Renegade Stenciling with Liquid Paints



If you’ve been hanging around Cedar Canyon for more than a day or two, you know that I’m a huge fan of Shiva Artist’s Paintstiks. I love them for stenciling on fabric because they don’t run, drip, or seep under the edges of my stencils.

So, imagine my surprise when an experiment with Renegade Stencils and Liquid Paint turned out amazingly well! To say that I was shocked (as in SHOCKED!) would be an understatement.

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This is the Renegade Stencil I cut from vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo cutter. I call them “Renegade” stencils because I don’t have to follow the rules about having bridges between all the design elements.



The folks that make the SoSoft fabric paint (DecoArt) sent me some samples sometime in the last year, so I grabbed a couple of metallic colors and some soft foam daubers.



I’m totally paranoid about using liquid paints with stencils because I always have trouble with the paint seeping under the edges of the stencils. I applied the paint in thin layers, allowing it to dry a bit between layers.



It wasn’t perfect. I lifted a few sharp points in the vinyl stencil by getting carried away, but it was pretty darn good for a trial run.



When the paint was dry, I peeled up the Renegade Stencil – and was amazed by the clean result! With Liquid Paint, no less!

Now let’s get one thing straight. I’m not going to give up my beloved Shiva Artist’s Paintstiks any time soon. I’ve been working with them for 17 years, and they are near and dear to my heart.

But… I was tickled to learn that the super powers of Renegade Stencils are even greater than I thought. With Renegade Stencils, even I could learn to like liquid paint. (Maybe.)

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Your Turn

Do you have any secrets for stenciling with Liquid Paints? I’d love to hear them in a comment below.



  1. Eleanor Love on October 27, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Hi Shelley,

    I have a Silhouette machine, but have never used it. Looks like maybe I should open the box!

    What kind of vinyl did you use? What keeps all of the parts from falling apart? I know I must be missing something obviious, but can’t figure out what it is.


    • ShellyStokes on October 27, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Yes, yes, yes! Open the box!!! As for renegade stencils, click to this post to see how it’s done: Renegade Stenciling

      For a list of the products I use and recommend, click over to the Products I Use page. Scroll down to the bottom for links to the vinyl, transfer tape, and all that good stuff. 🙂

  2. Terre Klipsch on October 27, 2016 at 11:52 am

    when I paint with liquid paints and use stencils, I always first cover the fabric (that’s my medium) with textile medium and let it dry. Then I place the stencil down after spraying lightly with KK2000 spray from Sulky. It holds the stencil down so I can then dab, brush, or however I transfer the paint to the fabric. It works well and I’ve never had any paint seeping under the stencil. I do at least 2 layers and sometimes more giving the paint time to dry between layers. I love Shiva’s but I also love my liquid paints. I use Lumiere paints by Jacquard. Love your blog!!

    • ShellyStokes on October 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks, Terre! I am more than a bit familiar with all manner of sticky sprays on the market, but I have not used Textile Medium. I’ll have to put this on my list of things to experiment with.

      Jacquard’s Lumiere paints are amazing. The bottles in my studio are so old that I need to start over, but they are truly beautiful. I’m not sure why I was never able to make friends with liquid paints. Most likely a lack of practice on my part. It was fun to see that I got very different results with a different type of stencil.