How to Stencil in My Original Technique
Stenciled on fabric
|I developed my own technique for stenciling wall borders, murals, furniture, etc. I was inspired by an English stenciler who used spray cans of paint to apply the colors to the wall. I wanted a cleaner, fast drying way of stenciling to achieve a similar look. Acrylic paint and sponges were the answer. I painted the surface to be stenciled with acrylic wall paint in the desired color, and then I applied the stenciling using my new method.|
You can also use my stencils with the traditional stenciling techniques and materials using stenciling brushes and oils.
My Stenciling Technique
Eggshell acrylic wall paint in background color
Clean all the sponges with soap and water so they will be ready for the next project. Clean the paint from the stencil using warm water and an abrasive like plastic scouring pads or steel wool. Everything else can be cleaned with soap and water before the paint is thoroughly dry. If any of the paint has run under the stencil on to the wall, use the small paint brush to paint over the run with the background color.
There are many fabric painting products on the market and no one product is right for every fabric or situation. My stencils can be used with any of them. Use the die according to the manufacturer directions... If durability is the requirement, then you will want to test out the fabric paints available to you on the fabric you are going to use.
As a durability test, prewash the fabric, and stencil a small motif on it using each brand of paint. Follow each manufacturer's directions for application and setting the dye. Throw it in the washer each time you do the wash for a week or so. This will give you a good idea of which paint is most durable.
With dies, when choosing your fabric, remember that natural fibers hold colors better than synthetics, so if it is going to be worn, cotton is best. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't use blends and synthetics, but be sure to test your paints. You can use acrylic paint on any fabric.
Dies give you a soft flexible fabric. I use my acrylics. The motif is raised and stiff because the paint is thick. It is an interesting effect.
TO STENCIL FABRIC
Stretch the fabric and tape it to a flat surface. Stencil as described above. The fabric color is the background color.
When the paint is thoroughly dry, in a week or two, it is waterproof. The walls can be washed. Washable fabric can be washed by hand or washed and dried in a washing machine and dryer. It can be ironed on the wrong side. My painting clothes end up so stiff with paint that I have to throw them away after many washings and dryings.
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