Here’s how

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STEP 1 Po­si­tion sten­cil de­sign over ac­etate or card, sit­ting on cut­ting mat. To pre­vent move­ment, it helps if you tape cor­ners of de­sign in place with mask­ing tape. Us­ing scalpel, be­gin cut­ting de­sign, fol­low­ing printed out­line. Ro­tate sten­cil as you cut so you're al­ways cut­ting at an easy an­gle. Once you have cut de­sign, tidy up any rough edges with scalpel. STEP 2 Spray back of sten­cil with repo­si­tion­able spray ad­he­sive. Work out po­si­tion­ing of sten­cil on de­sired item and press in place. Dip tip of dry sten­cil brush into paint. Im­me­di­ately dab brush onto blot­ting pa­per (at right an­gles to it) and swirl the brush. This distribute­s paint evenly up the bris­tles and cre­ates an al­most ‘dry brush’. It’s im­por­tant brush is not over­loaded or drip­ping with paint. Ap­ply paint by stip­pling/ dab­bing the brush straight up and down, start­ing around sten­cil edges and sweep­ing into cut-out area be­fore fill­ing in all ar­eas that need paint cov­er­age. STEP 3 Care­fully pull off sten­cil to re­veal your de­sign. Leave to dry.

US­ING A ROLLER

The same steps ap­ply if us­ing a roller. Load the roller with paint, roll to blot ex­cess paint then pro­ceed to sten­cil.

STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 Us­ing a roller

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