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There are special brushes that are purpose-made for stenciling. Stencil
brushes have densely packed bristles, and a round profile with a flat
bottom. A range of sizes from 1/4’’ up to 1” will do for most projects.
I have yet to come across a quality stencil brush that holds and disperses
the paint satisfactorily. Most of those that are
Its just so important to have all of your gear together and assembled
before you start your masterpiece. When it comes time to commence painting,
you want to allow yourself the pleasure of being fully engaged with the
painting process. In this way the work is more likely to progress smoothly
Here is a basic checklist off mostly essential items for your painting
toolbox. None of these items are in any way expensive and most of them
are available from the supermarket, A few others from your local hardware
Stenciling is by no means, an expensive hobby or pastime and if you were
painting fabric or a canvas instead of walls, then only minor substitutions
or alterations to the basic toolkit would be required.
available from art or craft supplies seem to be the extra cheap variety,
with densely packed bristles that remove as much paint as they apply.
My favorite stencil brush is a common painters, 1 inch oval filament
brush with synthetic fibres. Not only does it hold and apply the paint
smoothly, these brushes are readily available from your local hardware
store and cost under five dollars.
For touching up and small stencils I use ordinary round artists bristle
brushes with domed ends.
Plenty of paper towel is indispensable for cleaning both your stencils
and brushes. Also handy for mopping up spills that tend to happen from
time to time. Cleans rags can used if you wish.
The same type of plates that you would use for party food are ideal for
holding your paint. You can also use shallow pottery or glass bowls.
Not really a necessary item but useful for a achieving certain textured
effects to your stencil art,
Repositionable spray adhesive is mostly used to hold the stencil against
the wall, fabric or canvas. I have not come across a better way of securing
a stencil in place.
A low tack painters tape is a suitable alternative to the spray adhesive
and used to hold the stencil film against the artwork during the cutting
You may not ever need to use a measuring tape on your project, but its
still useful to have nearby. Just in case
spatula is useful for those times when you are using a thick or creamy,
full bodied paint that doesn't run. In other words the spatula is used as
a miniature paint easel. Its easier holding a spatula than a paper plate.
Plastic spatulas come in all shapes and sizes and the are available at your
local hardware. Not absolutely necessary but nice to have around.
will be times when you will need to trace the outline of a stencil directly
onto the wall. In these situations it would be desirable to trace with a
pencil that is as close in color and tone to the wall so no outline will
be visible after the stencil has been painted. I prefer to use water color
pencils for the reason that if I make an error or want to rub back a bit,
I can use a damp rag to wipe the pencil mark off. Oil or wax based pencils
would be more difficult to erase.
no such thing as enough clean water when you are painting. These large rectangular
trays ( used for kitty litter) are completely suited to the task. Their
main use is for holding and cleaning your stencils after use. By keeping
a painted stencil in water, you can reduce the incidence of paint drying
on the stencil in between uses.
Three or four inexpensive plastic party tablecloths are dirt cheap and will
do a fine job of protecting the floor, or the wall against the accidental
little (or large) spills that are inevitable. Also for covering the work
table that will hold your paints and water. I usually place a plastic sheet
under the work table as well.
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