Stencil Tips

Just a quick summary for beginners in stenciling of how to improve your stencil technique and to get the best possible results.

Do not rush and have patience and you are half way to having a great stencil effect. Have a read of the stencil tips before tackling your project. We wish you all the best with your stencil project and would welcome any pictures of your proud achievement. You can clean your mylar stencil after use and use again. Mylar stencils are solvent proof so most paints can be cleaned off with the recommended cleanser.

Welcome to the fun and exciting world of stencilling. It offers you the opportunity to create something truly unique that reflects your specific style and likings.  Before you get started, consider these general tips:

► Concentrate on one or two design themes.

► Create design rhythm by repeating designs.

► Be imaginative and a little daring in choosing colour combinations.


 Make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials:

  1) The mylar stencil.

 2) Masking tape and/or adhesive spray to hold the Mylar stencil

 3) Paint and painting cups. If you plan to work with several colours, decide on a                     harmonious combination. Try mixing colours and use a different brush for each                 colour.  Acrylics (water-soluble) are most commonly used, but you can stencil with            most  paints.

 4) Stencil brush (use a large brush or mini roller to cover a large area), sponge, as well        as a fine brush.

 5) Paper towels, newspaper and a practice board.

 6) Level or measuring tape, and a pencil.

 7) Scissors or knife in case you need to trim the stencil.


 Walls should be clean and painted in a flat or satin finish. High gloss or metallic surfaces may need to lightly sanded to ensure the paint will “grip”, unless you stencil with a similar paint. Prime all non-painted or un-treated surfaces.




For better results, follow these easy steps:

 1) Before you start, practice on a board or paper to determine the amount of paint to             use and how to apply it to your mylar stencil.

 2) Affix the mylar stencil with drafting tape (low-tack masking tape) or repositionable          adhesive spray. The spray is faster to work  with and minimize paint from leaking in        behind the stencil.

 3) Use a level or measuring tape to ensure the stencil pattern is positioned correctly.

 4) In corners or narrow spaces, cut or fold the mylar stencil as needed to make sure it            will fit  in the desired position.

 5). If airbrushing make several light passes rather than one heavy pass for a better                result




    Load the brush or roller with paint, but remove any excess. The brush should be “dry”        to the touch (minimal amount of paint)  for better control.  If you put too much                    paint on in one go the stencil WILL bleed and ruin your work

 2) Hold the brush as a pencil and paint on a circular or tapping motion. Try to move             along the cut of the mylar stencil versus across the cut (this helps minimize the risk of         paint leaking in behind the stencil).

 3) Use masking tape or repositionable adhesive spray to hold the stencil in place. Also,          try to place one hand on the stencil,  while stenciling, to avoid any slippage.

 4) If paint builds up around the stencil cuts, wipe it dry or clean the mylar stencil before         continuing.

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