stenciling instructions

The Stencil Painting Starts Here and Now!

Well, if you’ve followed all the links then you should be ready for some stencil painting. Did you? (If not go back to How to Stencil.) Great! It’s the second-best part - the first being admiring your work when it’s all done of course.

(Pssst! After following along don't miss the video below.)

Alright, let’s get to it. And just in case you need a Printable Stencil, here's one for you.

Pour paint onto your palette. Dab the tips of your brush in the paint and then work the paint into the brush by dipping it firmly. With a circular motion, dab the brush several times on a paper towel or piece of paper to get out any excess paint. It’s important to have a brush that is on the dry side in order to keep paint from seeping under the stencil and smearing or running if you are working on a vertical project. If paint is seeping under the stencil or you are not getting clean edges than you are using too much paint. This will most likely happen to some degree anyway so be prepared to do some touching up. Resist the temptation to load the brush up with paint so that you don’t have to do a second coat. More color is achieved by repeated coverage, not by using more paint. When your brush is properly loaded, an even powdering of paint is left when blotted on the paper towel.

Apply the paint to the stencil openings (islands) using a downward or dabbing motion over the edges of the stencil so as not to push paint under the stencil. If you use a back and forth brushing motion, the brush will push paint under the stencil and cause smearing. Apply paint with this dabbing and blotting motion in all the cut out areas of your stencil overlay. Start at the edges of each opening and work your way to the center.

Allow to dry and apply additional coats of paint, if necessary. Allow paint to thoroughly dry between coats. When you are satisfied with the color achieved and the paint is dry, then carefully remove the stencil and do any touching up that needs to be done.

If you are using a Multiple Overlay Stencil please read the section below before removing the stencil.

Multiple Overlay Stencils

Do you need to know more about Stencil Patterns (Single vs. Multiple Overlay)?

Let’s assume that the instructions above were referring to your first overlay of a Multiple Overlay Stencil. Before you remove the stencil, did you mark your registration holes so that you can line up your next overlay? If not, do it now. OK – the paint is dry, you have removed the first overlay and did any touching up that had to be done.

When all the paint for overlay #1 is thoroughly dry, put overlay #2 in place and line up with the registration marks. When the overlay is lined up, tape and apply paint.

Continue in this same manner with each overlay until you have a completed picture. Don’t forget to eliminate the registration marks.

Well, that’s it! Now it’s time to sit back and admire. Ahhhhhhhhhhh!

It sure seems like the stencil painting went by quickly and smoothly, right? Well, that’s what all the preparation and planning was for – to insure your success.

I hope you had a great time painting stencils with us! Now you should be looking around for your next project. No problem - just go back to Stenciling and check out the many ideas we have mapped out for you!

Happy Stenciling!