I just love the way Tammi Latham, owner of Matilda Jane Originals found such creative uses for this leopard stencil from the Stencil Library!
I had a zillion questions for Tammi about how she did this room, and she was very happy to provide some answers. Tammi reports that she used contrasting shades of brown for the background…one darker, one lighter…almost tan color. Starting in the center of the room, she painted vertically, alternating colors to simulate the background of the fur…not making it too “stripey”, but blending softly between colors. Each section of color is approximately 1 foot wide. She let this base dry completely before using the very large, leopard print stencil. Using stencil adhesive to adhere the stencil to the wall, and armed with a large, 5″ stencil brush, she stenciled over the blended base “stripes”. Tammi varied the depth of color on the spots, so there would be light and dark areas. For this bathroom, Tammi started the leopard print in the corner and worked around the room. Lastly, the bottom portion of the walls were painted with a metallic bronze and a hand painted “fur” border was added.
For another job, Tammi used the same leopard stencil for a background to display her clients’ photos in a hallway. Here, she started on the left side with her stenciling process. She hand painted a faux bamboo frame.
Great job, Tammi! My eyes would surely be crossed at the end of a day of stenciling all of these spots!