Technique of the Week: Stencils

Update on Hours listed in last post:

The MVCT meeting scheduled for Sunday, December 8th has been changed to Sunday, December 29th

Sunday, December 8th will be the last Tree Time starting at 1:00


Whether cut from vinyl, cardboard, paper, or other material, stencils can be used in several ways:

  •  Remove the cut-out design and use the negative space as your stencil.
    Trace the design onto the ware, then paint inside line with a brush. If stencil is paper or cardboard this way is best.


  • Again, use the negative space as your stencil.
    Use a sponge to apply paint directly onto the stencil. Wash stencil immediately when finished. If stencil is plastic or vinyl this way is better and stencil can be easily cleaned



  • Adhere the positive cutout to the piece.
    Paint the entire piece with a brush or sponge. Remove the stencil and the design will be the color of the background. In this picture the plate was marbled and the stencil is white.

marbled plate with stencil


Silkscreens are similar to stencils but much finer in detail. We have a large selection of designs in our silkscreen library. Directions for applying silkscreen designs are different and are explained in another post.

Carol’s Carousel Creations
Where having Fun is why we come!

Some come on over and learn a new technique.
Experiment and play around with designs to
create a ceramic piece that is uniquely yours.




About carolscarouselcreations

I am a retired math teacher. My jusband and I have been pouring, cleaning, firing, and painting ceramics since 1970 and have been teaching since 1972. We are both Duncan certified and members of IADCCT (International Association of Duncan Certified Caramic Teachers) and MVCT (Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers), a local chapter in North East Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. We have a home studio where we teach Technique Workshops and have Open Class time. We also have a party van which we take to local nursing homes. A new addition in 2020 is our online Facebook Live classes/demonstrations. We have two Etsy stores AfAfKidsNFriends for our African-American pieces and CarolsCarouselShoppe for our carousels. Find us on Facebook at CarolsCarouselCreations or send us an email to
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