Even though using stencils seems simple, you will always find a difference in the quality of the finish achieved by the professionals and you. The pros seem to know how to get it right, and they don’t always reveal their techniques. Some secret tips and tricks used by professional decorators:

Buy Good Paint and Stencil Brushes

It can be tempting to try to save on the cost by buying cheap paints but generally, they will be watery and tend to bleed under your stencil and spoil the result. It is important to buy good-quality paints from reputed manufacturers as they are appropriately viscous and easy to spread with your brush. You must also use brushes specifically-made for stenciling. They are flat and have round heads that make the application of the paint easier. Buying brushes of various sizes gives you more freedom to achieve a better finish and work with multiple colors.

Stay Away From Geometric Designs If You Are a Novice

It is best if you avoid geometric designs unless you are proficient in painting stencils. It is better to use an abstract design because even if you make a mistake, it will not be as noticeable. When you are stenciling an abstract design, if you slip up and fail to align the small stencils properly, nobody will know. However, with a geometric design, it will immediately be noticeable. However, if you fancy a geometric design, it can be a good idea to practice painting on paper before trying out the wall.

Use Low-Tack Adhesive to Fix the Stencil

You should never attempt to paint when holding the stencil with one hand and the brush with the other. Invariably, the stencil will move and ruin the results. You should use a spray adhesive on the back of the stencil or even painter’s tape to keep it in place. The best place to start is the upper left-hand corner of the wall. After completing that patch, you can keep progressing sideways or downwards till you cover the entire wall.

Use Less Paint and Allow the Section to Dry Before Moving the Stencil

The trick to making your stencil painting project pop is to use the least amount of paint on your brush. When there is too much paint on your brush, you run the risk of the paint bleeding under the stencil and spoiling your design. The best way of ensuring a dry brush is to dip the brush into the paint, wipe off the excess paint using the rim of the paint can, and then a paper towel until the brush has minimal paint on it. You can always apply more layers if needed. According to Whipper Berry, it is prudent to wait for around 15 minutes before unpeeling your stencil and moving it to the next section to allow the paint to dry.


Painting stencils requires sound knowledge of the technique and oodles of patience. You need to approach the project with care and not overdo it. Simple tips like using good quality paint and brushes, applying less paint, and allowing time for the paint to dry will get you professional-quality good results.


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