3 Steps

3 Simple Step Stencilling Instructions

To increase your stencilling enjoyment, we suggest you follow some basic tips to achieve that professional finish.

Step 1
Position Stencil onto surface using repositionable spray adhesive and/or low tack masking tape. For walls or furniture, a matt base coat gives the best results.

Step 2
If using acrylic paints, use a piece of damp synthetic sponge as a palette to keep the paint workable. Dab the brush into the sponge and wipe off the excess paint onto an absorbent surface, such as lining paper: It is important to keep the brush as dry as possible. The same principle applies when using one of our decorative foam rollers.

If using oil stiks, then rub the stick onto a clean surface, such as a plate or a piece of stencil material, and then work the paint into the bristles using a circular motion.

Step 3
Keeping the brush at right angles to the surface, apply the paint onto the surface using a light circular motion. Make sure that the paint covers the edges (or bridges) of the stencils.

Ideally, the surface of the stencil itself should have a light covering of the colour used. This will give the stencil a bold outline. To apply a second colour, simply repeat the process using another brush. If using a roller the process is similar and it's important to only use a light covering of paint, which can then be built up if necessary.

Overlapping colours can produce interesting shading .

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Paint Tips

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We sell two types of stencil paint, a water based acrylic or an oil based Paint Stik, which is solid. We would not recommend mixing between the two on one stencil or even in one room, unless the application surfaces are different. We have a wide selection of colours in both ranges, which would suit most needs. Generally no more than 3 colours plus a possible highlighter are needed for each stencil design.

Water Based Acrylic Paints
Our range of 59ml Crafters Acrylic is a versatile, water based paint suitable for general arts and crafts, stencilling, ceramics, school projects, home decorating and decorative painting. Ideal for use with stencil brush, roller or airbrush alike. These paint are high in pigment and designed to apply extremely smoothly, evenly covering in 1-2 coats. Rollers and brushes can be cleaned with water.

Paint Stik Colours
This is a solid form of oil based paint, easy to use because it is dry. It is applied with a brush, but instead of a pot of paint you have a dry stick, which needs to be rubbed onto a surface, such as a plate or the side of the stencil, to be used as a palette from which to pick up the paint on a brush. This makes the risk of spilling paint that much less and people generally find it useful if they know a project is going to take them longer than one sitting. Some people find it easy to use, as it is hard to overload the brush with this method. We are frequently asked for the best colours to use. We can only stress that the actual colours required will depend on the basic colours in the room and on the walls, the stencil design being used and the desired effect to be created.

Brush Selection and Tips
We offer two different sorts of stencil brush, as well as foam rollers suitable for decorative stencilling; each come in various sizes for your convenience. We would suggest 1 brush or roller foam for each colour. To begin when using a stencil brush, load the brush, starting gently and working the paint up the bristles then wipe off the excess. With the paint loaded up the bristles, start stencilling by pressing lightly to apply the paint and increase the pressure to intensify the colour, for example in the centre of a flower. As you work your way along the wall, the shading will naturally follow a pattern. Do not worry if it is not precise as this gives a better overall effect in any case. When using a roller to apply the acrylic paint it's important not to load too much paint onto the roller.

Repositionable Adhesive
Applying the stencil to the wall - To paint a clear outline of your stencil design you need to fix the stencil to the surface. For a professional finish it's important to use a spray adhesive so all the bridges on the stencil are stuck to the surface. This prevents any paint going under the stencil and enables the full effect of the design to be seen. Simply spray a light amount of repositionable adhesive on the back of the stencil, it should feel slightly tacky. You can remount the stencil to the surface several times without applying more stencil spray adhesive.

Alternatively, you can use low tack masking tape although this is not as effective as although it holds the edges it does not hold the bridges in the middle of the stencil.