Are you ready to design stencils? You want to achieve great results, whether it’s your first or fiftieth time. You need these essential stenciling tools:
- Stencil brush
- Chalk paint
- Low-tack stencil tape
Step by Step Guide to Stenciling
First, determine the design and size of your project. We can help you with a selection of new designs appropriate for furniture painting, craft, and smaller projects.
Remember that stencils may be cut from different materials such as metal, plastic, and cards. If you have never stenciled before, it is advisable to start small. If you can handle a more significant project, use a bigger format stencil. Large formats are ideal for designing all-over patterns, such as in wallpapers or adding details to different features.
A stencil offers a broader creative scope than a sticker. As such, you can paint it in any color or add a pattern to any surface. What’s more, you can reuse your stencils.
Keep It Static
How do you make sure that your stencil remains in place as you paint? The best tool to secure it is low-tack stencil tape. A spray mount can also work. Stick your stencil graffiti using a few pieces of tape. Hold the stencil with one hand and do not allow it to move even an inch.
Apply the Paint
Depending on the type of surface you have chosen, use the right paint for the artwork.
One tip for you; thicker paints produce the best results.
The problem with thinner paints is that they tend to bleed through the stencil, hence creating blotches. From our experience, we have discovered that chalk paints and acrylic paints give the best coverage.
To apply the paint, use a sponge, stencil brush, soft fabric, or foam roller. Surprisingly, you don’t need much paint. Load the end of the stencil brush with some paint, and start pouring a little onto the surface. Use a dabbing and swirl motion, like a woodpecker, to distribute the paint evenly.
For a smaller project, a stencil brush gives the best outcomes. Its flat end offers precise finishing to any home decor by working at 90 degrees to the stencil. A stencil brush is specifically designed to minimize paint bleeding.
You will also need some towels, paper plates, and scraps of paper to decant the paint and remove excess paint from the stencil brush.
It is essential that you actually choose the right brush, depending on the size of your stencil. Make sure you have a single brush for each color you plan to use.