stencil vs mask

Here is a stencil vs mask 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’ll 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 Stencil vs Mask Experiment

stencil vs mask



Background Type:

  • Any type of surface that will accept acrylic paint.


DecoArt Americana Acrylics

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

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

  • Green Gold – DMFA14

Prep and Mediums

  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18
  • DecoArt Media Modeling Paste – DMM21

DecoArt Stencils

  • Americana Stick-on Stencil, Quatrefoil – ARS05


  • Application and Texture Tools – DAS221


Royal Clear Choice Stencil Brushes

  • 5/16″ & 1/2″ White Bristle- 1111
  • 5/8″ Short Length White Bristle – 1112
  • 3/8″ Domed White Bristle – 1113

Royal Soft-Grip

  • #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425

Royal Aqualon

  • #3/4″ & 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?

Have you ever worked with a stencil and mask combination?  Share in the comments below.