Stencil Ease Tutorials : Sculpture Stencils How-to Guide
Sculpture Stencils How-to Guide
By Stencil Ease
Important: Practice first on poster board, cardboard or a piece of paper.
Where to Start:
We suggest that you start by practicing your stenciling technique on poster board, cardboard or a piece of paper. This is a very important first step so that you feel comfortable with using the Sculpture Stencil™ and Stencil or Crackle Paste. If you do make a mistake, remember you can scrape off the paste with a putty knife, wipe the stencil and reuse the paste. Once you have practiced a few sections of the stencil and are comfortable with your results, you should be ready to begin.
1) Determine area to be stenciled. (Stencil Paste and Crackle Paste can be applied to almost any surface except oily surfaces). Carefully cut desired section from the stencil using scissors. You can cut along the "stitched" marks or cut the element as you like (see figure 1).
2) If you are stenciling a border, mark a level line or chalk line on the surface where you wish to begin stenciling (see figure 2).
3) Spray back of stencil with repositionable stencil adhesive spray. Let spray dry for one minute before sticking to surface.
4) Place painters tape along outside edges of stencil to prevent paste from going onto unwanted areas. You are now ready to apply the paste.
5) Using the 1 ½" putty knife, scoop some paste out of the jar (see step 1). Depending on the size of the stencil pattern, you may want to transfer the paste to the 3" or 6" blade. The larger the design of the stencil, the larger the putty knife you will need.
6) Spread paste smoothly over design, holding tool at slight angle (45 degrees) over stencil. Pull in several directions to level paste over pattern. For a thinner raised pattern, scrape paste off to level of stencil. For a thicker raised edge, leave 1/32" to 1/16" of paste on top of the stencil.
7) Slowly lift stencil off surface being decorated. If you make a mistake you can easily scrape the paste off of smooth surfaces immediately with putty knife and try again. Allow paste to dry 2-3 hours if you choose to paint over the design. Paste will dry completely overnight.
8) If a continuous border is desired, mark the surface at the right or left edge (depending on the direction of the repeat) using the edge of the stencil as a guideline. Move the stencil to the repeat position by lining up the marks with the edge of the stencil (see figure 3).
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