Stenciling – a wow factor! It adds to furniture, mixed media, painting and more!
A short while ago, I talked about stenciling in a furniture painting tips blog. I gave you a few of my favorite sources for stencils and showed how it looked when applied to painting furniture. This really is a topic that could be covered over several blogs. They are so many uses in so many different areas of art and applied in multiple ways.
Let’s begin this series with using a stencil and filling in the motif with paint. This method is very easy to do. The key is to make sure you do not overload your brush with paint. To start this technique, I feel it’s important to secure your stencil down in place so it will not shift while you are applying the paint. You can either use blue painters tape or Scotch Removable Tape (blue plaid). Either one of these work well because the adhesive isn’t strong enough that it could cause damage to the stencil as you remove the tape.
A stencil brush is always the best choice for this method of applying paint to the stencil area. Being careful not to overload the brush, dip the brush and swirl it lightly into the paint. Now take it to some paper towels and off load the paint by swirling it. Remember that it is very important that you do not have much paint at all on the brush. Too much paint will cause seepage and you will end up with a very unprofessional look.
Once the brush is properly loaded, begin carefully moving your brush over the open motif sections. Sometimes I will pounce the brush which gives you a negative look. Other times, I lightly swirl it like I do when offloading the paint. Since you have taken most of the paint off of the brush, it is going to look like you are not putting any paint anywhere – but you are! Reload your brush as needed making sure you offload every time. After you have completely covered the entire area, carefully lift up a corner of the stencil to see you you want more paint anywhere. This way you can easily lay the stencil back down and add more paint.
There are so many different looks you can get with this method of applying paint. A soft look, a negative look (stencil not completely filled in) or a heavily applied paint. You could even give a distressed look by removing some of the paint with a wet wipe.
If you noticed, my stencil has been used before. I normally let paint build up some on the stencils before I clean them. You need to be as careful cleaning them as you were applying the paint. I like to lay them out on a flat surface and spray them well with Simple Green and cover them with Saran Wrap. This lets the solution soak in and loosen the paint up. After a bit of time, I lift the plastic wrap and carefully roll my fingertips over the stencil to remove the paint. Yes, there are times I do this step twice, but it sure beats cleaning them every time! Rinse and lay flat.
This photo shows you how I use stenciling in my mixed media art. What you are seeing is part of piece that is in the works. You can see the finished piece here.
Hopefully, this has helped you and have you thinking about adding stenciling to your furniture painting or artwork. Shortly, we will talk about one of another several ways to put stenciling into your art.
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