When painting high use areas like this, it’s important to use the right paint. Look for a paint that is specifically made for floors or patios because it’s durable. Apply a coat of primer to the surface first for the best durability and coverage.
Decide which colors will be used for each shape of the stencil. With the first color, dip just the tips of the stippling brush in the paint, dab the excess off on a paper towel, then begin stippling (which means pounce the brush). Start in the center to unload more paint as you work your way towards the edges, this will keep the stencil line as clean as possible.
Use the registration marks to line up the stencil for the next section. When you’re finished rather than sliding the stencil to the next adjacent section, move the stencil to the opposite area. This gives the paint time to dry while you continue stippling another section. Moving back and forth helps you keep the stencil square and make fast progress while still allowing some drying time for each section for a tidy efficient project.
When stenciling is complete and paint is dry, cut the medallion section of the stencil and place it on a painted medallion on the floor. Stipple the medallion with gold leaf adhesive, lift the stencil, and let the adhesive dry for several minutes until the surface is almost dry and very tacky (this requires very little adhesive). To save time, stipple adhesive on all of the medallions you want to apply gold leaf. This gives all medallions time to become tacky.