Using Your Stencils

Stencilling is a quick and easy way to achieve a great looking design on to most surfaces using a pre cut stencil. Follow the instructions below and you won't go wrong with your stencil.

Most stencils are reusable if treated with care, follow the instructions below and enjoy your stencil.

Lets paint with your Stencil

  1. Spray your stencil with a suitable repositioning adhesive, ot use a low tack masking tape.
  2. Place your stencil on the area you are painting, and press it firmly so that all pieces of the stencil are flat to the surface.
  3. Pour a small amount of paint onto your palette or container.
  4. Load paint sparingly on a stencil brush or sponge and dab off excess.
  5. Lightly dab on a thin layer of paint; apply a second coat if necessary.
  6. Continue painting areas of the stencil according to your design.
  7. Let the paint dry completely before placing another stencil over it. 

Follow the steps below on how to apply your repositioning adhesives


Clean Up

Wash all stencils, brushes, and tools immediately after use before the paint dries. Depending on the type of paint or adhesive you have used, simply use water to rinse off or a suitable solvent cleaner to remove the paints and adhesives. Make sure there are no traces of adhesive left on your stencil before you follow the next step, once washed off gently shake off any excess water and place between kitchen towel and dab it dry. For ease of clean up try our stencil and brush cleaner. 

Repairing your stencil

On some stencils you can repair torn areas with clear sticky tape, simply place the tape on both sides of the tear and trim the excess with a craft blade or knife.

Repositioning Adhesive

Always test the adhesive on paint surfaces that you are unsure about, make sure you shake the adhesive spray well before use, only spray your stencil and not the project surface. Spray in a well ventilated area and only spray the stencil once with a very light coat or a mist of adhesive from a distance of about 20 to 30cm. Once you have applied the adhesive to your stencil allow it time to go tacky before you apply it to the surface your painting on. If you apply to much adhesive or don't allow it time to tack, there is the chance that traces of adhesive will remain on the surface you are painting on.

Please contact us for details of our stencil workshops either email or telephone 01384 671060 and ask for Irene or Anne

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