Stenciling is the art of printing designs using stencils on
walls, furniture or floors. A combination of one or two different patterns
or colours in a light background gives the best results.
Stencils are readily available from shops and also can be made
from home. They can be made by drawing the design on ordinary paper and tracing
on to acetate paper and cutting out the design. Cut out holes in the design
for the paint to seep through and make the pattern on the wall. The stencils
made with acetate paper can be wiped clean and reused many times. If the stencil
is to be used over a large area cut out several ones at the same time.
Fix the acetate paper with the design, in place on the wall with masking tape.
Apply the enamel paint with the stencil brush, stippling it through the holes in
the stencil card. Leave to harden for a few minutes, then release the card and
place it in the next position. Continue until the stencil is complete. Allow to
Enamel paint is best
for stenciling, as it dries quickly. But on floors or furniture, after the paint
is completely dry, use polyurethane varnish, in several coats for protecting the