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How to Stencil Thickly with Stewart Gill Paints

(project technique copyright Rebecca Gill)

Applying the paint

  • Spray a light coating of temporary adhesive onto the reverse of the stencil.
  • Press the stencil glue-side down onto the fabric and pat gently into place.
  • Use the kitchen spatula to 'press' or 'wipe' the paint through the stencil.
  • The spatula should be held at a low, shallow angle to create best coverage.

 Remove excess paint

  • By raising the spatula to a more upright angle, you can scrape off the excess paint and return to the jar.
  • If the spatula is too straight-up, or the pressure is too hard, then you will scrape off all the paint.
  • Adjust the angle and pressure to suit the look you are after.

 Remove the stencil

  • Carefully peel off the stencil as soon as you have finished applying paint.
  • Place in a flat tray and soak in warm water to remove paint.

 Correct any mistakes

  • If you have any seepage, bleeding, or smudged mistakes - don't panic!
  • Keep a knife, or tweezers handy and remove the paint immediately by scraping off with the sharp implement.
  • Be careful not to damage the fabric surface.
  • Allow paint to dry naturally for several hours (preferably overnight) before heat fixing and washing.
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