Here is the question I received from a new customer:
Debra-I am ready to commit to faux-bricking my patio.
For doing a patio it seems you suggest using a stencil for uniformity and then using the techniques in your video to make them look more real.
Should I order that stencil kit from Stencil-Ease or can I accomplish doing the patio with your video alone? Help – I.m so nervous about starting this and doing it right.
Using a brick stencil or stencil kit from Stencil-Ease is not necessary for using the brick tutorial. It is however an easy way to draw in your bricks if you are doing a large patio or walkway in faux brick style.
To find more information about Stencil-Ease and their faux brick products click on the picture above.
The Faux Brick Video and Ebook teach using templates that you make yourself. This is easy and very inexpensive. Just to emphasize… the stencils do make it easy to draw out large areas of brick on a patio because the brick is already spaced and lined up correctly. I especially like the herringbone pattern for a brick patio, and their stencils make this a snap.
Many mural painters and designers like to use a stencil for their faux brick designs. Purchased stencils are not of “one” brick, they are a pattern of many bricks. Brick stencils are consistently the same size and offer various patterns. The disadvantages of using a stencil:
- Brick size can’t be altered
- Brick pattern can’t be altered
- It is difficult to use stencils in corners
- Designing an arched opening with stencils is nearly impossible
- Using a stencil to frame a window or door opening is tough to accomplish
If these brick stencils are not the right size for your needs, you might find it easier to make your own “One Brick Stencil”. This can be done easily by using a piece of plastic like a report cover with the insert cutout the same size as the brick template I have included in this package.
This will give you a brick size opening that you would use to base coat your bricks onto the wall. Stencil them in with a roller and paint to make it a quick job. This stencil is also useful for masking off single brick areas when you are using a sponge to texture the brick. I think it’s a little awkward to hold a plastic template and try to paint, and I don’t like using tape around any newly painted areas. Tape tends to pull off fresh paint. What a shame to risk ruining your painting when everything was so perfect. Hmmmm.
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THAT Painter Lady – Debra Conrad