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While painting with FolkArt Enamels, how do I clean my brush between colors?
DO NOT USE WATER. Use a paper towel to pull out as much color as you can. If you would like to remove additional color, you may use the FolkArt Enamel Clear Medium instead of water and then use the paper towel to pull out excess color. Now you are ready to load the new color.
How can I preserve a paper stencil for longer life?
You might try spray sealing both sides of the paper stencil prior to stenciling the first time. If you know ahead of time that you might repeat this design several times, or if you are planning to use a heavy paint application technique, it is a good idea to spray seal the stencil to provide a little added protection.
Can I fix a rippled stencil from too much moisture?
You may try adding weight to the dry stencil between uses. Lay a sheet of waxed paper over the stencil then load it up with heavy books, etc.
How quickly can I layer a stencil or stencil on top of one I just completed?
It is advisable to wait until the first paint application is thoroughly dry prior to layering a second part of the stencil design. Layering a stencil while wet will ensure a mistake of blurred paint.
How can I center a stenciled word or phrase when stenciling one letter at a time?
It is always best to begin by creating a paper pattern. Trace each letter or word onto tracing paper checking your spacing between each letter and each word. Once you are happy with the design, use this paper pattern as your template to stencil directly onto your surface. It is best also to begin stenciling in the center of the word or phrase. Then continue stenciling outwards one letter / word at a time. Also be careful that each letter is completely dry prior to stenciling next to it. Do NOT lay a paper stencil over a wet letter/word.
Can I use a hair dryer or forced air to speed up the dry time when stenciling?
Absolutely, forced air will help to speed drying time not only on the stenciled surface, but also on the paper stencil itself if it is to be repeated.
How can I clean my paper stencils?
Paper stencils are not intended to be “life-long stencils” as they cannot be immersed in soap and water to be cleaned. However, you can lightly wipe each wet stencil after use with a baby wipe and then a paper towel; allow it to dry. This will simply remove any wet paint build up and keep it from drying on the paper surface.
How can I get rid of the paint build up on a paper stencil that has been used many times?
Paper stencils are not intended for life-long uses. If your stencil is well used and paint has built up over the design with use, you might be ready for a new paper stencil or you may try this tip: gently sand the dried paint build up with a very fine grit sandpaper.
How do I remove the cutouts from my paper stencils?
Gently remove the cut outs from the stencil by pressing on them. If they do not pop out easily, then use a craft knife to cut the area where they remain attached. After removing the cut outs, put them aside you can use the shapes for tracing templates.
What craft is FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint best suited for?
It’s perfect for all craft and hobby painting techniques, including brush painting and detail, sponging, stenciling, stamping and printing.
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