How to Stencil Artwork!

Photos + Instructions


  • Picture Frame (from thrift store / recycled)
  • Drawing Paper (we used Strathmore’s 11″ x 14″)
  • Stencil
  • Stencil Brush
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Painter’s Tape
Our Egyptian Lotus Stencil framed. So easy to stencil artwork!
Dove Stencil - The Artful Stencil

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Easy stenciled artwork!

A happy customer, Karen G., wrote in a few years ago to say “I’m awestruck — your stencils are artwork!” and her lovely comment inspired today’s project: How to Stencil Artwork. Our artist, Joni Prittie, truly has designed works of art. We picked out some favorite stencils to paint and frame, to show off their detail and beauty. Our finished products are worthy of hanging on the wall, or giving away to friends and family as gifts!

We found today’s picture frames gathering dust under a bed. After carefully removing the artwork inside (which, while lovely, wasn’t inspiring us anymore) and digging up some large pieces of drawing paper that seemed thick enough to handle acrylic paint, we were ready to pick out some beautiful stencils. We chose our Egyptian Lotus Stencil, our Koi Stencil, our Owl Stencil, and our Hummingbird & Honeysuckle Stencil.

While we were picking out some favorite stencils that would fit in our frames, we noticed that some categories had an overabundance of stencils that would be perfect as stand-alone artwork pieces! We wanted to share them with you: our Art Nouveau Category, our Damask Category, our Rosemaling Category, our Victorian Cottage Category, our Wildlife Animals Category, our East Indian Category, our Folk Art Category, and our Flowers Category. You’ll find some showstoppers in these categories.

We hope you gain inspiration from today’s project, and stencil artwork for your home or to give away. It’s a joy to make something beautiful! Our stencils are reusable, so you can enjoy using them again and again, for all kinds of projects.

Project Pictures! (click photos to enlarge and read instructions)

Stenciling Tips

  1. Use painter’s tape to secure the stencil to the drawing paper.
  2. After coating your stencil brush in paint, dab until it is nearly dry on a piece of paper towel. Using a nearly dry brush will keep paint from bleeding under the stencil.
  3. Stencil using a “pouncing” motion, up and down. This technique also helps keep paint from bleeding under the stencil, giving you crisp, clean lines.
  4. Allow the paint to dry before removing the stencil.

Please note: Stencils are easier to use when they’re clean! If you’re using the same stencil multiple times in a row, clean smaller openings with a toothpick. After you’re done using the stencil, soak it in warm soapy water for easier removal of dried-on paint.

Thank you for stopping by the blog!

~Happy Stenciling~

Click here to Learn How to Stencil

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