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Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Better Craft -

• Paint Acrylic and chalk paints are suit­able for sten­cilling onto wood and pa­per. If us­ing acrylic on fab­ric, you will need to add a fab­ric medium. • Sea sponges Used for dab­bing paint onto the cut-out area of a sten­cil. • Sten­cil brush The flat top of this brush makes it ideal for stip­pling. • Chalk paint­brush These big­ger brushes hold a large amount of paint and are ideal when work­ing with large sten­cils.

• Sponge roller Best when sten­cilling large cut-out ar­eas of a sten­cil. • Pure bris­tle n22 Shaped to a point, this brush is per­fect for work­ing paint into in­tri­cate de­tailed ar­eas and tight cor­ners.

• House­hold paint­brush Take care to only use the flat end of this type of brush to dab or swirl paint onto a sten­cil.

Re­fresh an old chair with a coat of vi­brant yel­low chalk paint and sten­cil a laven­der sprig on the chair back as an ac­cent. Turn a tim­ber tool­box you’ve had for years into a rus­tic cen­tre­piece for your ta­ble. You can use al­pha­bet sten­cils for text or...

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