The "Fish School" Craft stencil
is a great way to add a little beach house décor to any room or area in your home. This stencil pattern is great for those smaller DIY stencil projects. Nautical designs are a great way to bring comfort and class to your décor and stencils make it easy and fun!
Our trendy craft stencils
are great for creating your
own designer stenciled pillows or curtains. Upcycle a garage sale furniture
find by giving it a modern stenciled designer look . Creativity doesn't end there: try stenciling
lamp shades, kitchen backsplashes, doors, table tops, picture and
mirror frames or create your own work of art on pre-stretched canvas.
Decorative possibilities are endless with these versatile reusable
Although usually it is not necessary to use spray adhesive with
, adhesive can very helpful if you
want to minimize paint seepage or are using high
contrasting colors. (regular Elmer's spray adhesive
be the best). Make sure you shake the can well and lightly mist (not
drench) the stencil
, and let it dry for a moment before positioning it. This step will prevent the adhesive residue transferring
to your surface. You'll need to re-mist the stencil after a few repeats.
Clean-up tip: Spray the stencil with Simple Green to help to remove
adhesive residue.When stenciling on
you want to insure good adhesion. If the piece has a varnish or a
glossy finish you'll need to break the sheen. You can do this with a scotch
brite pad, steel wool or fine grit sandpaper. Lightly sand the surface and then
wipe down the piece with a damp cloth or paper towel. Next, basecoat the piece if you
want to change the overall color. Most acrylic and latex paints work well, but to insure good adhesion
you may want to use an adhesive primer such as Stix or Zinnser 1*2*3. These primers
can even be tinted to the color you want. After your primer/basecoat is dry you
can start stenciling
with whatever paint you like. FolkArt acrylics and Benjamin Moore paints
work great. You can just tape your stencils
with pieces of blue painters tape, or use spray adhesive for a crisper look. If you
want to protect your artwork, you could then topcoat the table with a clear
topcoat (spray or brush-on).When stenciling on fabric
, stencil adhesive
is very helpful. First, tape your ironed fabric to the surface so it
move around while you stencil. Use stencil brushes
, or dense foam roller
, and add
some textile medium (sold in craft stores) to your acrylic paint. You
can also get a special fabric paint, but, frankly, good craft acrylics
with a dollop of textile medium work just as well, and cost way less
Textile medium is optional: it only makes the acrylic paint more
flexible when it dries, which is important for wearables like t-shirts
but not so much for pillows and curtains. Complete the stenciling
let it dry fully, 24 hours is best, then
heat-set it by ironing the fabric for about 20 sec. ( more or less) on
a LOW setting through the piece of cloth. Heat-setting will cure the
paint and will prevent it from being washed off in the washing machine.
Always experiment first stenciling on a sample of your fabric to ensure good
results. I've stenciled on silk, cotton, linen and even sheer fabrics
with great results. It's always better if your fabric doesn't have too
Please make sure you watch our short step-by-step Video Tutorials!
find them extremely helpful for your stenciling project. While prior
experience is helpful when working with repeat interlocking stencils,
even beginners get great results!
Need some stencil inspiration or looking for stencil room ideas? Check our our Stencil Stories Blog
it's packed with expert stenciling advice for DIY decor, illustrated
step-by-step tutorials, room ideas and style advice and color
Decorating in Beach style? Check out our entire
Beach Decor Stencil collection for more ideas for that breezy, beach
house vibe you're trying to bring to your room!
Our wall stencils
are made out of durable 12 mil clear plastic
stencil material. This material is strong but flexible, reusable and
easy to clean. We love it so much more than standard 5-8 mil Mylar!
It's not brittle, user friendly and just so easy to work with. In our
many years of professional stenciling this material has proven to be
far superior in quality to any other stencil material we used. Our customers love
it too, and we are sure that you'll notice the difference! Our stencils
will last a long time and are a pleasure to use.