If you want to decorate an area, whether it be a childs room, your ceiling or even the front of your house, it does not matter whether you consider yourself to be a fantastic artist or just about able to dab on some paint. Interesting and exciting patterns can be created with the use of one or more wall stencils, just follow these basic steps:
bStep 1. Use a quality template/b
Make sure that the stencil you are buying is quality and from a reputable seller. Read their feedback from previous clients. Having the wall stencil soak through with paint in the middle of the masterpiece would be highly annoying. Likewise, not knowing the order in which to paint multi-layer stencils could lead to a disaster. So instructions, and a picture of the finished work, are essential on all but the easiest stencil designs.
bStep 2. Use the proper tools/b
Stencil paint is best applied using either a brush, sponge or a roller. Select a soft but stiff, round brush for stencilling and apply the paint carefully to avoid a build up of excess paint at the edge of the stencil, else you will find the paint creeping under and spoiling the effect.
If the stencil design requires the use of multiple colours, consider the use of an applicator per colour rather than trying to wash it in between each colour. Washing the brush or roller will only lead to water being carried onto the paint, which could result in a run.
bStep 3. Use the correct technique/b
In order to avoid paint being dragged under the stencil, always start your stroke at the edge of the stencil and work towards the centre. Thus paint is being pulled away from the actual wall stencil, rather than dragged towards it.
The paint should be applied in thin layers, allowing each to dry between applications, if required. Again, overuse of paint is risking allowing the paint to run under the wall stencil and spoil the effect.
bStep 4. Dont move the stencil/b
Whilst applying the paint you might be using the stencil design several times in one position, whilst applying different colours. So tape the stencil in place firmly, but using a suitable easy to remove adhesive tape that wont damage the areas already completed. And if you are taping an area that has already been painted, make sure it is well dry and firm!
bStep 5. Clean the stencil before moving on/b
If using the stencil once on a job isnt sufficient, then ensure that it is properly cleaned before repositioning it ready for the next use. Any unused paint might just run off onto the next part of the pattern and look unsightly, spoiling the beautiful stencil effect.
Theres a great assortment of stencils to choose from. From aquatic, to Egyptian to out of this world space themes. Let your imagination run wild and enjoy your stencilling effects!
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