Confetti Leaf Peacock Feathers Stencil Wall Art
Tiny pieces of metal leaf called Tamise Flakes are scattered through delicate peacock feather vinyl stencils to create a one-of-a-kind look that is easily adapted with different stencil patterns and background colors.
- Modello Pronto! Peacock Feathers (Dimensions)
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- Lusterstone: Tequila Sunrise, Mandarin Red, Ebony Frost
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- Composition Gold Leaf
- Composition Variegated Leaf: Red and Blue
- Liberon Wax: Neutral
- Venetian Trowel
- Japan Scrapers
- Foam Brush
Basecoat: Leather Red Aquabond
Step 1: Use a Venetian trowel to trowel on a skim coat of Tequila Sunrise Lusterstone over the Leather Red base coat. It is OK (and preferable) to leave about 10% open areas of red showing through in irregular patches. Keep the trowel fairly “flat” (low angle to the surface) and alter the direction of your strokes. Let dry.
Step 2: Thin Mandarin Red Lusterstone 10-15% with Aquacreme. This will make the Lusterstone more translucent. Trowel on a tight, 100% skim coat over the Tequila Sunrise base. “Tight” means that you will raise the leading edge of your trowel slightly and use more pressure, so that the base color and texture will be more pronounced. Let dry.
Step 3: Apply the Modello® patterns in a random pattern on the surface according to the basic installation instructions. Add 1” blue painters tape around the edges of the Modello® patterns to protect the background from material seepage.
Step 4: Use a Japan Scraper to apply a thin layer of Ebony Frost Lusterstone through the Modello Patterns. This should not be a heavy (thick) application of material. Just build up the Lusterstone flush with the thickness of the Modello® pattern. You will want to be able to see where your pattern is on the next steps!
Step 5: Use a foam brush to apply a thin, even coat of Wundasize (or any quick-drying water-based size for leaf). To ensure 100% coverage brush first vertically and then horizontally. Allow the size to dry and “come to tack”, usually 15-20 minutes.
Step 6: Remove a sheet of Red Variegated Leaf from the protective tissue. Fold it up in your fingers by squishing the corners together from the center. Either apply in small “chunks” by dabbing lightly over the surface with the leaf in hand or by pulling off small pieces and hand placing them randomly throughout the design.
Step 7: Repeat this step using the Blue Variegated Leaf in the same manner. Note that the Red leaf has a copper base and the Blue leaf has a gold base. This provides more variety of color.
Step 8: Repeat again, now with composition Gold Leaf. If preferred, you could substitute Copper Leaf at this step. This idea is to have the various leaf colors scattered throughout the design, leaving open areas that show through to the black Lusterstone. You can expect to use a minimum of one sheet of each type of leaf for each Peacock Feather motif.
Step 9: If desired, you can fill in some of the open, black areas with gold or copper Rub n Buff, or a similar type of metallic wax. Rub n Buff is a petroleum-based medium, so wear protective gloves.
Step 10: To protect and seal the leaf on the designs, use cheesecloth to apply a thin layer of Liberon wax over the design areas before removing the Modello® patterns, again wearing protective gloves. Let dry.
Step 11: You can remove the Modello patterns as soon as the wax is dry. Use a “weeding” or pick tool to carefully lift the edges of the pattern that remain in the middle of the design.