Learn how to stencil on leather and vinyl (or artificial leather) with this easy DIY tutorial.
Do you have a leather item and painting leather is something you want to consider to update it? First, you’ll need a leather product of your choice, here are some helpful tips, and let’s get started!
I found a super cute and inexpensive leather wallet at Walmart. I thought it was a little plain so I decided to add a dragonfly to it. Here is how I stenciled on leather and it works for vinyl too.
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Here are the detailed instructions:
I started by cleaning the leather surface with an rubbing alcohol prep pad or you can use isotropic alcohol. This is an important step so it removes any sticky residue, oils, dirt, etc. Once it was dry, I placed my adhesive stencil onto the leather. I used Folk Art adhesive Stencils, you don’t have to have a fancy leather stencil.
I made sure to press the stencil firmly to get a tight seal from the stencil onto the leather to prevent as much paint bleeding as possible. If you are using a regular nonadhesive stencil then I recommend using painter’s tape or stencil tape to hold the stencil in place.
I used Folk Art Treasure Gold Blue Quartz paint which is a beautiful metallic paint. Now for the paint application. I lightly dipped a clean brush into the paint, carefully removed as much paint as I could (to prevent bleeding of paint under the stencil), and lightly brushed the paint onto the stencil and leather.
While the paint was still wet, I removed the stencil. I washed the stencil with soapy water, and put it back onto the original package backing so I could use it again another time.
If you make a mistake, you can rinse or wipe it off your item with plain water, and then try again. This has to be done while the paint is still wet.
So how many layers of paint? Just one.
I let the stencil dry completely and love how it turned out. Follow your paint instructions for dry times. Some like to use a hair dryer to dry the paint more quickly. I like to follow the paint instructions for dry time and follow their drying process.
On the inside of the wallet I could have stenciled another spot on this pocket. I decided to add a breast cancer awareness ribbon sticker I got from Dollar Tree. It is in honor of my breast cancer journey.
What else can you stencil on?
- leather jacket
- leather shoes
- scrap leather
- piece of leather
- leather chair or leather furniture
What is the best paint or kind of paint can you use?
Most of these you can pick up at your local craft store.
- angelus paints or angelus leather paint, and angelus leather preparer
- acrylic leather paint
- undiluted acrylic paint
- leather dye
What kind of paintbrush is needed for the stencil?
It’s really a matter of preference, and here are some options
- foam pouncer or sponge brush
- paint brush
- stencil brush
- old toothbrush
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