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The Ultimate Stenciling Quiz
by Staff
Using a stencil to form simple or intricate patterns is a technique that has existed for centuries. Armed with your imagination and the proper equipment, you can create an unlimited number of dynamic designs. From books and bookshelves to walls and wallets, you can make a stenciled design on just about anything. Take the quiz and find out how to turn ordinary items into your creative canvas.

Which of the following statements is true?

  • Stenciling is an old technique.
  • Stenciling is a recent invention.
  • Stenciling was inspired by the computer generation.

Stenciling involves which of the following methods?

  • Make a pen sketch of a design and paste it to any surface.
  • Apply paint to any surface through a cut-out design.
  • Photocopy a design and affix it to any surface.

Stencils are generally made from what material?

  • Mylar
  • Myanmar
  • Madagascar

What are the two basic types of stencils?

  • single overlay and double overlay
  • single overlay and multiple overlay
  • single overlay and polyoverlay

In a stencil, what are bridges?

  • the spaces between each part of a single-overlay stencil
  • the connections between one stencil to another
  • the little tacks that hold the stencil to the surface

In stenciling, what is a registration mark?

  • the name of the design
  • the stencil manufacturer’s seal of approval
  • the small hole in the side of the stencil

What does a typical stencil brush look like?

  • It has short, stiff bristles that are all the same length.
  • It has soft hairs that are long and thin.
  • It has a roller at the end of it.

Why would you need to use more than one stencil brush?

  • one for each layer
  • one for each color
  • one for each day of the week

What is the recommended ratio of the brush size to the size of the area to be painted?

  • half the size
  • three-quarters the size
  • twice the size

In stenciling, what is a repeat?

  • the length of the stencil design
  • the use of the same stencil design on different items
  • the error you make in stenciling that requires redoing

Why do you have to prime metal before painting on it?

  • because the paint will not adhere to the surface
  • because you will get a richer, deeper color
  • because the paint will corrode the metal

When stenciling, what happens if there is too much paint on the brush?

  • The paint seeps under the stencil and spoils the effect.
  • You achieve a raised, globular effect.
  • The paint drips on the floor before you even get to work on the stencil.

What are the two basic painting techniques you can use with a stencil brush?

  • tippling and twirling
  • toppling and scrolling
  • stippling and swirling

How do you create shading with just one color?

  • Apply more paint around the edges.
  • Start on the outside edges and work into the center.
  • With a paper towel, rub away the paint from the center of the design.

When you’re making a repeat pattern with a multiple-overlay stencil, how should you proceed?

  • Work the entire area with the first overlay and then go back with the next layer, and then the next.
  • Complete each multiple overlay at a time.
  • Call in a handyman to do the job and take a coffee break.

If you’re making your own stencil out of thick paper, what should you treat the paper with to make it waterproof?

  • cottonseed oil
  • flaxseed oil
  • linseed oil

When not in use, how should a stencil be stored?

  • flat
  • rolled up
  • folded up

If you don't have painter's tape, how you can make standard masking tape a little less adhesive?

  • Stick it to your shirt or blouse before putting it on the stencil.
  • Put it under hot water.
  • Pass an ice cube over it.

What are the two basic kinds of paint used in stenciling?

  • matte and glossy
  • acrylic and oil
  • metal and lacquer

When painting stencils onto glass dishes, where should you place the design?

  • in the center of the plates
  • on the edges of the plates
  • on the bottom of the plates