First things first, let's look at the newly painted wall that was ruined:
After: The boats I painted over the writing
So how did I get from The Shit to The Rainbows?
Find a photo of what you would like to paint from the internet. I searched sailboats & chose the style and size I wanted. I kept it simple & stylized so that I could cover the writing quickly & easily. Print it & cut it out.
Hold up the homemade stencil & trace out the drawing in pencil to hide the writing or position wherever you want if you're not covering damage.
Fill in the boats with pencil before painting them. This is a different way to prime them for painting.
I repeated the first 3 steps with more boats that were smaller & designed a little differently.
Paint the boats white to prime them some more.
After the white paint has dried, paint the drawings whatever colour you want & add details. I'm still debating about adding my sons' names to the boats!