Tips & Hints 

Helpful stenciling tips and hints....

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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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