Making your own watercolor wall art is a simple way to add a pop of color and fun to your home decor. It’s also super easy when you use my secret trick – stencils. Learn how to make this pineapple stencil wall art in an afternoon.
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I love pineapples. I love to eat them and to decorate with them. There used to be a pineapple in my blog logo and I think it’s time for it to make a comeback. (Edit: As of 2019, it’s my logo again!) I would blame Williams-Sonoma, but their pineapples are so… posh. And I think that the pineapple aesthetic is colorful and wild and fun.
I received a few stencils from Stencil Revolution and resisted the urge to just paint my whole house with pineapples. I’m not afraid to be crazy or colorful with my home decor and I do think this would make a fun DIY wallpaper. But I also like to change things up often, so art that can move is perfect.
Stencil Revolution is a small family business in Florida. They make laser-cut stencils in hundreds of designs available in multiple sizes. You can find everything from giant wall stencils to tiny tile stencils, wedding signs to farmhouse decor, and holiday themes.
They let me select a few stencils to try out for review.
DIY pineapple stencil art
- pineapple stencil (This one from Stencil Revolution is 8.5×11 inches, but they come in a lot of sizes.)
- washi tape (any will do, but in the photos, you can see this washi tape.)
- watercolor paper
- watercolor pencils and brush
- a small glass of water
- picture frame (optional; I used this 8×10-inch frame.)
I started by taping my stencil on my watercolor paper.
I used washi tape so that it would easily remove without tearing the paper. Then I chose my colors. I wanted to go with something fairly natural, so I picked a light brown, two shades of yellow, and two shades of green.
Starting at the bottom, I lightly colored a row of brown with dry pencils.
Then I switched to the darker yellow and did a few rows, then the lighter yellow a few rows.
I went back and tried to blend the colors to create a sort of ombre effect by coloring the brown lightly over the bottom yellow row. Then I did the same where the two yellows meet.
I repeated the process with the green on the leaves, with the lighter green at the bottom and darker green at the top.
Once I was happy with the coloring, I removed the stencil. These are really durable, so you can clean them and reuse them over and over for multiple projects.
Next, using my watercolor brush dipped in water, I brushed gently over each watercolor section. I blended the space between the sections a little bit but didn’t want to make it too muddy looking.
I let the whole thing dry for a few hours before framing it.
These stencils will work with watercolors, craft paint, house paint, fabric paint, etc. so really, you are only limited by your own creativity.
I’m already planning my next pineapple stencil projects! I’m thinking I need a pineapple tee shirt and some pillowcases for throw pillows.
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