Stenciling 101

 

Supplies
·    Flat brush
·    Stencils
·    Paint
·    Tape and/or adhesive
·    Paper plate
·    Paper towel
 
Tips for Stenciling
1.      Make sure the surface you are working on is clean and free of dirt.
2.      Use the right paint for your project. For example there are paints for glass, metal, fabric and outdoor projects that have built in sealers. In most cases just your regular acrylic paint works great.
3.      Make sure your stencil is secure. The fastest way to ruin a project is when your stencil moves while you are painting.
4.      Remember a dry brush is a better brush. Start out with a little paint. You can always add more later to make the color more intense.
5.      Start from the stencil and work your way inside. Remember to dab and not brush back and forth.
6.      Try not to lift your stencil during your project. If you notice that some paint is going under the stencil then you are using too much paint or you are going back and forth with your brush. Remember this…just dab it!
7.  After your project is dry you may want to seal it especially if it is going to get a lot of use. The only time this may not be necessary is for fabric. Putting it in the dryer for about 10 minutes will heat set your paint.
 
Tips for Cleaning Your Stencil and Brushes
1.      After you are finished stenciling immediately put your stencil the sink and let it soak for a few minutes. Just take a sponge and lightly run it over your stencil being careful to not bend any of the edges. Your paint should come off easily.
2.   Do not soak your brushes in water. Keeping them immersed in water will eventually ruin your brushes. Wet your brush and run it back and forth over a dry paper towel to remove any excess paint. You can use a mild liquid detergent if you need to. Just move it vigorously in a circular motion in the sink and rinse. Keep in mind some colors have a tendency to stain the bristles. Especially red. No big deal. A stained brush means you are using it!