There are countless ways to use stencils -- for proof, scroll thru my other blog --
But I often fall back on old favorite stenciling methods, including the use of a Sofft Sponge to apply heavy-body acrylic paint thru the openings. I usually do this as a second step, having first established a background. Over the background below, I've used the stencil 9"X12" Tangled Pods with heavy-body burgundy acrylic.
My next step was to brush on new layers of blue acrylic paint to set the stage for spraying a thinner paint thru the stencil. I don't always add these new, opaque layers, but in this case I decided to do it this way.
After spraying paint thru the stencil, I lifted the stencil, leaving what you see in the close-up below.
Next, I focused on the upper right area, again applying burgundy acrylic paint thru the stencil. See below.
Below is a close-up of this upper right area:
After the burgundy paint had dried, it was time once more to secure the stencil to the canvas with masking tape. Notice again that I've cut off the stencil's outer border. (You can click on the image below to enlarge it. The stencil is now stained green.)
Again I used water-thinned green acrylic paint in a mister bottle to spray thru the stencil. After I lifted off the stencil, the central right area of the painting appeared as shown below.
Below is a close-up of this area:
Below is is the painting, finished. The final touch was to add part of the cut-up stencil along the left side. This meant cutting the stencil almost completely apart and reassembling it while collaging it to the canvas.
These are only a few ways I've found to use my 9"X12" stencil Tangled Pods.