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What are some tips for cutting out detailed designs for use in a decoupage project?
Scissors:
Use small sharp scissors or a craft knife to trim papers, such as embroidery or cuticle scissors. A craft knife is handy to cut details from the inside of a design.

Cutting:
Using a cutting mat to protect your work surface, cut out the inside of a print before cutting around the outside. Then trim off excess around the design. It is not necessary to follow every detail of a design.

Creating Rustic Looks
Tearing:
To achieve an irregular, textured edge, tear the paper by pulling toward you in an upward motion.

Burning:
To achieve an antique or rustic look, use a match or candle flame to light the edge of your paper. Just as the print begins to burn, carefully blow out the flame on the paper. Continue burning a small areas at a time until the entire edge has been burned. Remove excess charred paper by scraping the edge of the paper with the side of the scissors, leaving a brown edge.

What is scumble?
Scumble is a thin application of opaque color scrubbed over an area to change the tone, temperature or value.
Are there different types of stencil strokes?
Yes. There are four common types of strokes for stenciling.
Circular: Use a circular stroke to achieve an evenly shaded print. Move the loaded brush in a clockwise direction, focusing on the outside edge of the cutout area. The circular stroke is recommended when using dry brush paint. If acrylic paints are used, care must be taken to remove excess paint from the brush and to keep a light pressure on the brush to prevent smudged prints.
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Pouncing: A pounced stroke is ideal for beginners, as it will not readily cause a smudged print. Apply the paint in an up-and-down pouncing motion. The more you pounce, the more solid or opaque the print will become.
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Sweeping: Use a back-and-forth sweeping stroke to create a directional print. This stroke is especially effective in large cut out areas, or when using a flat stencil brush. Use caution - too much paint on the brush can result in a brush-under smudge.
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Rolling: The stencil roller can by used with one or two shades of paint. A darker color can then be added to accent ares of the stencil or for the second overlay. The finished print will not have outside edge shading.
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Combination: A combination stroke blends pouncing, circular and sweeping strokes. This is a secondary stroke added after the stencil is first rolled on the surface. Then certain design elements can be added using a different technique.
Can I mix other mediums with Leather Studio™ paint?
Never mix mediums or alcohol with Leather Studio™ paint as it will break down the paint and make it not as flexible.
How can I get a more secure mount when using stretcher bars for my needlework?
Tape the edges of your fabric to get a more secure mount when using stretcher bars. This will also help prevent your fabric from slipping.
How do I paint a One Stroke™ heart-shaped leaf?
Load a flat brush with Thicket and Sunflower. Make guidelines in a "v" to help keep the top of your leaf even.
Begin at one guideline with the flat side of the brush. Have the green side of brush to the outside. Touch down with brush.
Push and wiggle the stroke.
Begin turning brush as you get to tip.
Turn and slide as you pull brush up to chisel edge.
Make both sides of the leaf in this same way.
To make a turned edge on the leaf: Begin making a leaf in the same way, as you get to the middle of leaf, pull brush up to chisel.
Twist brush 180 degrees and flip to other side.
Make another shell-shaped petal on the left side of the rose bud.
Continue adding the shell-shaped petals below the bud until you have painted four petals.
Clean up the bottom of the bud by restroking over the bottom stroke.
Paint a comma stroke on each side of the bud, ending on the chisel.
Make a comma stroke just under the bud for the last petal of the rose.
What is a bridge?
Bridges are partitions within the design of the stencil. Stencils without bridges are called "bridgeless" or "theorem-style" stencils.
What is Reverse Painting?
Reverse painting refers to the technique where painting is done on the back of clear glass (such as a plate) but is seen through the glass from the front. Therefore, the design is painted in reverse, with details first and basecoat last. When you have painted a clear glass plate with this technique, food can be placed onto front of plate.
Can I burn candles I have decorated with florals, decoupage, etc.?
Decorated candles using Mod Podge ® or Royal Coat ® Decoupage Finish are meant for decorative purposes and not for illumination. Many of the decorations would catch fire and be hazardous if the candle were burned. However, if you are using a wide pillar candle and the decorations do not go to the top of the candle, it can be burned down slightly to create a well, then a votive candle inserted into the well. A new votive candle can be inserted when the old one is finished. Use extreme caution and good judgment when burning candles that have been decorated.
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.
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