Fast Tips for Crisp Stencil Edges

I just got a great question via email and having sent the answer off, thought you might like to hear it too.
 
The question was about how to get crisp edges when using stencils and did I have any tips?
 
My Answer:
I’ll make an assumption that you’re having a problem with the edges when you use paint with a stencil – that’s the most common medium that causes problems. My experience has been there are two things that may be at fault: the application tool being too wet and the stencil moving around.
 
First, the application tool. Paint is inherently wet and stenciling is an inherently dry art form – thus the smudgy edges. I’ve found that using a sponge applicator (either a cosmetic wedge or special purpose sponge brush) is a better way to apply paint. Brushes are difficult to get dry enough and often “push” the paint under the stencil edges.
The trick with using a sponge is to dip it into the paint and then dab most of it right back off until the sponge is barely damp with paint. Then gently tap it onto the area straight up and down. Of course, it may take more than one coat to get the color build-up you want, but the edges will be crisp and, personally, I like the look of the differences in coverage – it gives the work a more lively quality.
 
Second, the stencil itself. If the stencil moves while you’re painting, the edges will smear. If you’re working on a project that allows, go ahead and tape the edges of the stencil down with low-tack blue tape. That will keep everything in place for the duration of the project.
But, if you’re like me and move that stencil around to get different angles, that won’t work. In that case, I hold the working area down firmly with one hand (up close to where I’m working) and apply paint with the other. One other tip with this is to gently twist your wrist as you lift the sponge so it doesn’t pull the stencil up with it. It takes a few times of practicing but it really does keep that stencil down so the edges stay secure. Finally, be sure to wait long enough before picking the stencil back up – it shouldn’t be long at all if the application was dry enough.
Now, this is just my experience and your results may vary – do you have something that’s worked for you?
Try out your stencil technique with this Paper Lantern Stencil in the shop!

Happy Friday – Special Digital Printable Card Bundle – Alice, Shells and Florals

Happy Friday – Special Digital Printable Card Bundle – Alice, Shells and Florals

Happy Friday!

It’s time to share this week’s bundle special. I heard you saying that a weekend wasn’t long enough, so special bundles will now be available for the whole week.

This pretty bundle has all your favorites on printable cards ready to make your journal and papercraft projects special. Each one is ready to print on letter size paper, then just cut them out and embellish!

You get all three card sets for the price of two! Best of all, they are ready to download immediately – no waiting!

Introducing the Shiny Designs Designer Debut Program

Shiny Designs Designer Program

The Shiny Designs Designer Debut Program

If you’re a digital designer interested in stepping up your game, the Shiny Designs Designer Debut Program is for you. Don’t worry, you don’t need a ton of experience packaging and selling your designs – you just need mad design skills and a passion for learning.

As a member of the Designer Debut Program, you’ll learn how to plan product collections, workflow tips and tricks, how to perfectly package the actual product, marketing and promotion ideas and so much more from a successful, experienced designer. No more fumbling around in the dark, wondering if you’re doing it right.

Best of all – you’ll earn an industry standard commission on your sales! You’ll get a monthly payment for your skills and talent. Just head on over to the Designer Program Information Page to learn more and sign up!

Nervous About Sharing Your Art?

Don’t be nervous about sharing your art – we’re all friends here.

It can be scary to share your art – especially if you’re just starting out. I want you to have the joy of creating and sharing without the fear of negativity, so I made a place for that.

Come join the Shiny Designs Creative Team .  It’s for art and journal enthusiasts of all types and skills.

It’s designed to be a welcoming place to share and expand your creative work as well as be the first to see new products and get special discounts as part of a private group.

I’m personally involved and will be answering questions and keeping an eye on things.

Just go to this page, enter your email address and click submit. Then, you’ll receive an email with the link to the private Facebook group and your first discount code for 10% off the entire shop.

We’re just getting started, but don’t wait – we’re making art right now and would love to see you!

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Easy Painted Backgrounds – No Brush Clean up!

Painted Background Shiny Designs

Yep, it’s true! Watch this short demo on how to make these gorgeous multi-color backgrounds without having to clean up even ONE brush.

 

Paper Ephemera Packs – Ready to Ship – Flat Rate $1.99 Total


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