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What is the best way to apply Erasable Liquid Chalk?
A convenient foam pouncer makes stenciling and silkscreening quick and easy. It can also be poured out of the bottle and applied like a regular paint using brushes, pouncers and daubers.
What tools do I use with FolkArt Peel & Stick Painting Stencils?
Use FolkArt Daubers, Spouncers® or stencil brushes with FolkArt Peel & Stick Painting Stencils. Daubers' small applicator tips are ideal for stenciling the intricate designs, and often hold paint better when stenciling slick surfaces.
Can I embellish my painted and distressed Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Decor paint project with stenciling?
Yes! Use Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Decor paint through stencils to add detail or embellishment to your project. Martha Stewart Crafts has a collection of Vintage Decor Stencil sets perfect for larger areas and home decor projects.
The stenciled design can be left as is after stenciling or distressed using medium grit sandpaper.
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.
Can FolkArt Milk Paint be used to stencil a design on my furniture?
Yes. FolkArt Milk Paint can be used when stenciling your milk-painted project.
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.
What is the best way to apply Erasable Liquid Chalk?
A convenient foam pouncer makes stenciling and silkscreening quick and easy. It can also be poured out of the bottle and applied like a regular paint using brushes, pouncers and daubers.
How do you adjust the design repeat of a stencil for the corner of a room?
To adjust a stencil design to fit the corners of your room, on one wall you might need to stretch and on the other to squeeze the design. Try to stretch or squeeze the motif when stenciling the final corner where the design is to meet. If that's not practical, another option is to add a less dominant design motif, such as an acorn, a leaf, or a twig, in the final corner to finish the design.
To stretch the design: To ease the design into the corner so a major design element fits on the adjoining wall, stretch the last 304 repeats by increasing the space between design elements 1/2" to 1" per repeat.
Squeezing the design: Decrease the spacing between design elements 1/4" to 1/2" so that the design element that would have gone into the corner is pulled back on the wall before the corner.
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.
On which side of FolkArt Laser-Cut Painting Stencils should I stencil?
You can stencil on either side of a FolkArt Laser-Cut Painting Stencil. If using a stencil brush to stencil on a slick surface, you may find the brush glides better when stenciling on the slick side of the stencil. Remember, when some stencils are flipped, they will produce a reversed image.
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