Contact Paper Stenciling {Chevron Pattern}

I have been seeing Chevron patterns everywhere and I think that they are SO cute! So I always click on the tutorial and 9 times out of 10 it was done with either a Silhouette or a bunch of tapping that would majorly mess with my OCD.
Don’t have a Silhouette (would love to have one though, just sayin’) and tape is too much work, I will be honest, I just don’t have the attention span.
Or we can blame it on that little toddler I have that does not stop moving long enough for me to give enough attention to taping… sure, let’s go with that. ;)
But anyways,  I found something that is way easier, at least for me, and I thought I would share.
Now, keep in mind, this particular project is a work in progress- a “Part One” if you will- I just wanted to share the method in it’s own post.
What do you think?
Click “Read More” to find out how I did it!

Materials:
  • Contact paper
  • Paint in the color of your choice
  • White paint
  • Scissors
First, you paint the surface, in my case 12 x 12 canvases that I got at the craft store via my Dad’s graduation present to me (thanks Dad!). I picked a turquoise color and then lightened it with white paint for the bottom layer. 
While that dries, I made my template. First you cut a strip of your contact paper that was 3 rows of squares wide. You can draw your pattern on, but I just did it for the picture to help explain, it was easy to follow with out any lines. But basically, you just cut from corner to corner in the little squares back and forth, all the way across. The great thing about this is that you can  use the squares to make the pattern as big as you would like for your project. 
After you cut them all (for my 12 x 12 canvases I need 6 each), remove the backing and place them on the canvases. 
Now you are ready to paint, a little tip is to start painting on the contact paper and move the brush off and onto the canvas. So to paint each row, you brush up from the bottom strip of contact paper and then down from the top strip of contact paper. Then- softly- smooth out the strokes over both. This way you minimize the amount of paint that goes underneath the contact paper. 
After it dries you pull off all the pieces of contact paper and you have this!!
Can’t wait to show you Part Two!!

One Response to Contact Paper Stenciling {Chevron Pattern}

  1. How clever to use contact paper! Now waiting for ur part two..