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