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6 practical stenciling tips

6 practical stenciling tips

Random paint splashing on the stencil surface is not the right method, so we have collected six tips that will make your stenciling work easier and will allow you to achieve the desired effect.

Tip #1: Dry brush method

What is, in our opinion, the most important stenciling rule? Get rid of excess paint from the brush! The tool should be almost dry after each draining. Correct stenciling will therefore be based on applying several layers of paint. Thanks to this, the pattern will be evenly covered with color and almost free from unwanted paint leakage under stencil.

6 practical stenciling tips - dry brush method
6 practical stenciling tips - securely fix the stencil

Tip #2: Securely fix the stencil

Before starting to paint the pattern you need to make sure the stencil will not move when stenciling. Securely attaching the template to the surface will greatly reduce paint leakage. In most cases a low tack painters tape, such as 3M ScotchBlue, is more than enough to do the job. It will allow to avoid peeling off any base coat paint.  Always remove your masking tape slowly, pulling it an an angle.

Tip # 3: Tap towards the center

What is paint tapping? This technique involves applying paint with a brush in short, light movements by tapping on the surface. This is very important if you want to achieve an even surface coating without paint leakage. Side-to-side brush strokes or pressing it too hard can create unsightly show-through of the paint. Paint from the side of the template towards the center to assure that the pattern will be accurately reflected and the edges are even and smooth. It is best to use round sponge stencil brushes or flat bristle brushes.

6 practical stenciling tips - tap towards the center
6 practical stenciling tips - patience first

Tip #4: Patience first

It is important to let the paint dry after painting. We perfectly understand that it is not easy and you would like to take a look at the pattern right away, but we advise you not to do it! All you have to do is wait 5-10 minutes for the first layer to stabilize. Insufficiently dried paint may smear when removing the stencil from the painted surface and spoil your work. Waiting too long may cause the paint to stick to the stencil and peel off from the surface with it.

Tip #5: Connecting bridges

Connecting bridges are elements that allow the stencil to be cut out and hold it together. Without bridges, many patterns would be impossible to make. Some people do not notice their presence at all and treat them as a coherent element of the pattern, while others prefer to get rid of them. Nothing easier! After finishing work, fill in the gaps with a thin brush and let dry. There is no need to worry that this will change the final effect, because the patterns are prepared in such a way that they look professional both with and without bridges.

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6 practical stenciling tips - minor fixes

Tip 6: Minor fixes

After your work is done, when you can finally enjoy the effect, you suddenly notice that one element that disturbs the whole pattern. Don’t worry about in advance! If it is a small point, you can safely paint over it with a color similar to the color of the painted surface or try to gently wipe it off. You can also smile and accept imperfection, after all, it is a handmade work.