Posted: October 1, 2010, 6 p.m. EDT
Tape your stencil down where you want your painting to be and securely tape around it to hold it in place. Take your brush and get just enough paint on it, do not load it heavily with paint as too much or too watery paint can float under the stencil. Start from the outside of the stencil and pull the brush into the center. After you have completely gone around the outside of the stencil, then paint the center. (Click images to enlarge and to see entire image.)
To change a color within the stencil, you can just use the color paint you want, or you can paint the stencil a solid color if lighter than the second color, then paint the darker color on top.
Outlines and highlighting can be added by brush. You can first draw the dark outline with the same color marking pen that you will be using, then go over it with the paint. For fun, you can add some 3D stickers or paint other highlights (in this case, butterflies, dragonflies and flowers were added). (Click images to enlarge and to see entire image.)
If you want to add a background that runs all the way through (like a wall), it is better to paint it first and allow it to completely dry before stenciling. Then add your stenciling and other design media. (Click images to enlarge and to see entire image.)
Stenciling can be done to other objects like this tablecloth with fabric paints (this paint needed to be ironed to set the colors). The tray is a clear plastic that came with the bluish center. The bottom of the tray was painted using a stencil then a light coat of a plastic spray to help prevent scratching of the paint. (Click on images to enlarge and to see entire image.)
There are many things that can be painted using stencils. You are only as limited as your imagination. The more you work with projects the more ideas will start popping into your head. With Christmas just around the corner, you can make unique gifts this year.
Deva Kolb is both a Celtic and a ferret artist, and she enjoys seeing others use her drawings.
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