Crafts, Easter, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Spring, Summer

DIY Pastel Watercolor Flowers

You know what they say…”April showers bring May flowers”. In that spirit try making your very own pastel watercolor flowers!

For this project you will need:

  • Abstract Flowers Mixed Media Stencil
  • Spray adhesive
  • Set of  Chalk Pastels
  • Card or some sort of paper(Basically any piece of paper will work)
  • Water
  • Paint brushes

First spray the back of your stencil with spray adhesive.  Once the adhesive has dried, it should only take a few seconds, press your stencil into your paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now you can start painting! First wet your brush then swirl it into the pastel color that you want. Then dry off the excess water, and start swirling the color through your stencil!

 

 

 

 

Add whatever colors you want, have fun with it! You can mix colors, layer them to get a marbled affect or use a monochrome color scheme. There aren’t any wrong ways to paint this!

 

 

 

 

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If your paper is bigger than the stencil, you can easily peel your stencil off, and re-position it. One of the flowers in the middle of the paper looked like it was chopped in half, so when we moved the stencil, we made sure to complete the flower:)

 

 

 

 

Now you have a beautiful painting of flowers! You can put this on the front of a card, for a beautiful hand made card. You could also stencil on a quote or leave it as is, because it is beautiful!

Purdy Fleurs numero 1

Check out the full craft video here!

If you try out this project, please share it with us! We are @MyCraftyStencils

Have fun and let your creativity shine!

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Crafts, Easter, Home Decor, Spring

Cottontail

Cozy up this spring with this adorable DIY pillow!

For this project you will need a sham pillow that you can take the cover off, we got ours at Home Goods. Being able to take the cover off is so important because it enables you to stencil the pillow case neatly. You will also need a stencil, we chose the Cottontail Trading Stencil. I absolutely love the combination of fonts used in this stencil, especially with the simply bunny graphic.

cottontail trading

See what I mean?

For paint color we chose to use black. The black paint perfectly contrasts the cream pillow. You will need fabric medium to mix with the acrylic paint to turn the acrylic paint into fabric paint.  

Additional materials needed:

-Stencil paint brushes   

*I used a 5/16” brush to stencil the letters, and a 3/16” brush to stencil the bunny. I used a smaller brush on the bunny because it helped fine tune the amount of paint I put on but you can use the same brush for all of it.

-Cardboard

*very helpful, provides a solid surface to stencil on while keeping fabric from moving.

-Spray adhesive

*both to spray the cardboard insert and the stencil

-Painters tape

*tape down edges of stencil and  bunny, so no paint gets onto the rest of the pillow.

Let’s get started!

First cut your cardboard so it will easily fit inside your pillowcase, make sure that your cardboard is at least as big as your stencil. Then spray  the cardboard and back of your stencil with spray adhesive. Make sure that your pillow is far enough away that it won’t get any spray adhesive on it, who wants a sticky pillow. 

 

 

Now, insert the cardboard into the pillow case once the pillow is removed. Make sure to center your cardboard and press the pillowcase into it so that the pillow case lays flat, stuck to the cardboard inside. Press your stencil into your pillowcase, on top of the cardboard. Now use the painters tape, we used frog tape, to tape down the edges of the stencil and the bunny, the painters tape makes sure that you don’t get paint accidentally on the rest of the pillow.4 Press stencil and fabric flat against cardboard

Before you can paint you need to mix the acrylic paint with the fabric medium (2:1 acrylic to fabric medium). Now that your paint is mixed simply coat your brush in paint, then dab and swirl the excess onto a paper towel until the brush feels dry to the touch. This is incredibly important when stenciling onto fabric, preventing the paint from bleeding out of the stencil, and the paint from building up around the edges. Since all the letters are the same color I used a bit bigger of a brush to speed up the process, but you must be patient and careful. To get the best result apply many, incredibly thin coats of paint. For the letters I applied 10-15 thin coats until the lettering was close to solid black. However for the bunny I only applied paint until  the bunny had a dappled grey color. To paint the pillow swirl the paintbrush bristles into the fabric, this forces the paint into the fibers of the cloth. When painting the bunny I switched to a small brush so I could easily paint the bunny in an uneven, faded way.  I wanted the back of the bunny and the tips of the ears to be a dark blackish grey, and the belly to be a light, softer grey. 

 

 

Once everything is painted and has dried, peel off the stencil and tape, remove the cardboard insert,  pop the pillow back inside and enjoy your cozy new pillow!12 Cotton Tail Pillow Finished

If you make this pillow feel free to share photos of it with us on social media, we would love to see your wonderful designs! We are @MyCraftysStencils on facebook, twitter, and instagram!

Have fun crafting, and let your creativity shine!

Check out the full craft video here!

 

Here are the links to all the materials we used in this video:

Cottontail Trading Stencil

Stenciling paint brushes

Fabric Medium

Acrylic Paint

Spray Adhesive

Crafts, Easter, Home Decor, Spring

Easter Egg Mason Jars

I love mason jars, you love mason jars, everyone loves mason jars…..

….So lets get crafting with them!

We really wanted to create a whimsical, fun Easter project, showcasing this really cute Easter egg stencil. Then we saw on pintrest a jar filled to the brim with colorful Easter themed candy. So we decided to do the same thing and just decorate the jar as well!

So lets get to it!

For this project you will need: 3( or as many as you would like) medium sized mason jars. We found some that didn’t have any branding on the sides. You will also need white chalk finish paint, stencil paint brushes(much easier if you have one for each color), acrylic paint, acrylic spray finisher, painters tape (we used frog tape), spray adhesive,  a paper towel and a paper plate.

For this project we chose to use 5 different colors of acrylic paint each mixed with metallic silver or gold. the metallic mixed in makes the eggs stand out really well against the jar. We used baby pink, baby blue,  mint julep green, primary yellow mixed with white, and lilac.

Lets get crafting!

First paint your mason jars with the white chalk finish paint(regular white acrylic paint will also work). Then let your jars dry completely. While you wait, prepare your stencil by spraying the back with spray adhesive. You can also mix your paints at this time. We chose to mix the purple, pink, yellow and green with metallic gold and the blue with metallic silver but you can’t go wrong so have fun with it!

 

 

 

Once your jars are dry grab your first one and place the stencil on it and tape down the edges with frog tape.5 Using Frog tape

Pick your first color, swirl your brush into the paint and then onto a paper towel until your brush feels dry to the touch. This ensures that your paint stays in the stencil and doesn’t bleed out of it. Then just stipple the paint through the stencil onto the jar!

*Stippling is simply bouncing the bristles up  and down to apply the paint. 

When one egg is painted on move onto the next one with your next color!7 Use a different brush (or brush end) for different colors

When you are done painting one jar peel off the stencil, place it on the next jar and repeat!8 Full coverage, peel off

Once all of your jars have been painted, let them dry completely then spray them with the matte acrylic finisher to make sure your wonderful design doesn’t chip off.

9 Stencil a few dozen eggs!

Now all you have to is enjoy them! You can fill them with festive candy, pop an electric tea candle inside and use them as candle holders, or use them as a vase to put lovely flower inside! The possibilities are endless so if you try it please send us a picture, we would love to see your projects! We are @MyCraftyStencils on instagram, facebook and twitter!

Happy Easter and let your creativity shine!

Watch the full project video!

 

Products we used in this project:

Easter Egg Craft Stencil

Acrylic paint

Frog tape

Spray adhesive

Stencil paint brushes

Matte spray acrylic finisher