3. Choose your paint color(s) and squirt a bit onto your paper plate. I used basic acrylic craft paint that you can find at any craft supply store. Dip your stencil brush lightly into the paint so that just the tips of the bristles get some paint on them, and swirl your brush around on the paper plate a few times. Next, swirl your brush onto the paper towels to remove even more of the paint.
When it seems like you wiped off too much paint? That’s when you’re ready to begin! Although I’ve read that advice before, and had thought I’d done exactly that in prior stenciling projects, it wasn’t until I had Janna watching me that I learned I was still using too much paint. You truly don’t need your brush to be loaded with paint at all. A little bit goes a long way. Literally.
Here’s Janna (with Michelle who runs all things social media for Cutting Edge Stencils and is super nice!) demonstrating how to stencil.
4. Begin stenciling with your first color. I chose a mustard shade for the center of the zinnia, and began happily pouncing away at that center area, like you see in the action shot I successfully took with my left hand. I pounced and I pounced and geez it was taking quite some time to get the color going onto the canvas…
Until Janna rescued my poor stencil brush from the accidental abuse I was giving it.
That’s Jen from City Farmhouse (far left) and Laura from Finding Home working next to me. Below are their canvas totes and workspace. See those green circle “thingies” on the table? I’ll tell you what those are shortly!
There was inspiration to be found everywhere at Cutting Edge Stencils, and the ladies room was no exception! Imagine my surprise when I saw these stenciled shower curtains with the same zinnia stencil! Nobody even questioned me when I exited the ladies room, grabbed my camera, and went right back into the ladies room and closed the door to snap these pics!