We think acrylic paint in tubes has the perfect consistency for stencilling. Choose a colour that both stands out and compliments your project's main colour.
Squeeze out a little paint onto a plastic tray (or old plate!). We find triangular cosmetic sponges are perfect paint applicators, so get hold of these if you can.
Then, dab the sponge into the paint.
Place your stencil on the surface.
Use a low tack repositionable adhesive or blue masking tape to secure the stencil in position and help to prevent bleed-through.
This step is the most important. Dab almost all the excess paint from the sponge onto a paper towel.
This helps to prevent bleed-through, which occurs when your sponge or brush is overloaded with paint.
Carefully dab the paint onto the desired surface through the stencil.
Apply the paint with light, steady motions to ensure even and homogenous paintwork.
Peel away the stencil to reveal your brand new creation!
You can gently wash your barleycorn vintage stencil in water or other solvent, and keep in the original packaging to prevent damage.