Stencilling is a great way to create an interesing affect to a wall, furniture or anything you can lay a paintbrush to. Here's a step by step guide to DIY stencilling...

1. Find or make the stencil you want to use, trace it onto light cardboard and cut out.

2. Tape the stencil to the wall using low tack masking tape.

3. Dip your brush into your chosen paint colour. Dab the brush on a paper towel to get rid of any extra paint then place your brush at the edge of the stencil opening and apply the paint by dabbing the surface lightly or moving the brush in a circular motion.

4. Repeat step three until you get the colour intensity you desire.

You can also stencil using a roller. Instead of step 3 and 4 above...

3. Get a small roller, moisten it with water and squeeze it between paper towels to dry the excess water off leaving a very slightly damp roller.

4. Put a small amount of the paint colour you plan to use on a paper plate or in a flat bottomed low-sided container. Roll the roller through the paint and then onto a clean part of the plate or container (or use a separate sheet of paper) to ensure the paint is distributed evenly on the roller. Roll back and forwards across the cut-out area of the stencil. Make sure you roll in several different directions to get the best coverage.

Test your stencil first!

Test the stencil on card first. Try different colour combinations. Do the colours suit the design and is the design the right size relative to the area you are painting it on? Testing also helps gauge the correct amount of paint to load onto the brush. Always stencil with a dry brush. The secret to good stencilling is not about the amount of paint you put on the brush, but the amount you take off. Don’t thin the paint with water.

Click here to download free kid's stencil designs from the Resene website