Step 2: Apply the Paint

applying white paint to one of the stamps
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Pour latex (here, it's Benjamin Moore's White Dove) into a small roller tray or onto a disposable plastic plate. Dip the stamp into the paint to load it or use a small artist's brush to cover the foam surface.

Pro Tip:
"For a softer look, lower the contrast of the colors and finishes. If you want more energy, crank up the contrast—semigloss yellow on flat navy, for example."
Brian Carter, decorative painter
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    Tools List

    • craft scissors
      Scissors, to cut the foam material
    • X-Acto knife, to cut out the patterns
    • roller tray
      Small roller tray or plastic plate, to hold the paint
    • artist paintbrush
      Artist's paint brush
    • level
      Level, to create straight guide lines
    • chalk
      Chalk, to draw lines lightly on wall

    Shopping List

    1. Craft foam

    2. White glue

    3. Wood blocks to hold the cut patterns

    4. Paint for both background color and pattern color