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Stencils & Stenciling Basics

Stenciling is one of the easiest ways to add painted designer touches to virtually any surface. While the technique itself is decades-old, Plaid's stencil motifs, designs and alphabets are as fresh as today. Discover the art of stenciling--it's truly as simple as brushing paint over a pre-cut design.

Stencils & Stenciling 101

Personalize gifts and accessories or redo walls and room décor--it's a snap to beautify any project with Plaid's stencil designs. Use with your favorite Plaid paints and discover the one-step joy of decorating with stencils.
Basic Supplies
Here's what you need to get started:
  • Project Surface
  • FolkArt Acrylic paints
  • Brush Basin or container for water
  • Stencil
  • Stencil brushes
  • Foam plate
  • Paper towel
  • 1" Foam brush
  • Stencil tape or low tack masking tape
  • Fine grit sandpaper
Tips & Tricks
  • Always properly prepare your surface before stenciling. If your project surface is wood, neatly basecoat - sand - basecoat. If your project surface is glass, thoroughly clean with soap and water followed by rubbing alcohol. When stenciling on fabric, prewash with soap and water to remove manufacturer's sizing.

  • When stenciling many colors in a close designed area, mask cut portions of a stencil to prevent color from unwanted areas. Masking is simple to achieve; simply place a piece of stencil tape over an area to protect it from the unwanted color, or place a piece of paper covering the open area for protection.

  • Experiment with stenciling tools for different creative looks. Of course, stenciling with a stencil brush is the norm, however, try creating different effects with sponges - both sea and cellulose, Daubers and Spouncers!

How to Make a Stencil
Creating your own, unique stencils can be quick and easy.
How to Stencil with a Spouncer
Spouncers® offer a quick and easy way to apply paint when stenciling.
How to Stencil with a Sponge
A lightly moistened sea sponge can be used to create texture and instant blending.