(Materials: stencils, rags, brushes, tape, acrylic paint)
- Choose a theme for stencil mural project. (theme for Fishtown – “Aquatic Life”)
- Choose specific location and decide how stencils will fit space. (We have small stencils designed specifically for painting over benches and bigger ones for walls)
- Brainstorm ideas, pick stencils and colors to work together and arrange to make pattern.
- Experiment and personalize your stencil adding dots or stripes or freehand details. Be creative: a hand-print as a tail can be added to an oval stencil to make a fun fish.
- If you have a more complex stencil design, you may want to paint each section of a stencil with a different color. Take care so wet paint does not get on the under side of stencil paper.
- To overlay multiple stencils you will need to plan one stencil paper for each color you use. One for the background, one as a silhouette for shape, and one or more for details or specific area color choices. Just be careful to wait for each color to dry (approximately 20 minutes).
- Painting with a stencil is easiest with an extra pair of hands holding stencil flat against surface! Tape can also be used to hold stencil in place on smooth surfaces.
- We recommend dabbing paint with a rag or using an almost dry paintbrush carefully working and pushing paint away from paper edges.