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How to Use Our Martha Stewart Crafts Paint Stencils

How to Use the Adhesive Stencils
Paint with the Stencil
Tip: Practice your technique or check your color by first making a sample print on paper or scrap fabric. Use a straight edge and pencil to draw a guide line, if applicable. 

  1. Remove backing from stencil and set aside. Place stencil on surface. 
  2. Pour a small amount of paint on your paint palette. 
  3. Load paint sparingly on stencil brush, sponge, or pouncer. Dab off excess, then lightly tap or pounce on a thin layer of paint. Apply a second coat if necessary. Avoid overloading your brush or the extra paint may seep under the stencil.
  4. While paint is still wet, carefully peel stencil off.  
  5. Clean stencil with soap and water or Martha Stewart Crafts Brush & Stencil Cleaner. 
  6. Let dry. Attach stencil to backing and store. 

Clean Up
Wash all stencils, brushes, and tools immediately after use, before the paint dries. Use Martha Stewart Crafts Brush & Stencil Cleaner to remove dried paint. Repair torn stencils with transparent tape. Place tape on both sides of the tear and cut away the excess with a craft knife.

How to Use the Laser-Cut Stencils
Paint with the Stencil

  1. Place stencil on your surface and secure using tape. If using spray adhesive, spray stencil first, then place on surface. 
  2. Pour a small amount of paint onto your palette. Load paint sparingly on a stencil brush or sponge and dab off excess. Lightly dab on a thin layer of paint; apply a second coat if necessary. Paint all areas of one color on the stencil before moving on to the next.  
  3. While paint is still wet, carefully peel stencil off.  
  4. Continue painting areas of the stencil according to your design. Let the paint dry completely before placing another stencil (or color) over it. 

Clean Up
Wash all stencils, brushes, and tools immediately after use before the paint dries. Use Martha Stewart Crafts Brush & Stencil Cleaner to remove dried paint. Repair torn stencils with transparent tape. Place tape on both sides of the tear and cut away the excess with a craft knife.

Comments (2)

  • loisa 17 Apr, 2013

    You use a lace stencil, not an actual piece of lace. In the list of tools, click on 'Stencil'. This will take you to a link where you can purchase the stencil.

  • HeatherBS 8 Mar, 2013

    This doesn't really seem like enough information to complete these projects. With the openings in lace, you can't apply the paint on the lace directly on the project, the paint would fill in the gaps???? Or am I missing something here? For the wall art, is painted lace applied directly to the canvas or fabric first and then wrapped onto canvas? Would love to try these project.