How To Stencil

Basic Paint Stencilling

1) Set yourself up with the right materials
The materials for stencilling don’t have to be complex — creating a stencil does not need special tools, but having the right ones will make it easier. 
  • Brushes: This is the most important of the supplies because they’ll help control pigment. Stencil brushes are commonly flat-tipped (all one length) and domed brushes (slightly tapered near the ends). 
  • Masking tape: To help keep your stencil in place. 
  • Paper towels: You’ll use this to get rid of excess paint. 
  • Paint: This varies on your project but a quality acrylic paint is a good choice

2) Positioning is very important
Determine the position of your stencil and tape it to the surface. Don’t be afraid to play around and reposition your design — the masking tape should ensure that you don’t damage your surface.
Taping will keep your stencil secure and ensure that it won’t move as you paint inside of it, keeping your pigment from bleeding outside the edges.

3) Keep an eye on the amount of paint you use
Don’t overload your brush with paint. At its core, stencilling is a dry brush technique. Before you apply any pigment, first dip your brush into the paint and then dab it on your paper towel or a rag to remove any excess. 

4) Don’t forget to dab
When applying your paint in the stencil, dabbing your brush is more effective than stroking the paper. Along the edges of the stencils, make light, quick strokes — this will prevent your paint from bleeding.

5) Watch the edges
As you work along the edges, always angle your brush in toward the middle of the stencil and not towards the outside. This will also help to prevent bleeding. Once you’re in the middle of the stencil, paint as you normally would to make sure that the entire design is evenly covered with paint. Take your time as you complete this process. 

6) Work clean & tidy
Our reusable plastic stencils are great for multiple uses — as long as you clean them when you’re done. So, wash up using soap and water. 

Basic Icing Sugar Cake Stencilling

1) Position & sprinkle
Gently place your stencil on your cake surface. Be careful not to nudge the stencil as you sift the icing sugar which will ruin the crisp edges of your pattern. Sieve your sugar over the stencil, making sure there is no extra escaping over the edge of the stencil sheet.

2) Lift me up
Remove the stencil with a gentle hand. You can use clean and sanitised tweezers, or something similar, if it's a bit difficult to get at with your fingers

3) Work clean & tidy
Our reusable plastic stencils are great for multiple uses — as long as you clean them when you’re done. So, wash up using soap and water.