions will let you create an enchanting scene (just like ours) or get you started toward making your own rainforest scene. Good luck, have fun and happy stenciling.

Leslie Ann Powers.

1. Have your local paint store match the browns, green and pale blue colors shown in photo. Designer used light brown, medium brown, dark brown, white and pale blue. One quart each of flat latex paint is recommended.
2. Mural can be expanded or reduced to fit almost any size wall.
3. Stencils with larger cut-outs (Trees, Grasses, Palm, Philodendron 1 & 2) may be easier to paint with flat latex or acrylic paint using a foam roller or a natural sea sponge. However, we suggest using Spill Proof® paint for the more detailed, multi-colored patterns.