Creative Stenciling Techniques and More!

Creative Stenciling Techniques and More!

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Creative Stenciling online class!  Check it out.

This is not a project based but a techniques based class.  I have been asked over and over again, “How to you achieve such clean lines?”  “How do you clean stencils?”  “Which stencil should be used when you want to apply texture.”  “How do you use textures with stencils.”  Etc…….  This is why I decided it was possible many people would be interested in a class of this nature.

Have you ever wanted to know how to go about getting those clean crisp lines?  What methods are there to approach a stencil? Did you know that you will find your own best approach, but are you aware of the many ways to even try?  What exactly are the differences in stencils?  Do you know how to get creative with stencils?

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There are videos demonstrating 23 techniques that you can explore.  We talk about how to clean your stencils without damaging them.  How do you apply the paint to your paint brushes plus how to take care of your stencil brushes.

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Stenciling – a wow factor

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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Want to Learn to paint furniture 101?

Learn to paint furniture workshop.  Join me for the next one!

The workshop “Learn To Paint Furniture Workshop” was very successful Saturday. They experienced and tried eight different techniques using a variety of tools.  Glacage – fabulous furniture texture creme – seemed to be the favorite among the mediums they worked with.  They got to see how the character of painting furniture could evolve into some interesting looks.

Three pieces were completed using the furniture paint that they could go home and decorate with.  One was using the product to imprint into and another was creating texture and raised stenciling.  Last, was learning how to make a piece creating texture with doilies.  They all chose their own color combinations and their end results were incredible.  I love it when they come ready to play!  Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of their finished pieces!

The color combinations they used to create washes was also a success.  We showed them how washes created slowly can create a wonderful depth to the finished piece.  Of all of them, they liked the look the gray combination would give painted furniture the most and it looks like someone will have newly painted cabinets soon!

Distressing, cracking paint, adding a shimmer coat of Organza and watching wax complete a piece finished the paint furniture workshop off.  I was so hoping they didn’t go into overload and left inspired to use the knowledge they gained to create some wonderful looks on their own.

Join me for my next session that where we are going to change up a bit.

A learn to paint furniture workshop will have you completing a small piece that you bring in the technique of your choice.  All supplies and paint will be provided. A great opportunity to complete your own piece.  Seating is limited – you can sign up on my website under workshops.


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What’s in a name

A drop of my favorite color lately - Aqua!What is in a name?  Who would have thought that I had such a common name – not me.  No matter how short or many versions were tried, the name Barbara Cassidy was taken online.  Also, who would have thought that “Cassidy” would have unacceptable words in it and once again limit the choices.  The need to come about a name that would be easy for people to remember and relate to me was becoming very limited.  Reverting to what I do, brought about the word “paint.”  Lengthening that to painter seemed more pleasing.  Initials were added and “painterbc” has become what is used in email addresses, website and even in signatures.  Just the other day, an acquaintance mentioned they still had not checked out my website.  Her next comment was, “Isn’t it painterbc?”  Wow, it has worked and it is proving to be easy enough for people to connect to me.

Painterbc has been appearing  into my art.  Embedding, writing, or stamping it into texture medium has proven to add a mysterious way of getting it onto the canvas.  If textured stenciling was done, I carefully carve painterbc into it. My abstracts will also at times have it hidden within them.  Many times you will have to search and to viewers it has become a hunt to really search the piece to locate it.

Do any of you have a name like this that you have had to find an alternative one for your business?  It would be fun to see how many of us have had this situation.

Again, I would have never thought my name would be so common (there is also a painter in BC -British Columbia!).  But now I hope people know they can find me under Barbara Cassidy or painterbc.

Texture and Stencils

If you are a faux finisher, have you ever thought about using those techniques to create some fun canvas artwork?  The difference between the wall and canvas is just the size.

This piece was inspired by a faux finishing class.  It was fun to do and can easily be used for as an accent piece when coordinating wall colors are used.

First texture was applied with paint and followed with some textured stenciling.  Melanie Royal stencils always adds elegance to pieces and walls.  It was finished by adding glass beads over the darker stenciled areas.  This is a large canvas and makes a great statement on the wall!