Whether you’re printing textiles or creating street art, stencilling has a terrific range of applications that will always produce rewarding results. Though stencilling as a whole has been practiced as long as 35,000 years ago, today there’s a daunting collection of tools and techniques with which to find your particular talents. In this entry of the Eclectic at Home blog, we present the basics of decorating your home with our beginner’s guide to stencilling, particularly when using Autentico paints and their own range of stencils.

How Do You Decorate With Stencils?

With stencilling, you can print or transfer an existing design onto any surface, either as one large piece or as a repeated pattern. They can be overlapped or touched up with finishing highlights, and technique is equally applicable to ceramic tiles, floors and fabrics as it is your walls. Whatever you use for a pattern or canvas, stencils give off a lovely hand painted look that you’ll instantly want to perfect.

Whilst we understand that choosing the right paint for your wall or furniture is a huge task in of itself, it doesn't have to (nor should it!) be your last decorative consideration. With a huge range of stunning and shabby chic designs in the Autentico range alone, stencils are well worth considering as the final touch to your next paint job, especially when they’re now easier to apply than ever.

Stencilling is done by taking your stencil (which you can buy, or even print in your own home), and positioning it on your surface using an appropriate adhesive spray. Once you’ve ensured the design is nice and straight on the surface, stick it down, and ready your paints. Using an appropriate tool (which we’ll cover next), gently work over the stencil with your colour, using smooth movements and covering all areas. Repeat each part of the painting process for as many colours as you want, and then once finished, remove your stencil and enjoy watching the paint (and your new decorative pattern) dry!

What Will I Need for Stencilling?

For the most part, stencils require much of the same equipment as painting. You can use brushes for most general stencilling work, but the Autentico Superb pure bristle brush is uniquely suited for the job with its domed head and fine bristles. Rollers naturally work well for stencilling over large areas, but one tool you wouldn't normally use for decorating your wall is a sponge; ideal for a smooth finish and for a variety of visual effects.

Speaking of finishes, with the Autentico Terrapieno 3D Embossing Paste, you can create a remarkable three dimensional effect on your surface, one that resembles the indentures of intricate woodwork. To accompany this, the manufacturer also has a range of extra thick stencils that are designed to be used alongside the embossing paste to achieve that stand-out style.

Important Tips for Stencilling

Before you begin work on your first application, it’s worth keeping the following in mind:

  • Lettering doesn’t have to be difficult, but you need to make sure the surface it’s being applied to has completely dried (if it was recently painted). It’s also worth securing the stencil to a cardboard back for a more consistent result.
  • Respostional adhestive spray has made stencilling far less stressful, but it’s wise to practice a bit first so you don’t ruin your stencil. Always spray 8 inches away from the surface, allow one minute to dry and press down in various sections to ensure all is secured.
  • Autentico’s Metallic paint range can be used to give an added highlight to your stencil. It works with much the same technique, except you only need a little paint as these colours tend to be more fluid. Use on its own or combine with an Autentico paint of the same or similar shade.
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Post By Nicole Sage