Cutting Edge Stencils offers the best stencils for DIY decor. CES is a collaborative expression between long time professional decorative artists Janna Makaeva and Greg Swisher. Together, Janna and Greg ran the New York area's leading decorative painting company, Spec Fin (Specialty Finishes) and completed hundreds of high profile projects for the area's top designers. Lovers of the arts and all things beautiful, Janna and Greg have a common goal: To empower the artist in all of us, to teach and to share their wealth of experiences and to inspire you to "Go For It"!
Looking for a great do-it-yourself way to add interest and color to your home? Thinking about painting a statement wall? Consider stenciling—with elegant designs and easy to use stencils, your paint project just got easier. In this lesson, Cutting Edge Stencils demonstrates how to use an interlocking stencil to update a wall. Learn how to align stencils, make sure your design is level, and how to use the registration to ensure correct spacing. Beautiful just got easy.
Wall art is expensive, but stenciling is a great way to make a statement wall that won’t break the bank! In this lesson from Cutting Edge Stencils learn about the necessary tools (a stencil, foam roller, brushes, paint, tape, and paper towels), and the proper techniques to achieve an evenly colored stenciled wall. Finally, learn helpful tips like how to remove paint if you accidentally roll off the edge stencil, and how to continue your stenciled design around corners.
Create a whole world on a wall in your own home! This lesson from Cutting Edge Stencils teaches you all the tricks to painting a realistic landscape mural with stencils. Learn where to position your mural on the wall, how to layer colors to create tonal stripes that suggest a horizon, and how to use a round brush to add light, wispy clouds. The lesson also includes tips to help your paint blend more easily and dry less quickly.
You can't make an omelet without cracking a few eggs, nor can you create great art without making a little mess! Cope with that mess with these tips and tricks from Cutting Edge Stencils for properly cleaning, drying, and storing your stencils and paint brushes. Learn when it's time to clean your stencil, and how to wash it clean without damaging or entangling delicate edges. Be sure to use a mesh strainer to keep your paint from going down the drain, which will rescue your plumbing and the environment!
Learn how to stencil an accent wall, the latest craze in home decorating! In this lesson from Cutting Edge Stencils, see how you can use stencils to paint a geometric or other repeating design that covers an entire wall. Learn how to use a stencil level to line up your stencil, apply the right amount of pressure with your roller, and how to use tape to get clean edges when painting to the floor, ceiling, and corners.
Create designer wallpaper without designer prices! This lesson from Cutting Edge Stencils teaches you how to use stencils, paint, tape, and rollers to make easy but original and elegant wallpaper patterns. Learn how to eyeball your stencil placement, layer multiple stencils, and decorate your wall without trouble or mess. This lesson also covers bending stencils around floors and ceilings to get a natural wallpaper look.
Want to add a little spice to your kitchen wallpaper? Use a stencil to paint a border running above your counters and appliances! This lesson from Cutting Edge Stencils teaches you to tape your stencil in place, apply your paint evenly with a roller, and remove your stencil without smearing or bleeding your paint. This simple technique for stenciling a border can add an simple but classy accent to any room.
You're stenciling a damask or all-over stenciling project, but how you do approach stenciling those tricky corners? This lesson from Cutting Edge Stencils walks you through stenciling corners using a roller and stencil brush. Learn how taking the corner one wall at a time, then filling in the overlapping area with a brush, can give you clean, sharp corners.