How to Decorate With Wall Stamps

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How to Decorate With Wall Stamps
Decorative stamps can enhance a room's decor. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Turn a plain wall into an eye-catching one by decorating it with wall stamps. Made out of rubber or potatoes, plastic or other materials, wall stamps can provide an inexpensive way to add interest to an empty wall space without investing in costly artwork. Enhance a wall or room in your house by embellishing it with a wall stamp design. Use one or more colours to increase the complexity and style of your stamped pattern to make a statement that's all your own.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Plastic sheeting
  • Plastic containers
  • Paper towels
  • Foam brushes
  • Wide container
  • Water
  • Old toothbrush
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paint extender
  • Old clothing
  • Gloves
  • Hat

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Prepare your work area. Lay down plastic sheeting to cover the floor next to the wall you are decorating. Lay out several plastic containers; paper towels; foam brushes; a wide, shallow container filled with water; and an old toothbrush.

  2. 2

    Set up the wall surface. Dust or wipe down the area you plan to decorate on the wall, using a damp paper towel. Use a ruler and pencil to measure and mark the area where you plan to stamp. Mark where you plan to place each stencil on the wall.

  3. 3

    Pour a small amount of acrylic paint into a plastic container. Add several drops of acrylic paint extender and mix it with a small sponge brush.

  4. 4

    Brush the stamp with one paint colour. The paint should thoroughly cover the surface of the stamp, but should not be dripping wet. Stamp the wall where you have marked, applying a light pressure.

  5. 5

    Blot with paper towels. Lift the stamp off the wall and press firmly into a stack of damp paper towels. Sponge-brush the stamp again and repeat the process on the wall.

  6. 6

    Clean the stamp in between colours. Dip the stamp in a container of water to rinse off any leftover paint. Use an old toothbrush to scrub out paint from the crevices of the stamp. Mix the extender into another paint hue and repeat the stamping process.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear old clothes, gloves and a hat to avoid paint spatter.
  • Create depth in your stamp design by "stamping off" or stamping the design again in the same area of the wall, using the residual paint left on the stamp.
  • Avoid mixing acrylic paints to create a new shade. It can be difficult to remake the same shade twice.

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