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The #1 most common problem Stencilers / Crafters have is:
How to stencil on wood without bleeding?
These techniques work for Canvas and walls and when painting floor tiles.
I'm Patricia Rawlinson I own StudioR12 Stencils and a "Painting Party Studio" BoardRoom46 (currently unable to host workshops... Covid ) When our workshops are possible we show 50 - 100 folks a week how to stencil with out the paint leaking under the stencil. I have been painting and publishing designs for over 20 years and have taught nationally all over the country and have several YouTube channels that teach painting!
I am here to help!
I'll show you the BEST stenciling techniques!
This may sound silly but if your paint is runny and thin, it's automatically gonna try to move around, alot of the cheap craft paints can have alot of water in them, when I'm painting in my studio I use DecorArt Americana. For our samples and work I use a bulk acrylic paint. We actually match our bulk colors with DecoArt so crafters can duplicate the colors. (We will be adding this list to our sample listings and YouTube video descriptions in the future)
* Note: When you shake your paint try to resist tapping on your hand to mix it up, this can cause damage to your hands and make painting painful.
I have seen it all... and I've seen it bad!
The fastest way to stop bleeding under stencils
is to use a great Stencil Brush!
Other stencil brushes are cut flat.. if you smash it on the table imitating the stipple/ stencil move, these types of brushes automatically swoop outwards... if you have paint on these brushes it's going to shove it right under the stencil.
*Note: No matter what brush you use you have to use a dry brush, if you change colors and wash the brush you have to get a new brush or wait for it to dry. If you paint alot I recomend 25 assorted sized Dome brushes, I use the biggest sizes most and the smaller ones less. Nothing is more frustrating than not have enought of the right supplies when you sit down to paint.
3. How you load the Dome Brush to prevent bleeding: Basic Video Here
4. How to apply the paint to prevent Bleeding under the stencil:
5. Stenciling is a layers Game: Apply thin layers
6. Your stencil must lay flat - Cut Your stencil up:
7. Paint the first layer the same color as your base layer:
8. The thickness of the mylar material matters:
9. Warm Ups: Practice on something other than yours surface for a minute before going at the project.
Say you are escaping for a bit of paint therapy and the kids or co-works were driving you batty today.... well you might be tending towards some aggression instead of tender soft layers! lol.... doing a little trial run can help you see your painting mood and compensate, by drying the brush more or using swirl instead of stipple.
10: Use paint adhesion tape or spray:
This is my least favorite, but it works! I hate the mess it leaves on the backs of the stencils and it makes storing stencils difficult.
This Stencil Adhesive really does stick the stencil down and is a great solution for detailed stencils of really BIG opening stencils that can move on you,
Learn Some coping techniques: How to fix stencil bleed on wood.
If you tend to be a more freestyle painter, you might need to learn some clean up and coping techniques:
Peeking under the stencils as you go can help you see your progress, using a damp paper towel to clean up messes right away or Using a sideload brush after stencils to repair the messy lines are equally fair as the previous techniques.
Link to Video... Where I broke some of these rule and show you how to fix them
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