mask vs stencil

Here is a mask vs stencil experiment that you can try if you’ve ever wondered what the differences are between the two.

This experiment is split into 2 parts.

Part one, we did a stencil vs mask experiment and create a really nice background using a stencil.  In part two, we’ll do a mask vs stencil experiment and create a similar background using the mask part of the stencil.

A Mask vs Stencil Experiment

mask vs stencil



Background Type:

  • Any type of surface that will accept acrylic paint.

Palette: DecoArt Americana Acrylics

  • Sea Glass – DA297
  • Mustard Seed – DA264
  • Pink Chiffon – DA192
  • Chartreuse Yellow – DA330

Prep and Mediums

  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18
  • DecoArt Media Modeling Paste – DMM21
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium – DMM20

DecoArt Stencils

  • Americana Stick-on Stencil, Quatrefoil – ARS05


  • Application and Texture Tools – DAS221


Royal Soft-Grip

  • #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425

Royal Aqualon

  • #3/4″, 1/2″ & 1″ Glaze Wash – R2700

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Royal Essentials Palette Paper – RD358
  • Unstick Reusable Arts and Crafts Sheet
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths (for dry rub application)
  • Heat Gun


What did you think?

In looking at part one which is the stencil vs mask experiment and part two, which is the mask vs stencil experiment, which do you prefer for your own style.  Share in the comments below.