-Basic enameling materials listed in my Intro To Enameling tutorial
-Paper to cut stencils- plain white copy paper works well, as does brown paper toweling.
-Razor knife, small scissors, or paper punches to cut stencils
-Found materials to use as stencils
-If you are using a paper stencil, cut your design out with scissors, a knife, or hole punches. I made this polka dot pattern with a standard office hole punch.
-Fire a layer of counter enamel on the back of your piece. Then fire a base coat on the front. This will be the background color of your design. You might need two or three coats to get a smooth surface and consistent color.
-Spray or brush the fired enamel with holding agent and place the stencil where you want it to go. The holding agent will soak into the paper and hold it in place.
-Sift your second color of enamel over the stencil. You can sift a thin layer to allow the base color to break through, giving you a softer effect, or sift a thick layer for a bolder contrast.
-Carefully lift the paper stencil off the enamel piece. If any little crumbs of enamel fall off the paper and land on your piece where you don't want them, carefully brush them away or pick them off.
-Dry your piece thoroughly and fire it in the kiln or with your torch.
You can experiment with different combinations of transparent and opaque, different thicknesses of layers, and different firing times. Overfiring the piece will give you a soft fuzzy design. You can also try sugar-firing (partially firing) the stencilled design, giving the stencilled design a raised texture.
Check out my sgraffito tutorial to learn another way to work a multi-colored design in enamel!