1.23.2013

Moroccan Wall Stencil FAQ

Well, turns out, lots of you want to jazz up your walls... cheaply.  Is there any other way?  haha Seriously, my DIY Moroccan-Style Wall Stencil Tutorial got lots of attention and as a result, I got lots of questions.  So, I figured I'd gather them all together and get the answers all in one place. Here we go. These are the steps that worked for me.
*Keep in mind, I work on a mac and I have Acrobat Professional.

  • How did you get your shape to print out so big?

    • Click here for the shape.
    • Right click on it and Save Image As. Pick a place to save it on your computer.
    • Go to the file you just saved, open it. Go to File, then Print.
    • When the print menu pops up, it should look something like this.
    • In the lower left corner, click PDFSave as PDF. Again, pick a place to save it.
    • Open the PDF you just saved and again, go to File, then Print. Still with me?
    • In this print menu choose Tile All Pages from the Page Scaling drop down. Set your Overlap to at least .25" so some of your design doesn't get cut off in the margins.  And, if it still looks like the shape is printing out small, adjust your Tile Scale (mine is set to 150% here).  The preview on the right shows that the shape is going to print on 4 sheets of paper.
    • Finally, click Print and tape your shape together!
  • How did you get your lines so even?
    • I used a small craft brush with short bristles.  If your bristles are short, no matter how heavy or light your hand is, the bristles won't spread out too much.  This will give you an even line.  If you can't find a brush with short bristles, cut one down to about 1/4". (PS. my lines aren't really that even... haha)
  • What color paint is that?
    • The background beige is "Bonjour Beige" by Glidden from Home Depot.  The lighter beige is the same paint with some white mixed in I think. :)
  • Are your walls textured?
    • Nope... just some light "orange peel". But, lots of you told me you were going to try this on a giant canvas.  Great idea if your walls are too textured.
  • How did you do the corners?
    • I used the paper I printed out and folded it into the corner.  It was easier than folding cardboard.
  • Did you paint on the inside or outside of the pencil line and did it show through?
    • I painted right over the middle of the pencil lines and they did show through a tiny bit. But, I don't think anyone would ever notice.  It's pretty light.
So I hope that helps if you were having trouble.  If I get more questions, I'll be sure to update. Remember, it does not have to be perfect.  The impact here comes from all of the lines meshed together... not each individual line. Let me know if you try it!

5 comments :

  1. Great tip about the paintbrush bristles. I never would have even thought of that!

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  2. my print menu dosent appears like that!!

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  3. my print menu dosent appears like that!!

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  4. Perhaps tracing the pattern with a colored pencil which is similar to the paint you are going to use would work?

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  5. I just did this today! Wow I apsolulty LOVE IT!!! I did this pattern on one wall in my craft room! My wall is a light pastel blue and I painted my lines with a magenta pink! I should have tryed using a color pencil of magenta pink cuz my pencil lines show even with painting 2 coats over them.

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