4th of July, Crafts, Father's Day, Summer

Hats Off for Father’s Day!

Koozie Hats & Ties

Hats off to Dad for Father’s Day! Set aside the macaroni sculptures this year & try dressing up a set of DIY beverage Koozies with My Crafty Stencil’s fancy hats & bow ties craft stencils. For this project you will need:

Americana Acrylic Paint Colors

All of the tools can be found on www.mycraftystencils.com.

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Start off by spraying the back of your stencil with Repositionable Spray Adhesive and waiting 30-60 seconds or longer to become tacky before attaching it to your Koozie. After waiting, press your stencil flat to the center on the surface of your koozie. Next you will want to prepare your paint.

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For this project we used 4 colors of Americana Paint: Primary Blue, Santa Red, Olive Green, & Pumpkin. On a paper plate, separately mix each of these four colors with Americana Fabric Painting Medium. The ratio is 2:1 Acrylic Paint to Fabric Painting Medium. Mix in the medium using a different, clean stencil brush for each new color.

Koozie 8 Swirl the paint off your brush

After mixing fabric medium into each color, swirl the excess paint off each brush onto paper towel. Always load you brush with paint then unload the excess paint onto paper towel. When you stencil your stencil brush should feel nearly dry to the touch each time you paint.

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Swirl your dry brush through the stencil design so that the color builds gradually. If you do not use a brush that is nearly dry to the touch the paint will bleed underneath the stencil or build on the edges. These are the reasons why using the proper dry brush painting technique is a stenciling essential.

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Once you have swirled a few coats of color through your design you should reach full coverage. I found it took me 2-3 coats for the darker colors and 3-4 coats for the lighter colors. As soon as you’re satisfied with the color, remove the stencil before the paint dries completely (although it should be pretty close to dry using the right technique). Repeat for each koozie and each design until you have stenciled them all.

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At this point we have our base coat down but the design is still looking a little plain. Once the paint is dry you can add additional details with other stencils or masking the current design. For the hats, cut a piece of painters tape so that only the brim is exposed. Pick out a secondary color and lightly shade over the brim so that the first coat just barely pokes through. This undertone helps to break up the pattern so you can easily tell that it’s a hat.

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This is your chance to personalize the project with any details you want. For the bow ties I decided to add fun dots using the Orbs Mixed Media Craft Stencil. To mask off any dots that would go outside of the bow tie I used the bow tie stencil on top of the orbs stencil. This kept my orbs within the shape of each style of bow tie.

 

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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

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Have fun and let your creativity shine!

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