National Color Day is observed annually on October 22 to celebrate the effect color has on our lives. At Five Star Painting, our vision is to "Capture your dreams and enhance your lifestyle by adding color to your world!" We love to see the look on our customers' faces when we transform their home into beautiful representations of their style.
If you tuned in to see us on Fox & Friends on Friday, October 21, then you saw us do a super-fun colorful project that you can easily do at home. Click HERE for printable instructions or scroll below.
- Piece of drywall
- Paintbrush or roller
- Primer (white)
- Restickable glue-stick (we used Scotch brand by 3M)
- Tempera craft paint (non-toxic and washable)
- NeverWet by Rust-Oleum
- Painters tape
- Condiment bottles
- Staple gun
1. On a piece of cut drywall, paint the white primer on the board using the paintbrush or roller and allow to dry according to instructions on the can (typically 1 hour). Primer prepares the surface to make the paint adhere better.
2. On the back of the stencil, use the restickable glue-stick around the edges of the detail. Then place the stencil on the board and press firmly around the details to make sure there are no gaps that would allow seepage. Next, seal the outer edges of the stencil with painters tape and use paper + tape to protect the remaining portions of the board from overspray.
3. Following the instructions on the NeverWet by Rust-Oleum can, spray the exposed area of the stencil on the board. The "Step 1" can will require 3-4 coats and five minutes of dry time between coats. Wait 30 minutes, then spray 3-4 coats of "Step 2". Allow the surface to dry completely before removing the stencil and painters tape from the board.
4. Fill a mixture of half paint and half water into the condiment bottles.
5. Blow air into a balloon until it is the size of a cantaloupe. Stick the nozzle of the condiment bottle into the air-filled balloon and squeeze. You want the balloon to be about 1/3 paint & water mixture and 2/3 air. Tie the balloon closed.
6. Using a staple gun, attach the balloons to the board forming an arch above the stenciled area.
7. Step back at least 6 feet, take aim, and throw the darts at the balloons. The splattered paint will adhere to the drywall everywhere except where the NeverWet was applied!
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- If the paint inside the balloons is too thick, the NeverWet will not have a chance to repel the paint. Make sure to use water-downed paint so that the stenciled surface will repel the paint.
- If the balloons are too small, they will be harder to hit with a dart and harder to pop. Be sure to expand the balloon enough so the material is stretched and will allow for easier (and more exciting!) popping.
- Put tarps on the ground if you do not want your surroundings to be exposed to paint splashes.
- Tempera paint washes off most easily immediately after contact.
- For the stencil, we used a poster board and cut out the Fox & Friends logo using an X-Acto knife. For your unique messaging, you should be able to find pre-made stencils at a craft store.
- In place of drywall, you can use an art canvas.
- In place of NeverWet, you can apply non-permanent vinyl stickers. Allow the paint to dry before removing the stickers for the best reveal. Also, the thicker the letters, the better results.