Prep Work Required:
Wall should be painted with base coat color and completely dry before beginning.
- Frosted acetate/Mylar of .5 thickness or greater
- Wax pencils
- Matt knife
- Matt-cutting board
- Paint rollers, large and small sizes
- Paint trays
- Spray adhesive (general purpose)
- Easy release painter’s tape
- Hairdryer or portable fan
- Two or more colors of paint
Polka Dot Wall Stencil
- Draw circles on acetate with wax pencil. For smaller circles, use a compass. For larger circles, mark the center of the circle with a thumbtack. Then tie a string to the tack and tie a wax pencil tied to the other end of the string to keep the circle even in diameter. (Mistakes can be gently rubbed off the acetate with a dry cloth or paper towel.)
- Cut into acetate over wax pencil circle with a matte knife. Always cut away from your hand, slowly and carefully.
- Apply a thin, but even, coating of spray adhesive to the back of the cut circle stencil. When tacky, test on hidden area to be sure it will grip to wall.
- Affix stencil to wall where desired. Make sure it is firmly attached to avoid bleeding of paint under stencil.
- Using roller, apply thin layer of paint over the stencil, always working from the outside in toward the center of the circle.
- Once paint is somewhat dry and at least tacky to the touch, remove acetate from wall and begin a fresh stencil. (Stencils will need to be disposed of after three or more uses.) Use your own judgment.
- Paint should be completely dry before layering one color over another. Use a hairdryer or fan to speed up the drying process.