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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.
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.
How should I apply FolkArt Ultra Dye Satin Varnish?
FolkArt Ultra Dye Varnish is a water-based, non-toxic varnish that is easily cleaned up with soap and water. Lightly brush the varnish over the cured, dyed surface and do not overwork which can cause bleeding.
NOTE: To maintain crisp color edges when stenciling, it is advisable to lightly spray seal the project first before brushing on the varnish.
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.
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.
How should I apply FolkArt Ultra Dye Satin Varnish?
FolkArt Ultra Dye Varnish is a water-based, non-toxic varnish that is easily cleaned up with soap and water. Lightly brush the varnish over the cured, dyed surface and do not overwork which can cause bleeding.
NOTE: To maintain crisp color edges when stenciling, it is advisable to lightly spray seal the project first before brushing on the varnish.
Can I clean my wall that has been stenciled?
The stenciled portion of any wall is as washable as the background paint. In most rooms, stenciled walls do not require a protective finish, but kitchens, bathrooms (where there is steam from a shower), laundries, mud rooms, or children's rooms may need added protection from wear and tear, moisture or grease. Waterbase urethane, available at paint and hardware stores, can add protection to stenciled walls.
Here's how:
  1. Let the stenciling cure at least 36 hours.
  2. Apply the waterbase urethane finish with a roller. Apply the first coat quickly -don't spend time working the roller over the surface. Let dry according to label instructions.
  3. IF more protection is desired, apply a second coat and let dry.
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.
What is the difference between Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Decor paint and Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Craft paint?
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Craft Paint is a durable, premium, multi-surface acrylic paint that is both dishwasher and machine washer safe. It is perfect for both painting and stenciling and comes in several specialty finishes such as high gloss, satin, metallic, glow-in the dark, and chalkboard.
Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Decor paint is a high quality paint designed for painting and distressing furniture and home décor accessories. It does not require any project preparation such as priming, sanding, or stripping. It dries to a matte chalk finish, can be finished and polished with waxes, and is formulated for easy sanding and distressing.
How can I use FolkArt Home Decor Layering Stencils?
When combining any or all of these layering stencils, a variety of effects can be achieved! Try stenciling the Silhouette design a color different than the project’s basecoat color. When dry, layer the detailed Pattern stencil using a third complementary color.

The FolkArt Home Decor Layering Silhouette stencil, when used alone, will create a basic stenciled shape or opaque outline of a shape design.

The FolkArt Home Decor Layering Pattern stencil, when used alone, will create a detailed stenciled pattern design.

The FolkArt Home Decor Layering Mask stencil, when used alone, will create a stenciled background around or outside a design area.

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