This stencil can be used with common paints or joint compound for raised effects.Our Raised Plaster Acanthus Flourish Stencil sports a very common styling used at the turn of the century in old Victorian Decorating but dates back centuries before!Found in many elements such as corbels, wallpaper, ceiling medallions and even ornate picture frames, the "Acanthus Leaf" was, and still is, a symbol of "elegance". To this day, it is used extensively in carvings on fine furniture, as a fabric pattern and even on more ornate lamps.Used as a repeated border, central frieze on cabinets and furniture or as an all over wall paper design, you will find this stencil design to become one of your favorites! 10 1/2" by 16 1/2" Single StencilRaised designs are EASY with our beautiful stencils! Use common joint compound (also called Wall Mud). It comes pre-mixed for you in a bucket and is available in the paint section of most home and hardware stores and acts just like frosting. Just get some on a small trowel or putty knife and spread evenly over the top of the stencil, lift the stencil and there's the design! It's a cinch and a total ball! Now just let it dry.Either paint the color of your wall as a simple raised design or paint with craft or stencil paints. Joint compound can be pre-tinted if you choose or Color washes can also be done with wall glaze. Stencil is laser cut of 14 mil, heavy mylar and comes with complete instructions and full color photo of the finished design.You're going to LOVE it!Design copyright Victoria Larsen 2014 all rights reserved.