Mark Powers cuts the curved lines of the stencil pattern with an electric stencil-cutting pen
Photo: Kolin Smith

Step 5: 5. Cut the Curved Lines

Place the film and pattern on top of a pane of glass to protect your work surface. Using an electric stencil-cutting pen, carefully trace the cutlines with the tip of the pen, working in small sections and lifting the pen from the film as needed to keep the cuts clean and crisp. Repeat all steps for the remaining stencils.

For a clean cut when cutting out stencils, be sure to pull the X-Acto knife or cutting pen toward you as you work.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape
    • black marker
      Fine-tip permanent marker
    • straightedge guide
    • self-healing cutting mat
      Self-healing cutting mat
    • X-Acto knife
    • electric stencil cutter
      Pane of glass and electric stencil-cutting pen for cutting curved lines. Get one at crafts stores or Amazon
    • small plastic putty knife
      Plastic putty knife
    • small paint tray
      Paper plate or small bucket or tray for holding the paint.
    • stencil brush
      Flat-tip stencil brush. Get a size that suits your pattern's scale and shape. We used a No. 8 brush, which has a diameter of inch.

    Shopping List

    1. Stencil film
    Sometimes called template plastic or acetate.

    2. Painter's tape
    for delicate surfaces.(It won’t remove the wall paint.)

    3. Repositionable mounting spray
    4. Old newspapers

    5. Latex paint
    Use a flat or satin finish to achieve a timeworn look.

    6. Lint-free cloths
    or sturdy paper towels for cleaning stencils and to dab when prepping the stencil brush.