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Large Letter Stencils – What are They & how to use Them?

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Whether you want to paint a wall, bring life to a neglected floor, or design a wooden sign, stencils can make any design come to life. Taking a stencil off and revealing a perfect design beneath looks almost magical.

How To Stencil?

Stenciling is a fantastic way to express your artistic side and create unique handcrafted finishes on any surface, including walls, floors, furniture, wood, metals, paper, and fabric. It is not only fun but also inspires a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction. 

Buying store-bought art cannot compare with the charm and charm of pieces made by hand. A stencil is also very affordable. Good quality stencils can be reused again and again with simple care and proper storage. With a few drops (or rolls) of paint, anyone can whip up a design that looks amazing for less money.

How to Use Stencils with Registration Marks?

  1. Determine the space where you want your large letter stencils to be applied.
  2. Take measurements of the stencil letters’ height.
  3. Make a graph paper sketch of your lettering. Use a ratio to scale the sketch. As an example, one square on the graph paper equals one inch. Two squares would be used for each letter if each letter was 2 inches tall. The words can be placed in any way you want, so you can make space fit them just right. To avoid the letter-spacing looking squeezed together, move a word or two to another line.
  4. Place a yardstick on the area where the letters will be displayed, and draw horizontal lines in chalk. Make sure the lines are level if you are mounting the letters on a wall. Ensure that the lettering on your shirt or other object is level and straight by measuring its lines carefully.
  5. Apply painter’s tape to the wall or object to adhere to the stencils.
  6. Match up the chalk lines with the bottoms of the letters.
  7. Align the stencil registration guides with each other to ensure equal space between the letters. Once you have your object painted or however you like, you can add letters.

Wrapping Up 

Before you paint the letters, step back and look at the stencils from a distance. It’s possible to stencil around areas in the middle of a letter that is not connected to its sides if the stencil has two layers. 

Take a look at the inside of the top half of capital A as an example. Orient both layers according to the registration guides.

The stencil can be used virtually anywhere, except for rough, heavily textured surfaces. A textured surface prevents the stencil from staying flat, causing the paint to bleed underneath your stencil.

Prepare the surface by sanding rough-textured wood or scraping away any loose or cracked paint. It’s best if it’s smooth. 

To prevent failure, you must prepare the surface beforehand. It’s like building a house on a sandhill to stencil over an unprepared surface (dust, mud, oil, old paint). It will all slide off or peel off.

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