A How to Guide for Stencil by the Yard Stencils – Oak Lane Studio

A How to Guide for Stencil by the Yard Stencils


Super Speedy - Roll the design on with one color


Speedy - Sponge the design using multiple colors


Standard - Use stencil brushes and Spill Proof™ Stencil Paint. This method offers the most detail.


General How to Stencil Instructions for all three methods of paint application.

1. Surface to be stenciled should be clean and painted with a non-glossy paint. Prewash fabrics.

2. Optional - Lightly spray the back of the stencil with repositionable spray adhesive. The alternative is to tape your stencil in place.

3. Mark pencil dots in the triangle registrations. Cover text and triangles with tape before applying paint with a roller or a sponge.

4. Practice stenciling on paper. These prints can then be taped in place to check design placement and color.

5. Clean stencil frequently to avoid paint buildup. For water based paints use a damp sponge, make sure the stencil is dry before continuing. For Spill Proof® stencil paint, you may use a dry paper towel to wipe off the paint while it is still moist.


How to Roll the Stencils by the Yard
Roll a 3" (approx.) low nap or foam roller in acrylic or latex paint. 
Run roller over several layers of paper towel to remove excess paint. The roller should be almost dry.
Roll paint over cutout areas of the stencil. Make sure to cover the triangle registration marks and text on the stencil with masking tape so the paint doesn't go through those areas.

How to Sponge the Stencils by the Yard
Wet a small piece of a natural sea sponge with water and wring out the excess. (Sponge should be damp not soaked.) Dab sponge in paint.

Blot excess paint off of the sponge onto paper towels. The sponge should be almost dry.

Sponge paint over cutout areas of the stencil. Make sure to cover the triangle registration marks and text on the stencil with masking tape so the paint doesn't go through those areas.

How to Stencil the Stencils by the Yard
Remove the protective skim coat which forms on the top of Spill Proof® stencil paint. Swirl your stencil brush in the paint.

Blot excess paint off of the brush onto paper towels. The brush should be almost dry.

Stencil paint over cutout areas of the stencil.