In the past, for stenciling I have really loved to use stencil brushes. I’ve also tried a variety of sponges, but was never happy with the delivery of paint on the fabric until I met the DIY foam daubers. I have been so excited with these that I had to share them with you.
Let me show you first how to make them. You will need 1/2 inch soft foam. I found this roll at the local Walmart.
Cut a piece of the foam about 4 inches x 6 inches.
Now fold up the long sides. One side first.
Then add a rubber band to keep it closed.
Now you will hold on to the open ends.
I’ve tried a variety of sponges, but never seem to feel I get enough control over the paint. I apply the paint to a palette which can be as simple as a foam plate. As with any stenciling, less is more. Dip the dauber in the paint and then tap off most of the paint onto the palette. You can always add more paint but you can’t take it away!
Here is the result. I love how the dauber makes it easier to blend the paints. Since I’m working on fabric, I’m using textile paints. In the following piece I used four colors from Jacquard Textile paints earth colors: Neutral Gray, Terre Verte, Raw Sienna and Mars Red.
Thanks to Julie B. Booth who introduced me to these daubers in her book, Fabric Printing At Home.
I’ll also be using these foam daubers in another project I’ll post about soon. Do you have a preferred tool you like to use with stenciling?
First, I have to say how impressed I am with the one handed photos! Julie has some of the best ideas! I hadn’t tried this one. I really like using the cosmetic sponges for painting with sponges but this looks like it would be larger. Can you wash it out? Or maybe refold it for a second use?
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Lisa, Yes it can be washed out. I didn’t undo it – just washed it out and let it dry. The ones in the top picture are rinsed out. They still are a bit stained but work fine.
Lynda, thanks for the great idea. I loved your Icy Delights class. Here is a link to some Mandalas done in Brazil Nut and Indigo:
Johanna, So glad you liked the class. Wowzer! Your mandalas are stunning! And I do love Brazil Nut and Indigo. Yummy! Thanks for sharing your beauties!
thank you will try the daubers. Irene in N Ireland
Irene, Great! Thanks for dropping by and commenting.