How to Stencil: Rustic Stria Stenciled Wall Finish

Learn how to stencil a fast, rustic looking wall treatment using 3 colors of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and an easy roller stencil technique.
The Trinita Damask Stencil we used here is from the Alison Woolley Italian Stencil Collection. It was inspired by a fabric in a dress in an Italian Renaissance painting, so this fabric-like finish seemed to fit it perfectly.
Video Tutorial!
Stencils and Supplies from Royal Design Studio
Trinita Damask Wall Stencil
Chalk Paint® colors: Barcelona Orange, Emperor’s Silk, Burgundy, Arles, Paris Grey & Old White
Nylon Roller, Roller Handle and Tray
Large Paint Brush: We used a Corona, Chinex® Series 5” Brush
Brown contractors paper, low tack painters tape, water
Paint your wall with 2 coats of Arles Chalk Paint®, or a similar color of flat sheen paint.
Mix Old White Chalk Paint® with equal parts of water to create a thin paint “wash”.
Load a large brush with the mix and offload the excess on a piece of contractors paper, newsprint, or paper towels. You will want the brush to leave irregular lines on your surface.
Create a stria finish by dragging your brush vertically down the wall while keeping it at a 90ᵒ angle. Start with a light pressure after you reload the brush each time so that you do not leave a heavy line of paint on the wall.
Continue reloading, offloading and dragging in an up and down motion until you have covered your whole wall area. It is OK if it looks a little uneven at this point. There will naturally be heavier and lighter areas of the stria finish.
Create 2 Custom Chalk Paint® Colors:
5 parts Burgundy + 1part Barcelona Orange
Equal parts of Emperor’s Silk, Barcelona Orange, Arles, Old White
Pour the two custom colors, along with Paris Gray, side by side in a roller tray.
Load your roller carefully and the same way each time, so that each color covers about a third of the roller. Off load the excess paint in a piece of contractors’ paper. Always offload and roll in the same direction to keep the colors from mixing together too much.
Roll the nylon roller trough the stencil using a medium pressure. Roll up and down through the stencil one section of the stencil at a time. Reposition the stencil as you work using the built in registration marks. The Chalk Paint® will dry very quickly so you shouldn’t have to wait to move the stencil.
Check the back of the stencil periodically to make sure that your paint is not seeping under. Also, stop and clean the stencil occasionally to keep the paint from building up too thickly.
When the stenciling is finished go back to your 5” flat brush and add more stria brush strokes of the watered down Old White Chalk Paint® over top of the stenciled pattern to soften the wall finish.
The final stenciled wall finish has a casual, multicolored look that is perfect for more relaxed spaces and interiors. It also has a bit of an ethnic vibe to it, so this stencil treatment translates well with stencils from our Indian and Turkish Stencil Collection.
See how simple it is in the video tutorial above and then read on for all the details.

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