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, Valentine's day

DIY Valentine’s Mason Jar

Not sure what to give your loved one this Valentine’s? Try making your special someone an adorable mason jar valentine!

Personally, I love mason jars because there are no limits when it comes to what you can do with them. So naturally when thinking about what to do for a project, mason jars are always in the back of my mind. So when my friend found this stencil we knew it would go on a mason jar, no questions asked… fill my heart

See what I mean, absolutely irresistible!

Using a quart or larger mason jar for this project is probably best because the stencil fits on a bit better. (These jars can be easily found at most super stores.)  To stick the stencil to the mason jar, use spray adhesive on the back of the stencil, let it dry, and stick it on the jar! Make sure to let the spray dry on the back of the stencil, if the spray hasn’t dried it may leave some sticky residue on your project.

Due to the round shape of the jar using painter’s tape to hold the edges down yields the best result, we recommend Frog Tape!

For this project we chose metallic silver for the outline of the mason jar. For the hearts inside we chose to mix pink with the metallic silver. Mixing metallic paint with the regular acrylic adds a really cool sheen to the color. When mixing paint mix a little at a time, it’s easier to add paint that to take away.

To paint through the stencil it is easiest to stipple, or bounce the bristles up and down.  When painting through a stencil you want to use a dry brush. A good way to insure your bristles are dry enough to prevent bleeding is to swirl and dab the bristles on a paper towel until most of the paint is off. Stipple a few layers of paint through the stencil to get the desired coverage of paint.

Once you finished painting, peal back the stencil and admire your work!

Finish up your gift by filling it with your loved one’s favorite sweets, or perhaps place a candle inside.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and let your creativity shine!

Here is the full craft video!

Products used in the video:

You Fill My Heart With Love Stencil

Repositionable Spray Adhesive

Brushes

Americana Acrylic Paint