Can I stencil on a textured wall?

In general, it's possible to stencil over textured surfaces, however it depends on the roughness of your texture and your desired outcome.

Some textures out there are really rough, with huge "peaks and valleys" and if this is your case I would say that stenciling may not be an option. However, there are light to medium textures out there that are very suitable for stenciling. We have done many faux frescoes for customers with our stencils and this technique actually requires applying a textured plaster background first and then stenciling on top of it. Of course organic stencil designs such as leaves and branches are more forgiving than a designs that have straight lines and perfect edges.

With textures it is especially important that you put very little paint on your brush and always off-load it onto a paper towel. Use a rubbing/dabbing motion while stenciling and try not to force the paint under the edges of the stencil. You can also use a dense foam roller but make sure that you off load it onto some paper towels so that it is relatively dry. Use very little paint and don't press hard on the roller to avoid seepage. Using spray adhesive can also help a to prevent seepage of paint under the stencils. We love Elmer's re-positionable spray adhesive but any most re-positionable spray adhesives are fine. Always make a sample first or try stenciling a small area in a corner somewhere and immediately wipe it off with a moist baby wipe. Also, it's good to remember that using high contrast colors (like black over white) is much less forgiving than using colors that are similar to each other.

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