Stencils: Learn How to Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils. Wall stencils for DIY decor.

Stencils: Learn How to Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils. Wall stencils for DIY decor.


Hi I’m Janna and I’m Greg from Cutting
Edge Stencils. Today we’re going to go over the basics of stenciling. It’s super
easy and anyone can do it. They’re a great way to decorate on a budget.
Stencils have come a long way and you’ll be amazed at what you can do with them.
Here’s what you’ll need .Your Cutting Edge Stencil, a dense foam roller for
each color, stencil brushes, latex or acrylic paints, large styrofoam plates,
low-tech painters tape and paper towels. For this nursery
we’re using our Zinnia Grande stencil. First, make sure your wall is clean and
dust free. Then position your stencil on the wall where you want it and secure it
with a few pieces of low tech blue painters tape. Don’t use regular white
masking tape because it’s too sticky for most painted surfaces and could pull off
the base paint when you remove your stencil. Pour some of the paint that
you’ve selected onto your plate. Load your dense foam roller by rolling it
over the paint a few times. Press on the roller as you do it, so it absorbs the
paint evenly. Now blot off the excess paint on a folded paper towel. This is a
very important step not to be skipped. It should look almost dry. Remember, it’s
always better to have less paint on your roller than too much paint. Now roll the
stencil with your roller using light to medium pressure .Excessive pressure may
cause paint seepage under the stencil. You can easily see how you’re doing by
carefully untaping and lifting one corner of the stencil and taking a peek. Do you
like what you see? If it’s too pale just put the stencil back and roll it a
couple more times back and forth adding slightly more pressure. Continue
rolling covering the entire stencil. Make sure you’ve got it all before removing
the stencil. Remove the stencil slowly so the blue tape doesn’t accidentally pull
off any background paint and enjoy your artwork. This may be the right time to
reload and blot your roller. Reposition your stencil and repeat the process. No
need to clean the stencil in between repeats, each stencil is good for many
repeats before will need to be cleaned. It’s time to clean the stencil when your
paint build up starts to compromise the design. If you’d like to do your next
repeat in a different color we recommend a separate foam roller for each color.
You can certainly use the same roller after cleaning it well under running
water and drying it as much as possible before the next use. If you roll off the
edge of your stencil, quickly wipe off the paint with a moist baby wipe.
Pick up the edge of the stencil to make sure you’ve got all of it. Using a
stencil brush instead of a roller works great for smaller stencils. Again use a
small amount of paint and blot off the excess on a paper towel. You can use a
straight up-and-down motion we call “pouncing” or a gentle swirling motion to
completely cover the stencil. Avoid overloading your stencil brush to
prevent paint seepage. For edges like ceiling and floor boards, put down your
low tack tape and position your stencil so part of the pattern will be cut off
just like a wallpaper pattern. Roll your paint onto the stencil and into the
crease of the corner. Use your stencil brush to fill in the small spaces the
roller can’t get to. Remove the stencil then remove the tape to reveal your
perfectly cut off pattern. These simple techniques can unlock the door to
endless decorative possibilities. Cutting Edge Stencils, it’s beautiful
made easy!

26 thoughts on “Stencils: Learn How to Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils. Wall stencils for DIY decor.

  1. You're welcome, please check out our Facebook fan page, there are so many pictures and ideas from our customers!
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  2. so cool! Can you do the sponge technique with the stencil? I want when i take it off, just that area has sponge depth

  3. Thanks! Yes you can definitely sponge with stencil, but the result may be not as crisp, the image will have "sponged" look. I've done this technique many times on large stencils. Use spray adhesive to get crisper edges and less paint bleed.

  4. I have never used a stencil. I would like to stencil BRICKS on a wall, having a rather rough appearance. Should I use a sponge, or would it be better to use a roller and do something to "rough them up" after painting the first coat?

  5. Yes, plastic is one option. I like to use a somewhat softer plastic like the one document folders sold in Staples stores are made of, its easy to cut with exacto knife. For finer stencils I used ordinary shelving paper which is essentially thin vinyl. You can also use cardboard or oilboard, but these stencils will not last long. Hope this helps! ~Janna

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  7. Hi Alexandra, we don't recommend using spray paint for stencil application since we find it's somewhat hard to control. However, quite a few of our customers did use it with great results! So I guess everything is possible 🙂

  8. can u tell me the thickness of ur stencil used… I have a 0.5mm thick does this work fine for stenciling or shud I change my thickness?

  9. I'm not sure if this was mentioned: what's sizes did you use for the stencils? Preferably the stencil you used with the green paint. Thanks in advance.

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