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Inspire yourself with a colorful reminder of the benefits of exercise. Cover an entire wall or choose your favorite words to repeat as a border.
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Download the stencil patterns and have them enlarged 333 percent and printed at a copy shop. Then have the printouts laminated for use as stencils. Trim the laminated stencils to size. Then use a crafts knife or utility knife and a self-healing cutting mat or other firm surface to cut out the letters. A cork-backed ruler will help you cut the straight edges within letters.
Note the bridges in some of the letters that hold the letter centers in place. After stenciling, you can fill in these gaps with a small brush while doing other touch-ups.
Each stencil measures 24-in tall by 30-in wide after trimming. Use the whole stencil or cut along the dashed lines to single out individual words. On the wall where you'll apply the stencils, mark the location at the top where you want to apply the first stencil. Spray adhesive on the back of the stencil, let it dry according to the manufacturer's instructions for making the stencil repositionable, and press the stencil on the wall. Check the stencil with a level and add painter's tape to protect the surrounding wall.
Apply paint to a foam roller and remove the excess on a piece of craft paper or paper towels. Paint one word in the stencil using several light passes with the roller. Avoid pressing down on the roller hard enough to force paint underneath the stencils. Add a second coat as needed. Repeat using a different color for each word in the stencil.
Small foam rollers cost so little, you can afford to save time by having a separate roller on hand for each paint color. If you do, cover unused rollers and trays with plastic wrap to keep the paint from drying while you work.
After the paint dries, remove the stencil and continue with the same stencil or others in the collection. After the final stencil in your first column is complete, draw another mark for the next column and continue stenciling from the top down.
After completing the stencils, you'll likely need to touch up any rough edges with a small brush. If any paint does spread beneath the stencil, allow it to dry and then cover it with the background color for sharp edges around the letters.