How to stencil
1. A dry brush is key.
When you load your stencil brush with paint, ensure most of it is tapped off again. A cloth or paper will work. This is key in achieving crisp lines.
2. For beginners, spray adhesive is an option.
* Flip the stencil backwards.
* Lightly mist with spray adhesive.
* Allow to sit for a few moments.
Spray adhesive can help. However, you won’t need it if your brush is dry enough.
3. Tape off areas you desire to remain clean.
If there’s an area that is in close proximity to the stencilled letters, best to protect it.
4. Position stencil.
Position the stencil where desired, holding it in place with masking tape if desired.
4. Stencil in the letters by lightly tapping with a stencil brush.
Stencil brushes are flat, as they are geared to load your surface with paint from straight up above. This is to alleviate bristles getting underneath your stencil.
By ‘tapping, you are covering just the surface. If you brush side to side or swirl your brush, you can run the risk of bleeding.
Tip: For a more transparent look, wet / dry the brush first prior to using it. Then either tap or swirl the paint on. The water on the paint bristles allow the paint to slide more smoothly, leaving a smooth blend.
5. Stencil all your letters at once.
6. Carefully lift stencil from surface.
If you used spray adhesive, lift slowly to avoid damaging the stencil.
To distress: Lightly sand in random areas with either a palm sander or by hand with block styled sanding sponges.
8. Clean your stencil… if you want.
This one’s completely optional. I personally don’t clean my stencils. I ensure the cut edges are free of paint buildup, then allow them to dry until they are needed again.
However, many prefer to clean them. Some tips:
Soak stencils in soapy water right after using.
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