Before using a stencil, we must apply a repositionable adhesive on the back. We can choose the liquid version that is applied with a classic brush or with a sponge brush, or maybe we can choose the spray version.

    Repositionable or removable adhesives are very useful when we want to use stencils and we want to get the best results. These adhesives are applied on the back of the stencils and after drying a very thin layer is created which makes the stencil repositionable.

The repositionable adhesive applied on the back of the stencil prevents the color from spreading but also the stencil from slipping during application. This adhesive is very useful especially when working with very glossy surfaces such as glass, ceramic wall and floor tiles. But it also works quite well on textiles or wood.

    Repositionable adhesives can be applied with a fine brush or we can choose the Spray option. After applying the adhesive on the back of the stencil, leave it to dry according to the instructions on the product.

    After preparing the stencil, it can be used in new projects.

    Stencils have different application techniques and this is because we have to take into account the surface on which they are applied, the size of the object, which we want to obtain in the end. In this article you will find some techniques for applying stencils but also the correct steps to follow.

Stencil application using the brush

When we want to use the brush, we must choose according to the stencil size. A brush with a smaller size is ideal for small details and a larger brush helps us finish a large stencil faster. The stencil brush is a round brush with very hard hair that "throws" color on it when we tampon the stencil. When we use the brush for the stencil, we do not brush with classic painting movements but we tampon the colors on the stencil. For a good result we must work carefully and have as little color as possible on the brush. This application technique is used for almost all kinds of surfaces and we will get very good results on textiles.

Applying stencils with a sponge

Applying the stencils using the sponge brush is identical to the one in which we use the stencil brush. One difference is that the sponge technique is much more sensitive and requires much more attention because the sponge can easily bring color under the stencil.

Spray stencil application

Applying stencils using colored sprays is done in open spaces, outside. It becomes a very easy and pleasant technique when we learn to master the use of Spray. It is applied from a distance (20 cm) and in very thin layers to avoid color leakage. As I said earlier, once we learn to use it correctly, it becomes the easiest technique to apply a stencil.

Applying templates using paint roller

The application of stencil with paint roller is generally done on walls or large surfaces (floors, large furniture). When using paint roller it is good to have one of the sponge. Use very little color on the rollers and do not press to avoid scattering colors.

Applying stencil with spatula (painting knife)

This technique is useful when we want to use embossed patterns using different pastes. This technique is generally used on rigid surfaces. You can apply structure pastes, colored pastes or pastes with special effects.

I hope this information has been useful to you and I wish you as much inspiration as possible in your projects.