DIY Tutorial: How To Spray a Stencil

DIY Tutorial: How to Spray a Stencil

Spray paint art is deceptively easy, but working with this medium can be trickier than you think. Here are some tips on how to make a successful Banksy-inspired art piece. 

What You'll Need

  1. Canvas (or a thick paintable surface)
  2. Stencils
  3. Sheets of cardboard
  4. Spray Paint
  5. Something to protect your eyes and clothes


Arrange your stencil(s) on the canvas and hold down the edges with cardboard and blocks. You want to protect the area of your canvas that surrounds the stencil to keep spray paint from hitting the edges and creating overspray. 

Vigorously shake the spray paint can for 10 seconds to ensure that the paint is mixed well.


Hold the can at about a 45 degree tilt about 5-6 inches away from the canvas. Make sure the nozzle is pointed away from you and sweep the spray paint across the stencil in quick, short bursts.


Create a sharper image by spraying more layers of paint. Using thinner layers will help keep the paint from seeping under the stencil and smearing.

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Remove the cardboard and blocks and carefully lift the stencil off the canvas in a straight upward motion, making sure not to drag it across any wet paint. 

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Once your paint has dried (2-3 minutes), you can repeat the process using another stencil for overlapping layers.



If your ready to shake it up using a variety of stencils with professional guidance, join our mixed media acrylic and spray painting workshop!  Find it on the calendar page.  You can book a private stencil and paint class here!