How to stencil using a brush

In this tutorial we are going to be covering the basics of stencilling using a stencil brush. Brushes are great for smaller stencils and stencil projects.

With a brush you also have more hands on control of the paint and can achieve effects such as shading and blending. In this tutorial we are going to be painting our XS flamingo stencil using block colour and the stippling technique. 

Okay so what tools do we need for a basic stencilling project?

- Stencil (from ideal stencils)
- Stencilling brush
- Paint (acrylic, emulsion, NOT cheap and watery poster paints)
- A polystyrene or similar plate to put the paint on
- Something to adhere the stencil to the surface – repositionable spray mount/low tack tape
- Kitchen roll to off load your stencil brush
- OPTIONAL – Pencil, spirit level, fine line touch up brush

Top things to remember for crisp stencilled images:

- Use repositionable spray mount for best results
- Don’t have to much paint on your brush (you can always add more if necessary)
- Stipple in from the edges of the cut out areas
- Use a decent quality paint – acrylics, emulsions NOT cheap kids poster paints.

Stencilling is fun and easy, and what you want to use them for is entirely up to you. They have many uses, but this brush technique is the same whatever you are painting.