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Tips for Using a Stencil

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Stencils can enhance any wall.

Stenciling is a great way to add some design to a wall without having to deal with pesky wallpaper. Stenciling isn't always easy to do, especially if you've never used a stencil before. That is why, in our last blog, we gave you a few tips for using a stencil. To recap, we talked about using the right tools, practicing the proper technique and not overdoing it with your Modern Masters metallic paint. The following is a list of our last few stenciling tips:

#4. Use several thin coats instead of one thick coat.

When painting your stencil, don't make your paint too thick. You will end up with a much better result if you paint on a thin layer, let it dry and then paint another thin layer. Do this until you get the desired effect. 

#5. Start on a small, unnoticeable part of the wall. 

To get a clear picture of what the end result will look like, practice stenciling on a small, unnoticeable part of your wall. This will help you to perfect your stenciling technique without having your mistakes displayed for the whole world to see.

#6. Wash off your stencil every so often.

If you are using the same stencil over and over again on your walls, ensure that you wash it off regularly with warm water. This will prevent paint from building up under the edges. Obviously, you don't want to wash paper stencils, so if you plan to make a repeat design, choose an acetate stencil.