Positive Stencil: Application

As you’ve read above about the Negative part of your stencils, now lets look at the Positive part.

The Positive part of the stencil is the bit inside the negative. This is shown in black or white on the stencil diagrams provided in the pack, but not so obvious on the actual stencil sheet. Cross refer the stencil with the design to avoid confusion.

Note: If the stencil you are using has lots of fine lines and intricate detail, it is recommended you use the transfer tape to apply the stencil to the work. See the sections below for two methods of using tape. Also review the sections on ‘Weeding’

Decide which stencils you would like to use and where on your piece they will look best.

The Positive part of your stencil is shown in black or white on your stencil diagram sheet.

Carefully remove the stencil from the backing paper ensuring you do not stretch it or tear it, or any part of the stencil not being peeled off.

You may find it easier to use a weeding tool such as a craft knife to help peel it off.

Evenly lay the stencil down onto your work. Make sure there are no creases or wrinkles.

There is no need to put masking tape round this Positive stencil.

Press the stencil down firmly.