Each component is placed separately, one after another, so the asymmetrical design evolves organically. A subtle faux finish, known as strie, is painted over the muted gray and green tones, giving the piece an instant vintage, heirloom quality.
A table painted in a medium tone, such as the gray we used, works best. When stenciling, pat the sponge in a dab of paint, and blot excess on the palette. Then apply paint in thin coats, taking care that it doesn't drip or pool, until the area is covered. If a design requires several colors, use a separate sponge for each. You may opt to adjust a paint's transparency or mix hues.