How to Paint a Mandala Canvas with One Huge StencilLet me tell you all about my canvas so you can create one too. I only used one large stencil in three different ways to create an interesting piece of wall art for our bathroom.
What You Need
- Large art canvas – mine is 24″ x 36″ (61cm x 91cm) – shop here
- Large mandala stencil – mine is the Paradise Mandala in size 20″ – shop here
- Paint – I used Jo Sonja’s acrylics – in shades of navy and plum pink – shop here
- Sponge – shop here
- Paint palette – mine is just a kids’ plastic paint tray like this one
- Painters Masking Tape – shop here
What To DoSet yourself up on a large table with a drop cloth to protect the surface. You will need all of your paints, a paint tray and sponge along with your canvas. Think about where you want to paint your stencil. Do you want the entire stencil or just a section of it? The stencils from Stencil Revolution are reusable and can be cleaned although I didn’t clean mine between sessions. My canvas was painted over a couple of days in three sessions to let each one dry between painting. I started with the full-size mandala in two shades of plum pink. Position your stencil where you want it, then tape the edges with painters tape. This will come off easily later without lifting the surface or the paint, but will hold your stencil in place while you work. I started with my darker shade of pink in the centre area of the mandala. Dip your sponge in the paint then dab it into another section of your paint tray to take most of the paint back off. Excess paint will bleed under the edges of the stencil so you want less paint rather than more. You can go over an area more than once to build up the colour but you can’t easily remove paint that has seeped under the edge. Dab gently over your stencil to lay down the paint working from the centre in circles around your mandala design. As I got about a third of the way from the centre, I added some of the lighter pink to my sponge to create a mixture of the two colours. As I got to the outer edge, I switched to just the lighter colour. This created a gradual change in the colour throughout the mandala. Once you’ve filled your stencil and you’re happy with the amount of paint, let it dry for half an hour or so before you gently remove the stencil. Allow the canvas to dry completely – overnight if possible – before you reposition your stencil and paint the next section. I painted a smaller corner section in lighter pink. This time I positioned my stencil hanging off the edge of the canvas and taped it into place securely. I also used painters tape to cover some of the outer dots for the second mandala. Depending on your stencil, you could easily tape sections off and create a different looking mandala by having those areas unpainted. The painters’ tape is great for this because it is easy to tear or cut into the size you need. Again paint by dabbing the colours and be careful not to load the sponge with too much paint. I again worked from a darker colour in the middle to lighter at the edge of this corner. Later I painted a blue/ purple mandala as well. These colours match the towels in our main bathroom. I positioned this one hanging off another corner to create balance. None of my three images overlap, but you could certainly overlap them. Just make sure the first image is completely dry before you try to paint the second image on top so that the stencil doesn’t smudge the first one.
My Top Tips
- Tape stencil securely to avoid movement while painting.
- Work with less paint rather than more to avoid bleeding under the edges of the stencil.
- Let the paint dry a little before removing the stencil to avoid smudging.
- Allow paint to dry completely before reusing the stencil on another area of the canvas.
- Use painters tape to mask sections of the stencil that you don’t want to paint. This can make the same stencil look a little different.