Welcome to this Oak Lane Studio fabric stenciling tutorial. In this guide we show you step by step how to stencil your own unique philodendron design. In addition to the white tablecloth for this tutorial you will need:
Rainforest Philodendron Stencil
Repositionable Spray Adhesive
Stencil Brush Long-Handle
Frog Tape Painter's Tape
Americana Fabric Painting Medium
Americana Acrylic Paint
To begin stenciling the philodendron design onto your tablecloth start with a large flat piece of cardboard and Repositionable Spray Adhesive. Spray the surface of the cardboard with Repositionable Spray Adhesive before placing the center of the tablecloth on it. Fold the tablecloth in half both ways to find the center and mark with a small piece of Frog Tape Painters Tape. Smooth out the tablecloth on the cardboard and press it flat to the surface. The Repositionable Spray Adhesive will hold the tablecloth to the surface.
The stencil comes in 3 different overlays with an additional vine stencil design. Start by using Repositionable Spray Adhesive on the back of each stencil overlay. For this tutorial we will be using the vine segments on the philodendron leaf stencil sections. Line up the first vine repeat on the center of the tablecloth then put Frog Tape Painters Tape beneath the triangle registration marks of the stencil design. Mask off any portions of the design close to the vine with Frog Tape Painters Tape. By masking off the surrounding sections you will prevent yourself from painting outside of the design.
Mix Americana Acrylic Paint with half as much Americana Fabric Painting Medium. The two colors of Americana Acrylic Paint used in this tutorial are Hauser Medium Green and Avocado Green. After mixing Fabric Painting Medium into your acrylic paint with your stencil brush, swirl the excess paint onto a piece of paper towel. The bristles of the stencil brush should feel dry to the touch. This will prevent paint bleed beneath the edges off your stencil. Each time you reload your brush with paint swirl the excess paint off the brush until it feels dry to the touch.
Once you swirl a light coat of paint through the stencil vine, prepare the darker Avocado green with Fabric Painting Medium using a fresh, clean stencil brush. Lightly swirl Avocado green over the Hauser green in a random, organic pattern to replicate nature. Finish stenciling this section of the vine and peel the stencil from the surface. Line up a different section of the vine from the other stencil overlay onto the vine. Mask off any portion of the vine that you will not be stenciling.
Swirl the lighter Hauser Medium Green through the stencil with the darker Avocado green on top so that the design of the vine flows together seamlessly. Stencil the vine by slightly overlapping the design and shading the color where each section of the vine meet. Stencil 4 repeats of the vine segments for this project. The vine should look like a single object. For your project you may want to branch the stencil off to replicate the organic growth of a philodendron plant. This is the portion of the design you will stencil the philodendron leaves over.
Each larger philodendron leaf comes in two sections. Place the first repeat over the vine so that it overlaps with the leaf. Use a small piece of tape beneath the registration marks of the stencil. Lightly swirl the prepared Hauser Medium Green through the philodendron leaf before swirling the darker Avocado green on top. Alternate stenciling the lighter green and darker green over the leaf until you get a natural, organic color. Use 2 different stencil brushes for each shade of green. This should take 3-4 light coats of swirling. Once you have full coverage of paint through the leaf, gently peel off the stencil. Make sure to paint the registration marks before lining up the triangles of the other half of the philodendron leaf. Stencil the next half of the design just the same as first half.
Use the smaller philodendron leaves to stencil the end of the vine. Swirl your two shades of green through the stencil so the stems of each leaf overlap the end of the vine. Peel the stencil off the surface once you paint these two leaves. Take the segment of the vine the leaves are being stenciled onto and line it back up over the end of the vine. Lightly swirl the green over the stems so that they are seamless with the vine. You may choose to stencil these smaller leaves in other arrangements on the vine besides next to each other at the end of the vine.
To complete the design, stencil the smallest leaf so that it lines up with the end of the vine but positioned above the final two leaves. Swirl your two shades of greens with different brushes through the design and remove the stencil.