The Ultimate Stenciling Quiz

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Which of the following statements is true?

Although stenciling is an age--old technique, modern applications allow for an even wider variety of creative styles.

Stenciling involves which of the following methods?

You can use the cut-out stencil for a one-time application or repeat the process to create an interesting pattern.

Stencils are generally made from what material?

Mylar is a stiff plastic that is easy to clean and is strong enough to be used repeatedly. Stencils can also be made from brass, acetate or coated paper.

What are the two basic types of stencils?

A single-overlay stencil is made up of one layer. A multiple overlay is made up of many layers, creating a richer and more realistic effect.

In a stencil, what are bridges?

The bridges between each part of a single-overlay stencil are what create the individual details that make up the design. With no bridges, all you would see is one big shape.

In stenciling, what is a registration mark?

Each small hole is marked with a pen or pencil. The registration marks are then used to line up the multiple stencil overlays with each other.

What does a typical stencil brush look like?

The most common applicators for stencils are stencil brushes. They come in a variety of sizes but all have short, stiff bristles. The handles can range from plastic to wood. It has short, stiff bristles that are all the same length.

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

It is preferable to have a different brush for each color you use. This will ensure that the colors don’t become muddy. It also helps you complete the task more quickly, because you don’t have to clean the brush every time you apply another color

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

A brush that is half the size of the area to be painted will help keep the paint in the correct areas without your having to cover over the rest of the stencil with masking tape.

In stenciling, what is a repeat?

Every stencil has a certain length, or repeat. To determine how many repeats you need to form a pattern within a certain space, measure the repeat, then divide the length of your space by the length of the repeat.

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

If you are using regular paint for metal, you must prime the item before painting it to ensure that the paint will stick to the surface. But to make life easier, there is a line of paint available that is designed to use on metal without priming.

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

To load the brush correctly so there is not too much paint on it, dip the flat tip into the paint, then twirl the brush on a paper towel until the brush feels dry.

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

Stippling involves tapping the brush up and down, creating many little dots with the bristles. The swirling technique entails making small circles to color in the spaces.

How do you create shading with just one color?

When you start on the outside edges of the opening and work into the center, it creates a dark, shadowed edge and a lighter center. This adds depth to your design without using other colors. To darken the color, put more pressure on the brush, but not more paint.

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

Working the entire area with the first overlay and then going back with the next layer allows the paint to dry before the next stencil goes over it, reducing the risk of smudging. With acrylic paints, though, you may be able to do each full stencil at one go, as the paint dries so quickly.

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

Linseed oil will render most types of thick paper waterproof. Other paper options to use for stenciling are cardstock and poster board.

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

Stencils should always be stored flat in a box or drawer. You can also hang a large stencil on a pants hanger. But if you roll, bend or fold a stencil, it will not lie flat the next time you try to use it.

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

Tape is the easiest way to stick a stencil to a surface. Low-adhesive tape works best, because it sticks well but won't harm the surface or pull off patches of paint when it is removed.

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

Acrylic paint dries quickly, cleans up with soap and water and comes in a wide variety of colors. Oil paint comes as crèmes and crayons. These take longer to dry, come in fewer colors than acrylics and are cleaned up with mineral spirits or brush cleaner.

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

Paint the bottom of the plates, not the areas that will come in contact with food. Paint meant for glass (and tile) comes in transparent colors for a stained-glass look, as well as opaque shades.

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About This Quiz

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.

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