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BRUSHES

Out of time? Store paint-filled brushes in a plastic baggie in your freezer - Thaw before starting up again. Designer Stencils

BRUSHES

Make sure that you have enough brushes for every color you plan to use in your stencil project. Suite 101

CLEANING STENCILS

Use baby wipes that are lanolin-free to clean stencils. Kraft Shack

HOLIDAY STENCILS

Use a child’s coloring book to make holiday stencils. They can be reduced or blown up on a copier machine. Kraft Shack



LAMPSHADE

Spruce up a lampshade with motif stencils as a border or scatter design. The Artful Stencil

SHADING

Shading is easier to achieve and looks softer if you use a very dry brush. Designer Stencils

STENCIL POSITIONING

Use yardstick or measuring tape and a pencil dot to position your stencils perfectly. When using registration dots, simply erase dots or paint them out when project is complete. The Artful Stencil

STENCILING

Use a light hand when stenciling. It's easier to add more paint than to remove excess colour. Calico Crafts



STENCILING

When stenciling with more than one color, always start with the lightest and then add darker colors. American Traditional Stencils

STENCILING

Use tape to mask out any unwanted areas of the stencil design. This is very helpful when a smaller motif is needed to accent an area of your project. American Traditional Stencils

STENCILING

Use as little paint as possible when stenciling. Less is more. Hobby Industry Association

STENCILING

Use a light hand when stenciling. It's easier to add more paint than to remove excess colour. Calico Craft



STENCILING

The most important thing to remember is to use very little paint on your brush. Calico Crafts

STENCILING

The most important thing to remember is to use very little paint on your brush. Calico Crafts

STENCILING

Use a light hand when stenciling. It's easier to add more paint than to remove excess colour. Calico Crafts

STENCILING - PAPER PLATES AND PAPER TOWELS

Paper plates are a great place to pour your paint. (Quick clean up and cheap). You also want to have a few paper towels nearby, for dabbing/wiping brushes and easy quick cleaning. The Stencilsmith



STENCILS

Recycle large plastic lids by using them for a painter’s palette or cutting them up for stencils. U Create Crafts

STENCILS

An old tooth brush works well for gently scrubbing your stencils. Wildwood Cottage











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