Stencils are a fun way to add images to your journal pages. I uses make up sponge wedges to apply the paint. To get a clear image from the stencil it is best to tap off the extra paint. If the paint is flat on the sponge that should be just the right amount. You can get an interesting effect using two complimentary colors with your stencil. Multiple uses can be achieved with each sponge by cutting off the used portion.