Painting from Stencils – renovating  a cabinet

Yesterday I eventually  found  some time to finish this stencil and use it to paint our multimedia cabinet.

You can find the instructions on each of the images. They picture pretty much every step of stencil making and stencil painting process.  In case you have difficulties to read (I know some of the inserts are not clearly visible) I m explaining the steps under the photos.


1. Find the image you want to paint and print this pattern in a high contrast. For the beginning the best is to keep one layer and minimum colors. It would mean black and white printing. It is also possible to make multi -layer stencils (Check out this cool Lana Del Ray stencil)

2. The next step is to make the stencil. You can buy ready ones, but I think they are a bit pricey and there is also a lot of fum making stencils. To make a durable one, we will stick the paper pattern onto the plastic with a spray adhesive. If you want to use the stencil only once, you can use only paper. I tend to re-use my stencils, and I find that adding a layer of plastic is a great solution to extend its lifespan. I bought huge plastic pockets A2 size in Art & Hobby Shop, spray adhesive from there too. The most important thing is to make sure that the plastic is flexible and at the same time strong enough (so it is not going to be damaged after the first use of our stencil)


3. Cut the design out of your stencil. We are cutting only the parts  that you want the paint to go through. Make sure to live the bridges that hold the inner parts of your pattern. Use some sharp blade or scalpel. Be precise. If you cut to far, you can always fix it with cello -tape. Depending on the complexity of your project, this could be the most time consuming part of the stencil making project.


4. Once all the parts are cut out, gently spry the stencil (plastic side) with spry adhesive. We need only a  small amount of adhesive to have the stencil stick to the painted surface temporarily.

5. We are now ready to start painting. Apply the paint with spray, sponge or brush. Leave it to dry a little bit and remove the stencil.

6. Leave your stencil to dry. In case you want to use it in the future, store it flat.


Check out my Etsy shop for the current offerings. I might have some stencil art there.

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