How to Decorate with Wall Stamps

Decorating with wall stamps will be the first post we start with since the blog is called “wallstamps”.  After showing you how to use wall stamps, I’ll also do an article on how to decorate with wall stencils.

Deciding to use wallstamps is a creative decision that you will likely cherish forever.  When you have completed your project you will have a beautiful display of your hard work and vision in real life.

Don’t be surprised if people compliment you on your wall stamping and ask you who did it for you.  There is something so awesome about saying: “I did it!” and if you are the entrepreneur type, you can just tell them that you will be glad to do their too for several hundred dollars….maybe even thousands.

Let’s get something straight right away about wall stamps…this is no little project.  Although in terms of difficulty it is not that hard, the time that it takes and patience to continually do a repetitive task is not for everyone.

Read over the instructions of how to decorate with wall stamps first before you make the decision to commit to putting wall stamps on  your wall.  Only you know your limits.  If you feel that maybe wall stamps aren’t your thing but you still want to do it, hire a friend or paint professional who has a passion for this type of work.

When it comes to adding a painted pattern or design to wall, stenciling may be the first thing that comes to mind. Using wall stamps to decorate a room, however, can actually be faster and easier than working with stencils. Yet, they’re just as versatile as stencils, so you can choose from a variety of design options for your walls. You just have to get the hang of the stamping technique, and you can be adding bold patterns and colorful designs to your walls in no time.

Supplies Needed

  • Stamps (rubber or vinyl or any material you might have made the stamps with!  Remember potato stamps from elementary school?)
  • Paint (acrylic from a craft store or latex paint samples)
  • Mini roller
  • Small Dish or Paint Tray
  • Drop cloth
  • Paper Towels and water (just in case you make a little mistake, this will act like an eraser)

Stamping your walls will require at a minimum most of the supplies listed above.  Of course, you can always do without a drop cloth but it is not recommended so that you can protect your flooring.  Even the most careful and precise person can not guarantee that a floor will not get paint spatter or paint on it.  In addition to that, accidents happen and it better to be prepared and protected rather than have a headache of a mess to clean up later.

Many of these supplies can be found at your local home store, wal-mart or craft store.  Rubber stamps can also be found online.

If you believe that you need a laser guide or straightedge, then add that to your list so that your design will turn out the way you see it in your mind’s eye.

Wall Stamp Technique

Wall stamping is a fantastic project for the new do-it-yourself person out there as it requires little skill to create an identifiable pattern and even slight mistakes are often easily forgiven by the eye when accompanied by an obvious pattern which the stamp itself will provide organically.

The first step is to wash your stamp with dish soap to make sure that any and all processing oils are removed from the stamp before using on your paint and wall. Washing the stamp will allow all of the paint that you use to adhere evenly to the stamp and reduce the risk of having unwanted stamp blemishes. Be sure to thoroughly dry the stamp before using. We recommend cleaning it the night before your large project.

Once you are ready.  Place down your drop cloth and make any necessary grids on the wall with your straightedge.   Pour the paint into the paint tray and cover the roller with paint.  Remember you don’t need a lot of paint in the roller.  Just make sure there is an even amount of paint on the roller by picking up the roller and allowing it to spin as you “load” it up with paint.

Take the painted roller and evenly roll the paint onto your stamp.  Before you begin stamping on your wall, take a piece of scrap paper or cardboard and practice.   Don’t be stingy on paint and realize that this one little step may make or break the professional look of your project.

Once you have developed the proper rolling and pressure application for your project, you are ready to apply the painted stamp to the wall.

Start in the upper right or left of the design and work your way down.   If you start at the bottom, you increase your chances of brushing against the freshly painted stamps and smudging the pattern.   Repeat the pattern you practiced on the cardboard on the wall and continue until your pattern is complete.

Wall Stamp Design

A wall stamp can be used as one single stamp, a line of stamps or by creating a pattern to cover the entire wall.   The variety of ways that wall stamps can be used are diverse and can easily fit to your needs.

If you want to mimic the look of wall paper, stamping all over the wall is what you would likely do with your stamping, whereas creating an accent on a wall might only take one or two larger stamps.

Creating borders on walls on a wall would utilize a laser level or straightedge and can be place on the upper, middle or lower portion of the wall and is dependent on the look you are trying to achieve.

There really is not limit to the amount of patterns, designs and patterns you can create with wall stamps!

Be bold and try something new!

Using Wall Stamps to Create Special Effects

Using specialty paint with wall stamps is a great wall to create special effects on your wall.

Metallic silver and gold paints tend to look really wonderful and give walls a rather eye-catching look.

In a child’s room, glitter paints and glow-in-the dark patterns can create a whimsical environment that encompasses some of their favorite animated characters.

There really are no limits to the multiple ways that you can use wall stamps and we hope this tutorial helps you make some great walls in your home that you will love for years to come!



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