Multi-Color Stencil Treatment Part 1: Applying the Stencil

Posted January 12 2012

It’s easy to work multiple colors into a stencil pattern when using stencil brushes. The amount of control that stencil brushes provide means that you can isolate different colors in different design areas by limiting the brush application to just certain design elements at one time. For this stenciled finish I chose 4 complimentary Royal Stencil Crème colors and applied them randomly through a Moroccan stencil pattern. 

Supplies Used:

Royal Stencil Crèmes

  • Antique Gold 
  • Bronze Age 
  • Copper Kettle
  • Smoked Oyster 

Large Eight Pointed Stars Stencil

The background is Espresso Bean Lusterstone, a metallic plaster from Faux Effects, International.

How To:


brush stencil technique


Follow the Basic Brush Stenciling instructions for loading and off-loading your stencil brush outlined above. In order to isolate the separate colors in the different star elements, use 4 different  ¾” stencil brushes; one for each color. This allows you to easily keep the different colors from traveling into the nearby “open” areas of the stencil as you work. Use a firm, even pressure on the brush as you stencil to fill in the entire open area with a solid application of paint.


stipple stencil technique

The metallic Stencil Crème colors will naturally produce different levels of shine on the surface. This is caused by the mica particles being flipped back and forth on the dark, textured surface. The effect is similar to the “nap” that is seen on velvet or corduroy fabric as it is brushed different ways with your hands. To even the sheen level out, finish off the stenciling by stippling straight up and down over the surface with the stencil brush to get a more even effect.


Check your stencil technique

As always, lift the stencil periodically as you work to check how the colors look against the background, and to ensure that you are using the right amount of paint and pressure on the brush.


multi color stencil treatment