how to do mandala stencils
HANDY TIPS FOR HOW TO USE MANDALA STENCILS
1.Before commencing any Mandala Stencil it is important to ensure your surface is properly prepared. For the best result, try and get your stencil surfaces as clean and smooth as possible. An uneven or dusty surface may result in blurry lines and edges
2.For outdoor surfaces such as decks, patios or wooden furniture, you may find it helpful to need lightly sand the surface or if on concrete, give the area a good sweep to eliminate loose stones and debris.
3.Test! Test! Test!…Always test your technique on some scrap paper cardboard or paper prior to applying to the final surface
4.Although not necessary if you are applying your stencil to concrete.We usually suggest purchasing re-positional adhesive spray, which is available from any craft store or paint specialist store. A re-positional adhesive spray can be sprayed to the back of your stencil and easily cleaned, allowing you to still use your stencil numerous times.
5.Once positioned it helps to use a roller roll over the stencil to ensure it evenly adheres to the intended surface.
6.Plastic sheets are extremely handy to protect from over spray. These can be purchased from most local hardware stores and can be cut down to the size of each side of your stencils and can be easier to use than old newspapers.
7.An ideal medium for semi permanent use on outdoor decks and concrete is to use line marking chalk spray. (It is removable if you make a mistake) Shake can and spray in short bursts (making sure you are spraying directly down onto the stencil and not from a side angle) Remember to build up colour with multiple light sprays rather than one single heavy coat which will often smudge or run.
8.Always remember less is more. If you use too much paint you will run the risk of “bleed” behind your stencil and your pattern will be ruined.