Crafts, Home Decor, Summer

Welcome Home, Golden Pineapple

Welcome! To another My Crafty Stencils tutorial!

Today we will explain how to use our Welcome Home Craft Stencil onto piece of canvas paper to create a framed wall accent. For this craft we could not resist the glimmer of Glorious Gold Americana acrylic paint. In addition to this liquid gold you will also need:

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Start off by spraying the back of your stencil with Repositionable Spray Adhesive. The spray should be used 8″-12″ away from your stencil to very lightly coat the back. Put the stencil down, spray side up, for 30-60 seconds to allow it to dry and become tacky. If you use your sprayed stencil too soon the adhesive will bond to your project.

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After you let the spray rest for a minute the back should be lightly tacky. The tacky adhesive will keep the stencil details flush to your project while stenciling but will easily peel off to reveal the design beneath. Put your stencil on your project and adjust it to find the center with a ruler before pressing it to the surface. Make sure that all the little details are pressed into place.

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Once your stencil is in place, use Frog Tape to keep your stencil brush from wandering off the edges of the stencil onto your project. You want to be sure that you are only painting through the holes of the stencil design.

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Take your bottle of Glorious Gold acrylic paint and distribute a small amount onto your paper plate palette. When stenciling a little paint goes a long way. Swirl your stencil brush in the paint until the bristles soak up the paint. In stenciling this is known as loading your brush. Once loaded with paint you will want to unload it by swirling the excess off onto a paper towel. This may seem counterproductive but it is this dry brush technique that you should use to successfully stencil.

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This next step is known as the dab test. This is how you know you have the right amount of pain on your stencil brush. To do the dab, take your unloaded stencil brush and dab it on a piece of paper or paper plate. Next, drag your finger over the dab. If the dab drags and smudges you should unload more paint off of your brush and try again. Once your finger can pass over the dab without smudging your bush should be dry enough to stencil. It takes a few light coats of paint to stencil properly, but it is worth it to not have paint bleed underneath the stencil onto your project.

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After these necessary preparations you should be ready to stencil. Using the dry brush technique, swirl your color through the holes in the design. By stenciling lightly you will create crisp edges in your design. These light coats will help you to shade your stencil in order to create the illusion of depth. Try stenciling the stencil lighter in the center than the edges for a classic stenciled look.

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After about 3-4 coats of light stenciling you should reach full coverage. Try not to rush it! There is nothing worse than globbing excessive paint onto your stencil. Nothing good will come of this. Earlier in this post I mentioned paint bleeding into the design. Paint bleed is the enemy of stenciling. This is what happens should your brush ever feel wet to the touch with paint. Even with repositionable spray if you use too much paint it will inevitably turn the crisp lines of the design into a blurry mess. The dry brush technique and stenciling go hand in hand!

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Crafts, Home Decor, Seasonal, Summer

DIY Antique Farmhouse Lemonade Tray

Welcome back stencilers! Today we will show you how to make this Lemonade Tray using a stencil from our Antique Farmhouse Collection.

For this project you will need:

  • “Ice Cold Lemonade” Sign Stencil, found here
  • Spray adhesive, found here
  • Stencil Paint Brush, found here
  • Acrylic Paint. We used Cadmium Yellow, Primary Yellow, Forest Green, white and Black, found here
  • Painters tape, found here

Let’s get started!

Like all of our crafts, start off by spraying the backside of your stencil with adhesive. Then press your stencil into the tray, once the adhesive has dried. Tape along the edges of your stencil then tape off any part that you don’t want to paint white.

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Use the dry brush technique to paint the lemons and leaves with white paint. If you are new to these blogs and don’t know what the dress brush technique is, it is explained in previous blogs:-).

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Now you can paint the leaves with forest green and the lemons with cadmium and primary yellow.

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Lastly paint the lettering with black, making sure to tape off any areas you may accidentally get black paint on.

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Voila! Now you have the perfect summer time tray!

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Watch the full craft video here:

If you get the chance to try this craft, feel free to share it with us! We are @MyCraftyStencils!

Have fun crafting, and let your creativity shine!

Crafts, Home Decor, Summer

DIY Lemon Botanical Decor

Try making this lemon stenciled canvas to brighten up your kitchen this summer! This stencil is apart of our unique Farmhouse Antique line! You can check out the rest of our farmhouse inspired stencils here.

For this project you will need:

  • The Lemon Botanical craft stencil, found here
  • Flat Bristle Stencil Brush, you should have one for each color, found here
  • Repositionable Spray Adhesive, found here
  • Acrylic Paint (we used black, cadmium yellow, primary yellow, and forest green), found here
  • Painters tape, found here

Lets get crafting!

If you have followed these blogs you may have guessed that the first step is to spray the back of your stencil with adhesive, and you would be right. Make sure to let the adhesive dry before pressing the stencil into the center of your canvas. Then use painters tape to tape around the edges of the stencil, also tape off the tops of the lemons so you don’t accidentally get green paint on that part!

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Next squeeze out a bit of the forest green paint onto a paper plate, you don’t need a lot. Coat your bristles with the green paint then swirl off the excess onto a paper towel until the bristles feel dry to the touch. Now you can start lightly swirling the paint through the stencil. Apply multiple light coats until you are happy with the opacity. Paint both the leaves at the top and the little accents by the lettering, green.

