Stenciling . . . the
easy way to decorate with paint!
Always practice your design on paper first. You will need the following
-Stencil Brushes, (one for each color you plan to use)
-Paints in your choice of colors
-Painters tape or spray adhesive
Choosing Your Paint
At the Magic Mural factory, we believe the medium with which you
stencil depends upon the paint that is already on your wall or surface.
When stenciling on flat paint, we recommend that you use stencil
creme paints. Flat paint is very porous and since creme paints are
oil based, they take longer to dry. This allows you time to manipulate
the paint and to achieve great shading. Creme paints do clean up
with Murphy's Oil Soap. If you are stenciling on a satin, eggshell,
or any type of washable paint, then we suggest that you use the
2oz. bottles of acrylic craft paint.
Choosing Your Brushes
Brush selection is an element of stenciling that is often overlooked
by the beginner. Purchase good quality natural bristle brushes.
They will make a tremendous difference in the finished quality of
your project. They also last a long time. You will need a brush
for each color of paint. Another consideration is choosing brush
sizes in proportion to the cut out elements of your stencil. Using
a large brush in large cut out areas will speed up the stencil process
and give a consistent look. If the brush is too small, the stenciling
will look choppy and the work becomes tedious.
Stenciling is a dry brush technique. That means that your brush
must look and feel dry. You should be able to rub the brush across
the back of your hand and see only a blush of color. The most common
mistake of a beginner is too much paint on the brush. Remember,
in stenciling you will WASTE more paint than you will use.
Loading the Brush
If using acrylic paints, apply a quarter size dab of paint onto
a styrofoam plate. Dip your brush straight down into the paint.
Using a circular motion, rub the brush on a double layer of Bounty
paper towel folded in half. Continue until all the wet paint if
off the brush. Look at the bristles of the brush. If you see wet
paint, you will need to rub some more. The brush should look dry.
If using creme paints, first remove the protective film that covers
the paint. A popsicle stick works well. Load the brush by dipping
into the paint pot using a swirling/circular motion. Holding your
brush in a perpendicular position, tap it repeatedly on a piece
of glass or ceramic tile to work the paint into the bristles.
Applying the Paint
There are two techniques commonly used in stenciling. Each is equally
effective. Practice both to see which is more comfortable for you
or which achieves the look you desire. In both methods, (especially
swirling) be sure to keep your brush perpendicular to the surface.
Gently tap the wall surface in the cut out areas of the stencil.
Begin at the edges of the stencil and work your way toward the center
areas. This method produces a more textured look.
Cover the area by swirling the brush, again beginning at the edges
and working your way toward the center areas. This method produces
a much softer look and is easier on the arms.
Shading is achieved by applying a contrasting color, or applying
more pressure and working the edges again. To shade, switch to a
smaller brush. Keep most of the brush on the plastic. In a circular
motion tickle or hug the cut out edges of the design. Notice how
this will give your stencil a lot more pop. It adds dimension.
You Can Stencil!
Just about anyone can learn to stencil. It is an easy craft or art
to learn. With a little practice, you will achieve beautiful results.
Thanks to 'Heart of the Home'
stencils for the instructions