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Roller Stenciling

Roller Stenciling

It's perfect if you are stenciling on a dark colored wall or stenciling a white picket fence or if you are using our scallop shield.

It's quick and it's . . . the easy way to Decorate With Paint!



Roller stenciling uses a foam sponge roller with a tapered edge. The first step is to cover two old cookie sheets with aluminum foil. Squeeze a generous amount of acrylic paint (in a line across the short width of the tray) on one cookie sheet. Wet your sponge roller and squeeze out the excess water. The roller should feel damp, not wet. Roll back and forth through the line of paint until the roller is evenly coated. Use the second cookie sheet to "off-load" the roller. You are simply pushing the paint into the roller. Before going to the wall, be sure to look at the roller. It should look dry. Like regular stenciling you never want to go to the wall with wet paint. If you see wet paint, you have too much and should continue rolling on the 2nd cookie sheet until the roller looks dry.

We recommend that you use stencil spray adhesive when roller stenciling. The spray adhesive will make the stencil stick to the wall like a post-it note. It holds the stencil firmly in position to prevent paint from seeping underneath the edges. When you use stencil spray adhesive it makes the stencil useable on only one side. If you need to reverse the stencil, (flip it over) we suggest purchasing two stencils. Please note: our new scallop shield stencils already have a sticky back.

With the stencil in place, begin rolling in the cut out areas of the stencil. Unlike stenciling with a brush, this is a solid coverage so you may begin in the center of the cutout and work your way to the edges. Roll back and forth until you have covered the entire area, reloading the roller when necessary. The amount of pressure that you apply to the roller determines how much paint hits the wall. Gently remove the stencil. Repeat this technique with each layer of the stencil. After you have completed stenciling, reposition the stencil and shade with a brush. If you are stenciling with the scallop or wavy shield, place the shield on the wall, and use the roller to cut in the stencil edge with the wall paint. Once you have that area cut in, you can use a regular paint roller to finish the rest of the wall.

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