Stencils are any materials with a design that can be cut from it. It has been developed to be used repeatedly for rapid reproduction of the same design. Stencil painting has been around for quite a long time already. They were quite common as a design for clothing. As the years passed, simple primitive stencils became quite sophisticated. On present day, it can be done in a variety of unique and personal designs and can be applied to more than just clothing.
The beauty of stencil painting is that anyone with a little imagination can do it. Also, the steps are very basic such that it can be prepared at home.
Spray painting a stencil is not as easy as it looks. Some controls must be observed and proper techniques must be applied to produce an equally painted material. If done correctly, spray painting might save you the time and effort of smudging and blotching to even things out.
There are a few things you must know about spray painting stencils if you want it properly done. If an image is supposed to have clean edges, it is best to stick the stencil to the surface of the material and apply homogenous pressure to the spray paint. This will give you an evenly colored image with clean edges. It is also beneficial to apply an adhesive to the back of the stencil to prevent it from moving and thus destroying the image. For clear images, place the stencil close to the surface of the background and for fuzzy images place it far from the background.
The material needed for spray painting stencils are cardboards, utility knife, tracing paper, glue or any adhesive, old newspapers and of courses spray paint.
There are really no recommended brands for the usage of spray paint and stencils, it is best to try out different brands and compare results. Look for the combination that suits you best. Remember that the nozzle of the spray paint that you choose does not malfunction because the quality of your painting depends on the nozzle.
If you have your materials ready, then the next thing you need is a surface or an object to paint on. Different surfaces require different techniques to achieve a desired spray painted stencil effect. After determining your surface, surround it with the old newspapers to minimize mess. Put on a safety gear such as goggles and mask then begin your project.
Place your design on your surface using an adhesive or glue. Secure your design such that it is in place for your desired effect and image. Place the can 8 to 10 inches away from the stencil. Spray paint in small bursts without pressing the nozzle for more than two seconds. Start spraying on the paper and move down to the stencil, stop spraying only when the image has been finished. Then begin with a different colour. Always hold the can upright and spray at a ninety degree angle.
Allow the paint to dry before you remove the stencil, do not touch it as it may smudge. When removing the stencil, lift it and do not drag it over your designed surface.
Try all sorts of designs and surfaces and get the hang out of spray painting your stencils!
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