Create your own home decor artwork using stencils. I used a zebra stencil from Stencil Revolution to create these Pop Art-inspired canvases.
Thank you to Stencil Revolution for providing me with the Zebra stencil.
Good morning! Today I am sharing this super fun stencil project! I created these zebra-stenciled canvases to decorate a wall in my daughter’s room. It was a pretty large empty space and these zebras fill it up nicely while adding lots of color. This was my first time using a stencil on canvas and I am so pleased with how my zebras turned out!
One of the huge advantages to using a stencil is being able to easily reuse it on all four canvases. I was inspired by Andy Warhol’s Pop Art paintings where he repeated the same images using different colors. I chose to use four different colors, one for each canvas, and then I switched up the colors of each zebra. Since I wanted to create the exact same art on each canvas, I knew a stencil would be a great way to achieve this.
I had been planning on creating these zebra canvases for my daughter’s room for a while but was having trouble figuring out how to make the stencil. Each of my canvases measured 20″ x 20″ so I needed a large stencil. I debated using my Cricut Explore, but since I was using such large canvases, I knew that would require me to piece together a stencil. I also wasn’t too sure if the stencil would hold up to more than one use. This project was at a standstill until Stencil Revolution contacted me to try out one of their stencils. I immediately searched for a zebra stencil and they had one! It was time to finally get started on this project!
I loved working with this stencil. It is made from 10 mil milar and can be used over and over again! It came rolled up, but as soon as I opened the package, it laid perfectly flat. I was able to do all four of these canvases and the stencil is still in great shape. Below is the tutorial for creating these DIY zebra-stenciled art canvases. They look great all together in a Pop Art-inspired composition or even as just one canvas by themselves! I snapped the picture below before hanging all four canvases.
Supplies Needed for DIY Zebra Stenciled Canvas Art:
- Stencil – I used a zebra stencil from Stencil Revolution
- Acrylic Paint
- Purple Zebra: DecoArt Americana Purple Cow for canvas and FolkArt 2929 Perfect Purple for zebra
- Pink Zebra: DecoArt Americana Baby Pink for canvas and FolkArt 2898 Magenta for zebra
- Blue Zebra: DecoArt Americana Baby Blue for canvas, white for zebra
- Orange Zebra: DecoArt Americana Tangerine for canvas, white for zebra
- Paint roller – the FolkArt Paint Roller pictured below on the left worked the best for me
- Painter’s tape
- Small paint brush for touch-ups
Step One: Paint your canvases. I chose four color – pink, purple, orange and blue. The FolkArt Roller worked really well. I did two coats of paint for each canvas, making sure to also paint the sides.
Step Two: Once the canvases were painted, it was time to stencil the zebra! The stencil used was the same size as my canvas, so I lined them up and used painters tape to hold the stencil down. I could have used a light spray adhesive but decided to use what I had on hand.
I used a pouncer to apply the paint. It’s important to apply the paint in several light layers. If you use a ton of paint, it will bleed under the stencil. I found it worked best to dab my pouncer into the paint and then basically try to remove as much of the paint as I could by dabbing it on a paper plate. Then I used it on my canvas. Dab the pouncer in an up-and-down motion, not at an angle.
Below is my third layer of paint, and you can see all of my light layers have built on each other to fill in the stencil.
Once the pink zebra was finished, I moved on to the other colors. I chose to use a darker color paint to fill in the pink and purple canvases. For the blue and orange canvases, I used white paint.
My dark pink and dark purple paint worked much better than my white paint, which bled a little bit. After the canvases were dry, I went in with a small paintbrush and touched up some of the places the white paint had bled.
I’m so happy with how they turned out! It was a little tedious doing the light layers of paint with the pouncer, but I think it was worth it! You can recreate this same Pop Art composition using another stencil from Stencil Revolution – they have so many different stencils, including lots of different animals, and even people stencils, including Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon.
I’m excited to try using stencils in more of my craft projects – especially when I am making duplicates like this one! I have another project started using a Christmas stencil from Stencil Revolution that I can’t wait to finish up!
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