Letters & words stencils
Regular price $30.95
Juliana’s Alphabet letters & Words furniture and wall paint Stencils are made from semi-rigid easy cleaning plastic. They are designed to be taped to the furniture or wall with a delicate (easy removing) masking tape. They are popular with the Da Vinci Chalk paint range but can be used with any paint finish.
(please note different stencils have different prices. select stencil on drop down menu for price)
Here's how to stencil
Tools you will need
1 A Juliana stencil
2. Acrylic paint (including base coat paint)
3.Stencil Brush, Foam Roller or Foam dabber
4. Paint tray or paint container
5. Low tack painter's tape
6. Paper towels or rag, cleaning tools & liquid soap
7.Ruler, measuring tape or level
Before you start
Work out your technique and colour combinations with a sample first. It is always a good idea to make a sample. Use a wall in the garage, a piece of cardboard, as your sample surface. Make sure you like your colour combinations and are comfortable with your stencilling technique before hitting the real wall!
Make sure your walls are clean, dust free and in good condition. Any cracks or chips should be repaired, filled, primed and painted prior to stenciling. Apply your Base coat o surface in your desired acrylic colour . You'll need at least 2 coats of base coat for good coverage. Your
base coat should be fully dried for at least 24 hours prior to stenciling otherwise tape will damage your paint.
Using the stencil
Position Stencil on the wall and tape it to the surface with a few pieces of low tack painters tape. Do not use regular masking tape because it's way too sticky for most painted surfaces and will likely pull off paint .Use a level or tape measure for even spacing and work out positions of your stencils before beginning.
Now pour some acrylic onto a foam plate or ice cream container lid. You don't need much, about 2-3 tablespoons of paint is enough. Have your dense foam roller (or stencil brush) ready. It is better to apply too little than too much paint. Now blot off the excess paint on a folded paper
towel by rolling it back and forth a couple times. There should be no visible paint on the roller surface; it should look almost dry. .
STENCILING WITH A ROLLER
Roll the stencil with your roller using light pressure, or lightly dab with stencil brush or sponge dabber. pushing hard may cause paint seepage under the stencil. Be careful not to roll over or brush over the outside edges of the stencil!
You can easily check how you're doing by carefully un-taping and lifting one corner of the stencil and taking a peek. Do you like what you see? Is it enough pressure or can it use a little more paint. Now remove the stencil and enjoy your artwork! A note for the impatient: Don't
just yank the taped stencil off the wall! It's always a good idea to remove it somewhat slowly so the tape doesn't accidentally pull off any background paint. Continue stenciling by re-positioning the Stencil until all walls are done. Place the stencil by eye, trying to keep a similar distance between repeats. No need to clean the stencil in between repeats. Each stencil is good for
many repeats before it will need to be cleaned(just wipe between uses)
Don't avoid edges of the wall when you stencil. As with wallpaper, the best look is when your pattern is cut off at the ceiling and floor. Tape off the area at the ceiling or floor with a piece of delicate tape. Position the stencil so it overlaps the edge, secure it with tape and roll it or brush
right into the crease. If you want to get all the detail at the crease, use a stencil brush with a little paint and a dabbing motion.
NEED A BREAK?
If you need to take a break from stenciling in the middle of the project, just cover your paint tray with plastic wrap, and tightly wrap a piece of plastic or foil around the roller or brush to prevent the paint from drying out.
When you're ready to re-decorate, lightly sand your walls and simply roll 2 coats of wall paint over your stencilling and it's gone.
Usually it's enough to just wipe off a fresh mistake with a wet cloth or baby wipe It is always a good idea to have some base coat paint at hand in case you need to correct bigger mistakes. In this case, just re-roll or brush your base coat over a dry mistake. It may take 2 coats to cover.
Let it dry completely and now you're ready to re-stencil the area. About seepage and imperfections: Even with a proper loaded roller and correct technique you might get
some minor seepage here and there. In most cases it's not noticeable, especially from a couple of feet away and it can be easily touched up with a small brush. Don't forget that you're creating a "hand-painted wall finish". A few imperfections and some paint seepage here and there are
natural and inevitable for this type of work.