Last week I gave a hint about this project by posting this little sneak peek on Facebook.
The wait is over!
(like any of you were on the edge of your seats)
Meet my wonderfully delicious stenciled summer sign!
While attending the SNAP! conference in April, I was able to score this great Beehive stencil from Royal Design Studio for free! I had never stenciled anything before, but after attending a stenciling class at the conference I wanted to stencil everything in my house! The products from Royal Design Studios are seriously amazing and so easy to use.
I started by priming and painting a 2 ft x 3 ft piece of medium density fiberboard.
Like I said, I went to a class about stenciling and, if not for that instruction, I would have done everything wrong and had a huge failed project.
Thank you Royal Design Studio!
Start by taping the stencil down on one side, I used painter’s tape.
Make sure you get a stenciling brush. Very important. Do not think that because you have a brush that “looks” like a stenciling brush that it’s the same thing. I may have learned that one the hard way.
Just dip the brush in the paint enough to cover the end of the bristles. As you can see (hopefully) in this picture the end of the brush has some globs of wet paint.
Using a paper towel, pounce the brush on it until all the wet paint is gone from the brush. Don’t be shy. You’ll want to pounce a few times.
I hope you can see the difference in the picture. The brush is now “dry”. You can apply the paint by pouncing or by using a circular motion. I found the circular motion worked best for me. Don’t ever stencil with wet paint, that causes the paint to seep under the stencil.
As mentioned, I may have started by using the wrong brush to stencil. The bottom is the part I did with that brush before getting an actual stenciling brush. Clearly, not as good as the other.
Using the proper brush, it not only looked better, but went much faster.
I love this stencil design!
Now for the lettering!
After cutting the words out of vinyl, I used the negative as a stencil.
This is one coat of red paint. As you can see, the beehive design still shows through.
It took fours coats of paint to get solid coverage.
As for the garland, I cut scalloped circles in half then strung them onto some string.
And the fantastic summer sign is complete!
Bring on some summer!
Until next time….