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Stenciling Supplies

Of course, you'll need a few stenciling supplies like paints and stencils before you get started...


Chianti Wine Bottle StencilWell, like I said before you need to have the right stuff before getting started stenciling. I put together a stencil supplies checklist for you to consult. This section includes an extensive discussion on different supplies and tools to help you find what will work best for you!

Here is a quick checklist of supplies. You may not need all of these items so I put a little description of what they are used for so that you can decide.

• Pencil – of course for making areas, outlining and marking registration points on Multiple Layer Stencils. It’s always good to have a pencil around at any craft project.
• Low-tack masking tape or stencil adhesive – this is for securing the stencil to your surface.
• Stencil brushes or foam brushes - paint applicators - below you will find some more details on these options.
• Paint – of course.
• Level – handy when needing your stencil to line up horizontally or vertically
• Ruler or tape measure – for making sure your stencil fits an area or making sure it is centered.
• Craft-knife and a cutting surface - for Cut-and-Paint Stencils.
• Palette - for the amount of paint to be used on the current project.
• Cloth or paper towels – for cleanup and blotting paint.

Below are more details about some of the supplies used for stenciling. I hope this information will help you make some decisions on what options might be best for you. Remember, nothing beats personal experience so try different things and you will fall into your own niche before you know it.

Stenciling brushes

Stencil brushes have short, firm bristles that are either flat or dome tipped. Bristles on a flat brush are all the same length while bristles on a domed brush will be slightly tapered near the edges. They are designed to reduce the amount of paint seeping under the edges of the stencil openings. While either brush will do, you will find that as you develop skills a domed brush will help you achieve a larger variety of shading effects and color depth variations.

Besides shape choices, brushes come in a variety of fiber choices: natural or nylon. Natural bristles are more flexible and lend themselves better when applying the swirling technique of paint application while nylon bristles are much stiffer and better suited for the stippling technique.

Foam Brushes

I have also had great luck with Foam Brushes. They help reduce paint seeping under the stencil as long as you make sure to apply to the stencil only when the sponge is on the dry side. The disadvantage of using a foam brush is that you cannot achieve the shading effects and color depth variation within each opening as you can with a domed stencil brush. However, if your goal is to get an even layer of color especially in a larger area, foam brushes will work well. Remember that you can always get a coat of color down with a foam brush first and then use a brush to add details.

Hint: It is best to use a separate brush/applicator for each color of paint; but if you do not, just make sure to wash and allow the brush to dry thoroughly between colors. You do not want your paints to get watered down because thin paints will be most likely to seep under the stencil edges.

Other Paint Applicators

When it comes to art the only limit is your imagination. That being said, applicators can be anything you want…brushes, spray paint, rags, air brush, dish sponges, roller sponges, cotton balls, make-up sponges, sea sponges…Keep trying until you find what works for you!

Stencil Paint ApplicatorsHere is a picture of some of the paint applicators that I use for stenciling.

Craft Knife

Craft knives are needed for cut-and-paint stencils. You have several options for craft-knives. I prefer to use an X-ACTO with a Fine Point Blade (#11). But some people prefer one that allows you to snap off a dull blade to reveal a sharp one. Whatever works best for you is great as long as you always work with a sharp blade (and be very careful).


You can use a paper plate as a palette but in all honesty I like a nice firm plastic palette. The paper can absorb some of the paint and become soft and you could end up with a mess.

The Truth About Stenciling Supplies

If you are just starting to stencil than none of this is going to make a difference. It will become more important to you as you develop your own style and find the techniques that suit you. My advice is to try a little of everything and before you know it you will find your niche!

This page is all about providing you with a full range of ideas and solutions for all of your stenciling endeavors. If it’s books or stencil designs in print, is the place to go and below you will find some helpful suggestions along with many craft supplies. Just click on the image in the top right column to go straight there.

If it’s paints and supplies you’re looking for then we have several affiliates who can provide you with all you need and at some great prices too! Those are in the left column with some tips about what the best features are for that supplier.

