Two Ways to Use Self-Adhesive Stencil in Art Projects

Hey there crafters and creators! Anjali here from ‘The Letters of an Architect’ and I’m back with a watercolor project for this month featuring the theme for August, “Rainbows”. Today’s take on Rainbows are two stunning pieces of artwork that I made using the same Self-Adhesive stencil and it’s super easy to make, without even having to know how to letter!

These Self-Adhesive stencils can be used in numerous ways including on walls, canvases, wood panels, chalkboards etc. The possibilities are endless. I, however being obsessed with watercolors, wanted to use them with paints.

Here is the list of Supplies used in this project:
Let’s begin with the first artwork;

Start with taping the edges of the Cardstock paper using the 3M Painters tape and then using a flat brush, paint strips of Rainbow colors using the Tropicals and Classics Palettes from Prima Watercolors.

You can choose to blend the strips with each other by letting the colors bleed in, or keep them separated by leaving a thin gap like I did. Now we apply the Stencil. I loved this gold Self-Adhesive stencil with the words ‘Live, laugh, love’, but there are so many others available in-store. To do this, I first removed the sticky backing and placed it over the artwork once it had completely dried. Then peeled off the negative space leaving behind just the gold lettering on the artwork. I retained the removed Stencil for the next artwork.

Finally, I removed the stickers inside the loops of alphabets such as ‘h’ and ‘l’ using a pin. That’s it!

And now for the second artwork,

I painted leaves in a rainbow gradient as the background for the lettering.

I chose to leave out orange and red and used the other colors since they complement the lovely teal blue of the cardstock paper. The leaves were painted using a Princeton Artist Round 12 -Select Brush.

Filling up the page with leaves.


After finishing the background, use the self-adhesive stencil for the lettering.

Stick it on the background and peel off the transparent film on top. I then painted in the gaps using Acrylic paint and a sponge roller. Once the first coat dried, I applied a second coat and after that had also dried, I carefully peeled off the Self-Adhesive stencil.

Finally, I removed the stickers in the loops as earlier, and the next artwork was ready as well! Easy peasy!

This step is optional: You can give a thin gold outline around the lettering using the Gold Paint Marker and if there are any irregularities, correct them using the Uni-Paint Posca White Paint Marker for finishing touches.

And there you have it! You can frame these for home decor pieces, or you can gift them to friends and family.

I really hope you enjoyed reading about this project and would love to see you create something similar. Do share your creations on social media using the hashtags #madewithppsuae and #myppsorder and don’t forget to tag @ppsuae and @thelettersofanarchitect on your post.

Until next time Happy Crafting !!

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