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8 great tips for how to use Yogini Mandala stencils outdoors on floors, decks and concrete

8 great tips for how to use Yogini Mandala stencils outdoors on floors, decks and concrete

  1. Before beginning any stencil project it is important t that your surface be prepared properly. It is best to stencil surfaces that are clean and as smooth as possible. If the surface is not smooth the stencil may not produce clean crisp designs
  2. If doing your stencil outdoors on a deck or wooden furniture you may need a little fine sandpaper to smooth the surface or you may need to sweep clean your concrete
  3. Test, Test, Test, always test your technique on some scrap paper cardboard or paper.
  4. Although not necessary if you are applying your stencil to concrete.We usually suggest purchasing re-positional adhesive spray, which is available from any craft store or paint specialist store. A re-positional adhesive spray can be sprayed to the back of your stencil and easily cleaned, allowing you to still use your stencil numerous times. 
  5. Once positioned I always like to use a rolling pin to roll over the stencil to ensure it is evenly adhered to my surface.
  6. I like to use plastic sheets to protect from over spray. I have bought some plastic from my local hardware store and have cut it down to the size of each side of my stencil ( this is great to use, its much easier than using newspaper and is washable so you can reuse over and over)
  7. My preferred medium for semi permanent use on outdoor decks and concrete is to use line marking chalk spray( it is removable if you make a mistake) Shake can and spray in short bursts (making sure you are spraying directly down onto the stencil and not from a side angle) remember its better to build up the colour rather than use to much spray at first.
  8. Always remember less is more. If you use too much paint you will run the risk of “bleed” behind your stencil and your pattern will be ruined.