Paint & Ink Selection

Paint & Ink Selection

20th Jul 2020

The great thing about using the IKONART Stencil films and products is that you aren't restricted to using one brand of paint or paste. You can use a wide variety of paints, pastes, inks and more with our stencils. As long as the medium is water-based and can be washed out of the stencil mesh, you can use it with IKONART. 

That being said, which medium you choose will depend on the type of surface you are using your stencil on. Here are some of the recommendations for what paints, chalk pastes, and creams to use on different surfaces. 

Recommendations are based on our own experience and also on comments from our IKONART Crafters Facebook Group


Stencil on Fabric

Our IKONART Textile Film is perfect for DIY screen printing on fabric. If you are just getting started, then check out our IKONART Textile Add-on Bundle, which includes textile film, a tacky mat, Speedball screen printing ink and a squeegee. The Tacky Textile Mat holds your shirt or fabric in place while printing and makes the whole process easier. If you want to print multiple shirts in a row without needing to washout your stencils, then mounting our original blue IKONART Stencil Film in a Speedball frame works great as well. Here are some screen printing inks that we have found work good with our stencils.


Stencil on Ceramic

When painting on ceramic you want to make sure you let the ink properly cure in order to ensure it is top rack dishwasher safe. For most multi-surface paints that means baking it in an oven according to the directions on the bottle. Here are a few paints that we have tested that work well. When painting on ceramic, we recommend using our blue IKONART Stencil Film

  • DecoArt Pearls: Can be air cured or baked; leaves a pearly finish
  • DecoArt Multi-Surface Satin: bake to cure
  • DecoArt Gloss Enamels: bake to cure

Stencil on Wood

Stenciling on wood can be tricky because there are so many different types of wood surfaces. In general, the smoother the better, so if you are able to sand your wood to a smooth finish that is ideal. If your wood is textured, you can try sealing with with a finishing wax or spray sealer first in order to help your paint go on better and get crisper lines with your stencil. If I have any texture at all on my wood, I find that chalk paste works the best to give me nice crisp edges without bleeding. Depending on your surface type and desired finished look, you may need to do some testing to find out what works best for you. We recommend our  purple stencil film for wood because they are stickier than our original blue stencil film. Here are some recommendations for sealers and paints to use on wood. 

  • Minwax Finishing Wax: Use to level the surface of the wood before painting
  • Rust-oleum Spray Sealer: Use to level the surface of the wood before painting
  • Plaid Waverly Wax Sealer: Use to seal and protect wood before painting
  • Chalk Paste: If you have textured wood, chalk pastes work great to avoid bleed; see list below for some recommendations
  • Speedball Acrylic Ink: If you have smooth wood, a screen printing ink like Speedball Acrylic Ink works great
  • Miss Lillian's No Wax Chock Paint: Get nice crisp lines when used on smooth wood surfaces

Stencil with Chalk Paste

Chalk paste is a great option for using with our silk screen stencils. Since it is thicker than regular paint, it gives a nice crisp line when stenciling and you are less likely to get bleed. When using chalk paste you have to work quickly so the chalk paste doesn't dry in the mesh and lift up with your stencil. Here are some chalk paste brands that work well with our stencils.


Etch Glass with IKONART Stencils

Etching glass using IKONART Stencils is super easy. We have tested a few different etching cream brands and have found that Etchall Etching Creme gives the best finish with crisp edges.

  • Etchall Etching Creme: Reusable cream that produces a permanent etch on glass, mirror, ceramic, porcelain, marble and slate

Foiling with IKONART Stencils

Another fun technique to do using your IKONART Stencils is foiling. You just stencil on a foil adhesive, let it dry down until it's tacky, then add foil over the top. The result is truly satisfying. 


No matter what surface you are stenciling on, always remember that practice makes perfect!! If possible, always test a small area with a small stencil first, and if it doesn't work on the first try... don't give up! Our IKONART Crafters Facebook Group is full of IKONART crafters willing to help you out with suggestions and advice for all sorts of different surfaces and paint applications. Just post a question or a photo of what you are trying to do, and odds are someone else has tried it too and can help! 

If you have any additional questions about our IKONART Stencil Films or the IKONART Custom Stencil Making Kit, please contact IKONART today. 


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