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Next paint the lemon part of the stencil with cadmium yellow and primary yellow. Layer the colors to add depth! In the images below, we pealed back the stencil to show the difference between just using the primary yellow, and layering the cadmium yellow on top.

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Lastly, paint the lettering with black, using the same dry brush technique. If you are worried about accidentally painting the wrong area, feel free to tape off sections for the best result.

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Voila! The perfect craft to brighten up your day!Lemon Canvas 1

If you like this craft or get the chance to make it, please share it with us! We are @MyCraftyStencils!

Have fun crafting and let your creativity shine!

 

Watch the full craft video here:

Crafts, Home Decor, Seasonal, Summer

DIY Cinder Block Planter

Let’s enjoy summer by doing some outdoor crafts! This is the perfect way to get outside, and transform an old cinder block into a planter! You could even have a group of friends over for a little summer crafting party!

Lets get started!

For this project you will need:

  • Patio paint, found here
  • Peacock Stencil, found here
  • Lotus Mandala 1 Stencil, found here
  • Lotus Mandala 2 Stencil, found here
  • Bohemian Mandala Stencil, found here
  • White Bristle Stencil Brush, found here

Let’s get crafting!

First, thoroughly scrub your your cinder block with a stiff-bristles brush, to get rid of any debris. Then rise your  block off with water and let it dry completely. Its really important to prepare your surface well, because it gives the rest of the project a good base.

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Once your block is dry, use a foam roller to paint your block with cloud white patio paint. Once the block is covered, let the paint dry completely.

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Spray the back side of one of your mandala stencils with spray adhesive. Once the adhesive has dried, press it into the cinder block. You want to place it in the center of one of the halves. Then tape around the edges with painters tape to make sure you paint within the stencil.

Use a paper plate as a pallet and squeeze  out some of the fiesta yellow patio paint. Load up your brush with paint then unload it onto a paper towel, until the bristles feel dry to the touch. Then start swirling the paint through your stencil.

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Start overlapping, and layering colors the colors, making sure to use a different brush for each color.

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Repeat this process with the rest of the Mandala stencils!

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Now you can paint the other surfaces with the peacock stencil! Just follow the same steps, and use the same color scheme. Re-position the stencil to cover areas that are blank, taping off the areas that are  already painted. Just continue to move the stencil until you are happy!

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Voila! Now you have a planter all your friends will be jealous of 😉

Once the paint has dried, you can fill these planters with soil and plants!Cinderblock 37

If you enjoyed this craft or get the chance to make it yourself, please share, we would love to see your projects! We are @MyCraftyStencils

Have fun Crafting and let your creativity shine!

Here’s the full craft video:

Crafts, Seasonal, Summer

DIY Honeycomb Flower Pot

This flower pot will BEE perfect for your next summer craft 😉

We are going to show you how to make this project on two different sized pots, featuring our new Mini Craft Stencil line, and the full sized version too!

For this project you will need:

  • Honey Comb Craft Stencil, found here
  • Honey Comb Mini Craft Stencil, found here
  • Acrylic paint, we used Cadmium Yellow and Metallic Gold, found here
  • Spray adhesive, found here
  • Painters tape, found here
  • Stencil paint brush, 7/16″ or 3/8″ brush is perfect, found here
  • Other materials include a regular paint brush, paper towels, and a paper plate (or a makeshift pallet)

Let’s get crafting!

First, paint your flowerpots with Cadmium Yellow acrylic paint. You want t cover the entire pot, so that you can’t see the clay through the paint. We use a painters brush that we had laying around; so before you buy a brand new brush, look around and I’m sure you’ll find something. You don’t need anything fancy!

 

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If you get the chance to make these flower pots, please share it with us, we would love to see! We are @MyCraftyStencils!

Check out the full craft video here:

Have fun crafting and let your creativity shine!

 

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.

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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, Home Decor, Summer

DIY Nautical Tissue Box

Try vamping up a plain tissue box with these sea life stencils!

For this project you will need:

  • Wood tissue box (You could find this at Home Goods, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, really any store with a “Home” section)
  • Coarse sand paper
  • Sea life stencils: coraldolphins
  • Acrylic Paints (Driftwood, Slate Grey, Zinc, & Titanium White): here
  • Other accessories needed are: Spray AdhesivePainters tapeStencil paint brushes

Let’s get started!

First, use the coarse sand paper to sand off the glossy finish on the tissue box. If you don’t sand it the paint won’t be able to stick to the tissue box. Once you’ve sanded the box, wipe off the dust with a damp cloth.

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Use the painters tape to protect the edges of the tissue box. Then you can start painting the sides with acrylic paint! We used the colors driftwood, slate and zinc for the sides.

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Then spray the back side of your coral stencil with spray adhesive. Then press the stencil into your box! Use one part of the stencil for each side(see pictures below). Next, coat your brush with titanium white acrylic paint, dab off the excess and start swirling your paint through the stencil. Once one side is painted, peal off your stencil and move onto the next side! If you are worried about painting through part of the stencil that you don’t want to, simply use the frog tape to tape it off!

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Once you’re done painting, peel off the tape and enjoy!

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Voila!

If you get the chance to make this please share it with us! We are @MyCraftyStencils.

Have fun, and let your creativity shine!

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You can watch the full craft video here!