How To Stencil Simple 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.

See our useful video for more tips on stencilling techniques.