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.