DIY Tips: How to Stencil

For a unique, cool and fun look that’s much cheaper than patterned wallpaper, try stencilling. Stencils are an easy and fun way to create a bespoke look and they’re a great crafting activity to do with children. Learn how to stencil with these tips and take a look at this link for paint and wall covering supplies.


Things You’ll Need:

  • water-based acrylic paint in white and in one or two colours
  • paint roller and paint tray
  • small paint roller or small paintbrush
  • measuring tape and pencil
  • spirit level
  • stencil
  • stencil mount

Prepare the Wall

If necessary, strip the wall of paper and replaster. Otherwise, fill gaps in the wall with filler, smooth and leave to dry, then sand until you achieve a smooth finish. Paint the wall white, one or two times, to completely cover up any existing colour or to create an even base for the stencil colours. If you want to use two colours, at this stage, paint the base colour onto the wall and leave to dry. Apply additional layers of paint as needed until you have a base colour you’re happy with.

Mark Out the Stencil

The easiest way to use a stencil is to mark it out all over the wall before you apply the paint. Work out how many times the stencil needs to be repeated across the wall and adjust so that there is a neat finish along the edges of the wall, along the ceiling and along the floorline. Mark the position of the stencil with pencil, then use the measuring tape and spirit level to mark where the stencil should sit, each time, making sure that the stencil is completely straight.

Paint the Stencil

Next, it’s time to paint the stencils. Apply stencil mount to the back of the stencil. Apply the stencil to the wall, using the guide marks that you made, making sure that it is stuck firmly to the wall with no ripples or bumps in the stencil. Pour the coloured paint into a small roller tray and use a small roller to apply it inside of the stencil. If you’re working with a very intricate design, use a small stencil brush instead. Pull the stencil off the wall, leave the paint to dry, then repeat until the stencil is complete, always following the guidelines so that the pattern is straight and even. If you’re working with a particularly complex stencil that requires a few colours, make sure that the paint is totally dry before reapplying the stencil and adding the next colour.

Source: 4Homes

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