Stencil Books

If you like the stencil designs from Designs From Penny (there's a sample of what we offer over there in the right columnbelow Amazon), but would rather receive them in print, then you’re in luck. Our Stencil Pattern Books have been published in book format and you can order one directly from our printer by clicking on the link or the picture above.

Is it paint or stencil supplies that you’re in need of? Well, check out these sites for some great deals on art supplies. You'll find direct links in the column on the left.

Dick Blick Art Materials has a wide selection of fine arts supplies. They also provide a good variety of stencil making materials like mylar and velum plus all of the paint applicators you might be looking for.

Mister has a dedicated section for all of your stenciling requirements. They have all of the quality paints and applicators you need at discount prices.

Create for offers art and stencil supplies at a discount too. You'll also find other arts and crafts departments like Clay and Modeling, Doll Making, Felting, Painting, Quilting, Scapbooking, Candle Making, Kids Crafts and many, many more. is a supplier of the Delta Ceramcoat and Folk Art Paints. Plus they provide stencil brushes and applicators. It's not just a fabric store. JoAnn's is full arts and crafts supplier.

Daniel Smith Art Supplies carries fine quality brushes, paints, pastels, drawing instruments, paper and canvas. They also manufacture their own lines of fine paints.

For many of your other crafting supplies try Hancock Fabrics.

If you are looking for a way to involve the kids in fun projects, a good source for child friendly supplies is S&S Worldwide. This is also a good place to find fabric paints which are great when paired with a stencil to design your own t-shirt.

Well, that's about it for stenciling supplies for now but rest assured that if I find new places with great stuff and fantastic deals, I'll let you know!

Happy Stenciling,






We are thrilled to introduce these downloadable and Printable Stencils (click here for more). Instant gratification at its finest! You don't need a special printer - these designs are specially formatted to print straight from your home computer on standard letter sized paper. Once downloaded, you will have your complete stencil booklet with patterns and instructions. Just click, buy and print!

Each book will come to you as a down-loadable pdf file in your e-mail. Just check your e-mail after purchase for the link to connect to your file and print or save. It's that easy!

All designs can be adjusted to fit your project size. Instructions are included. Pages are 8.5” x 11”.

If you'd rather get your Stencil Books in Print, just click the blue button below each book.

Fleur de lis Stencils

Fleur de lis: Book of Stencils

This collection includes 22 designs. Ten are easy single overlay. Six have 2 overlays and six have 3 overlays.

This purchase is of a PDF file which has 63 pages.
Price: $9.95

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Oriental Stencils

Oriental Designs: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 16 designs- Chinese Dragon, Bamboo, Oriental Figure with Coolie Hat, Ying Yang Koi Stencils, Bonsai Tree Stencil and 3 Cranes plus 10 Chinese Symbols (Eternity, Friendship, Happiness, Harmony, Long Life, Peace, Prosperity, Tranquility, Truth and Dragon.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 40 pages.
Price: $9.95

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Antique Door Stencils

Antique Door Hardware: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 5 designs- Lion Head Door Knocker, Key Bow, Lock Plate and Mail Box Plaque (with two word options). These images should add a little fun and even some humor to the doors in your home while they introduce a touch of the past.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 25 pages.
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Princess Stencils

For a Princess

This collection includes 7 designs- Royal Carriage, Knight in Shining Armor, Castle, Dragon, Sceptre, Tiara and Pillow plus the word "Princess."

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Zoo Babies Stencisl

Zoo Babies: Stencils for a Nursery

This collection includes 7 animal stencils - an Elephant, a Giraffe, a Hippo, a Lion, a Monkey, a Tiger and a Zebra.

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Secret Garden Stencils

The Secret Garden

Create your own private wall mural garden retreat. This collection includes 12 stencils -fountain, bleeding heart, iris, bee, butterfly, foxglove, grasshopper, hummingbird, trumpet flower, morning glory, stone wall and stone path.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 51 pages.
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