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Make Your Own Stylishly Stenciled Trompe L’Oeil Pillow

2 Materials
$39
30 Minutes
Easy

In this video and written tutorial, DIY expert and A Makers' Studio founder, Amy Howard, is shows you how to create your own Trompe l’Oeil (“to fool the eye”) pillow. This technique creates a pillow that looks like an optical illusion, as the design pops right off the pillow… almost like it’s 3-dimensional!

make your own stylishly stenciled trompe l oeil pillow

Apply your floor tile stencil to the center of your pillow, making sure the main pattern is directly in the middle.

make your own stylishly stenciled trompe l oeil pillow

Apply If The Creek Don’t Rise Gel Art Ink to the stencil with your spreader. Hold down your stencil as you go to ensure it doesn’t move.

make your own stylishly stenciled trompe l oeil pillow

Remove the stencil, wash it, and lay it flat to dry. Let the first round of Gel Art Ink dry fully as well.

make your own stylishly stenciled trompe l oeil pillow

Place the edge of your dry stencil to “marry” it with the pattern you painted on first. Then, repeat Step 1 until stencil has covered the entire pillow. Allow it to dry fully (about 2 hours).

make your own stylishly stenciled trompe l oeil pillow

Add one part Hey Y’all Gel Art Ink to one part water, mixing with your artist brush. Using the artist brush, offload any extra paint and then start to embellish the edges of your stencil design to add detail.

make your own stylishly stenciled trompe l oeil pillow

Once your paint is dry, apply a warm iron to set your Gel Art Ink. This is the best way to ensure the paint sets and will stay on even after washing!

make your own stylishly stenciled trompe l oeil pillow

Place your finished pillow in a favorite chair, on the bed, or styled on the couch!

make your own stylishly stenciled trompe l oeil pillow

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1 question
  • Lindsay
    on Mar 26, 2019

    Are there any other kinds of paint or gel one could use for this project (that may work well for someone with limited resources)? And what fabric was the pillow case, and could this work on most fabrics?

    • A Makers' Studio
      on Mar 27, 2019

      The Gel Art Ink is designed for fabric application like this but you can probably just as easily use other fabric paints. The stencil used here is a patented adhesive mesh design that makes is particularly easy to use on any pillow case like this. Make sure to use a darker and lighter shade to get the 3D effect!

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