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What is a paper proof of a stencil?
A paper proof is a sample print of the stencil design, used for testing accuracy of overlays, alignment and colors and for practicing stenciling techniques. Paper proofs are also measurement tools for judging design placement for stenciling.
What is an opaque stencil print?
An opaque stencil print is a stenciled out image of the design with intense color build-up and without shading or tone variance. This style of stenciling is very effective with bright or primary colors.
How do I prepare a wood piece or plywood paneling for stenciling?
For unfinished wood: Apply a base stain or clean wood sealer and allow adequate time to dry. After stenciling, wait 2-3 days and apply waterbase varnish to finish. Test a small section before applying the finish coat. Choose waterbase finishes; oil-base polyurethane can yellow the surface.
For pre-finished paneling: Wash to remove wax or dirt. If applying a glaze for a pickled look, test the color in an inconspicuous place. IF paneling has a glossy finish, paint may not adhere to it. In that case, paint paneling with a bonder/primer such as BIN or KILZ. After stenciling, roll on one or two coats of waterbase varnish for maximum scrubbability. Be sure not to layer water and oil based paints together.
What is a stencil print?
A stencil print is a stenciled out image of the design.
What is a shadowed stencil print?
A shadowed stencil print is a stenciled out image of the design with a shadow that makes the print more lifelike.
How do I stencil on fabric?
  1. Pre-wash and dry fabric. This will remove the sizing that comes in new fabric and help the paint bond better with the fibers.
  2. Place and secure fabric over a plastic-covered or waxed cardboard to create a firm surface for stenciling and to prevent bleed-through to any other part of the fabric.
  3. Load stencil brush by dabbing into paint puddle and circle on a paper towel to disperse the paint into the bristles and remove the excess. You can always go back and add more paint, however, an overloaded brush can cause an instant smudge that is next to impossible to remove from fabric.)
  4. Apply paint with either a pouncing or circular stroke. Let fabric thoroughly dry, at least 36 hours.
  5. Heat set by placing cloth over the stenciling and applying concentrated heat, at the wool setting, for several minutes. Launder or dry clean as you would any delicate fabric.
when using Martha Stewart Crafts ® Magnetic Paint Effect, can I decorate the top coat by hand painting, stenciling, or glazing?
Yes. Once dry, the magnetic surface can be decorated with stenciling, hand painting, or faux finishes.
What is a translucent stencil print?
A translucent stencil print is a stenciled out image of the design that is lighter toward the center of the design with a shaded, more distinct outer edge. On some surfaces, the wall surface or texture shows through.
What is a shaded stencil print?
A shaded stencil print is a stenciled out image of the design with a lighter tone at the center of the print and a darker, more opaque tone around the edge of the cutout area. Shading is achieved with varying degrees of pressure or with complementary or contrasting colors of paint.
What is a template or frisket?
A template is a shield which consists of an edge that can be stenciled to create a design, such as a large, curved piece to form hills or mountains. When used in this context, a template is also called a frisket. Many pre-cut stencil designs include templates or friskets. You can create a template by cutting a piece of a 5" x 8" index card or stencil blank material to the shape you need.
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