Our reusable wall stencils are so easy to work with, even beginners get great results! Stencils are very cost effective. Stencil patterns are a hot decorating trend and so many DIY decorators are discovering the ease and fun of stenciling. Anyone can create gorgeous accent walls with stencils and so inexpensively! It's easier and faster than you think. Stenciling is not just for walls, but also floors, ceilings, furniture, fabrics, and rugs! With so many stencil designs to choose from, it's easy to get inspired and tackle any decorating project
The technique: Stenciling
What it is: A paint technique that never goes out of style, stencils add drama to any wall and are a great alternative to wallpaper. These days, there are tons of stylish stencils, so don't worry about it looking too '90s.
Where it works: Stencils work anywhere you want to add interest with a graphic element. "The technique tends to be used as an accent or border, rather than on an entire wall,You can use stencils behind mirrors, on stairs, or even on part of a wall to give the appearance of wainscotting."
How to do it:
- When it comes to choosing a stencil, your best bet is to go with something that isn’t too intricate, just in case it bleeds.
- Simply adhere the stencil to your wall and apply the colour. Don’t rely on tape – use a low-tack adhesive spray to adhere the stencil instead And a high-density foam roller works well, just make sure to remove any excess paint to prevent bleeding."
Stencils allow you to reproduce a pattern or design over and over again, as many times as you like. These tips will help you get good results.
Stenciling Tip 1: Use a Professional Tool
Stencilling brushes are round with short, stiff bristles. Use it in a quick up-and-down movement to dab paint onto your stencil. This helps prevent paint getting under the edges. A sponge or small roller works well too.
Stenciling Tip 2: Work from The Outside
Start panting on the edges of the stencil, working into the centre, rather than from the centre outwards. Again this helps prevent paint getting under the edges as you're less likely to accidentally bump the brush against an edge.
Stenciling Tip 3: Less is More
Don't overload a brush with paint as it'll seep under the edges of the stencil. Load the brush lightly, so that the ends of the bristles are covered evenly; wipe off any excess on a piece of paper or cloth.
Stenciling Tip 4: Think Thin
You'll get better results by applying two thin coats rather than one thick one. Wait for the first to dry before applying the second.
Stenciling Tip 5: Get Sticky
Keep a stencil in place by taping it at the top and bottom with a piece of tape. Low-tack tape is best as it's very easy to remove and shouldn't pull off any paint from the surface.
Stenciling Tip 6: Go Multi-Colored
To use more than one color in a stencil, use tape to mask off areas of the stencil you don't want in a particular color.
Stenciling Tip 7: Practise Makes Perfect
If you're using various stencils together, first try it out on a piece of paper. It's far easier to find out that something isn't working at this stage and then correct it than when you're painting on your final surface.
Stenciling Tip 8: X-rated Stencils
Old x-rays are great for cutting stencils, so if you're unfortunate to need some, don't throw them away.
Stenciling Tip 9: Wash Regularly
Not you, your stencil! If you're doing a repeat design, wash your stencil regularly in warm water to keep the edges free of paint. If there's some paint on an edge, you won't get a crisp edge to your painted stencil. As paper stencils don't lend themselves to washing, acetate stencils are better for repeat designs. With a paper or card stencil, wipe off the excess paint, then leave the stencil for a bit so the paint on it dries, before using it again.
Stenciling Tip 10: Store stencils Flat
A stencil, obviously, needs to be flat to be usable. To stop it from buckling, put it between two pieces of card and store it somewhere flat, such as in a book or telephone directory.