hi I'm Carrie from lovely etc and I am going
to show you how to stencil wood and get perfect stencil lines every time. it's the easiest way
to make signs and lots of other decor so let's get started. so here's what you need. you need
something to stencil. I have an old cutting board – actually I got it from a thrift store.
I just kind of like it, it has a nice patina and it was only a quarter and so that's what
I'm stenciling. again any kind of wood's gonna work. you need a stencil – this is my stencil.
I'll put a link to it in the description.
It's a reusable stencil. you can also get vinyl stencils
from Etsy that are one-time use or lots of other reusable stencils from Etsy and other places
too but that's one of my favorite sources. you need either repositionable adhesive or painters
tape. either one will work but the spray adhesive really helps with getting perfect stencil lines.
you need some paint. you can use pretty much any paint but something with a flatter sheen is
going to be best. I really like to just use these little super inexpensive acrylic paints you
can get from craft stores.
They're really cheap, there's tons and tons of colors, and they work
great. you need a paper plate or painter's palette if you have that but this is what you're gonna put
your paint on. and the secret, one of the secrets, to getting really perfect stenciling is you're not
going to use a roller, you're not going to use a brush – those have their place, especially if
you're stenciling like a whole wall or floor. but if you're just stenciling something small
and you want it to be absolutely perfect what you need are these makeup wedges. they're little
sponges that you apply makeup with. it's like a dollar for fifty at Target. maybe it's not quite
that cheap but pretty close. and they are the perfect thing for stenciling. whatever wood you
choose to use to stencil on, the smoother it is the better results you're gonna get. you want your
stencil to be on something really smooth.
You can stencil rough wood if you're going for something
rustic but it's gonna be really difficult to get perfect lines because the stencil will not be
able to lay perfectly flat on the wood because it's rough so there's gonna be little holes and
dips and valleys under the stencil and that's where paint is gonna want to go. so the smoother
the better. okay get your surface. if it's dirty or something clean it up but in general just
take your surface. you can sand it to make it smoother if you need to. take your stencil. if
you're just gonna use painters tape you just take a few pieces and tape it in place. the reason
that I prefer the repositionable – that's hard to say – repositionable spray adhesive is because
with painters tape – say you put a piece here and a piece there the stencils gonna stay in place on
the wood. it's not gonna be moving all around but when you use the spray adhesive the adhesive is
all over the entire thing so the entire thing is stuck down to the wood.
Which means all these
little parts in between each letter are also firmly adhered to the wood and it just means that
it's a lot harder for paint to make its little way under the stencil where you do not want it. when
you spray the spray adhesive, you should be in a well-ventilated area but also you want to make
sure you spray it over some newspaper if anybody has that or an old poster board or wrapping paper
something, anything that will catch the excess. because anything this full spray lands on is gonna
be sticky and not what you want for your house. so place your stencil on your surface and make sure
you line it up exactly how you want it. so if it needs to be centered make sure it's centered.
if it needs to be straight – especially for words – make sure that it is straight. it doesn't
have to be a hundred percent perfect but try to get it as good as you can. and then you're just
gonna press it into place especially if you used the spray adhesive.
If you didn't you're just
gonna set it on use a couple pieces of painters tape to hold it in place exactly where you want
it. okay so get your paint and pour a little bit onto your plate and you're just going to use your
makeup sponge. get some on the end but you don't want a lot of paint so once you've dipped your
makeup sponge into the paint you're gonna blot most of it off. if you're using a paper plate
for your palette just blot it off right on the plate until there's just a very thin amount of
paint left on your sponge.
And then you're just going to start painting. when you paint you're
just doing an up-and-down motion to get the paint into the stenciled area lightly pressing it. you
do not want to push down really hard because that will cause paint to squish under the stencil which
is exactly what we don't want. when it seems like maybe the paint's getting a little light just
get some more paint on there and keep going. you may need to do a second coat of paint especially if you're stenciling
with white paint on to dark wood.
Okay so it looks pretty good. there is one more
trick that you can try if you want your sign or whatever it is that you're stenciling to look more
hand-painted and less stenciled. the little marks in between the different stencil sections are
a dead giveaway that you stenciled. now I have no problem with something being stencilled.
I think it can look really beautiful still, however if that's not the look that you
want for your particular project there is a easy method that I use to get rid of
those little spaces in between letters. okay so I use a simple toothpick and dip
it in the paint and then basically use it like a tiny paintbrush to get rid of the
You could also use a really small paintbrush but I find that a toothpick is
really easy to control and also it doesn't hold too much paint so it just blends in better
with the design that's already been stenciled. there is one more trick you can use if you're
still struggling to get really clean lines with your stencil. after you put your stencil onto
your wood before you do any painting use some Mod Podge.
So mod Podge is mostly used for
decoupage but it is also a sealer, a glue, a finish, it does all kinds of stuff. and it's
clear so when you paint a little Mod Podge over your stencil before painting it creates a seal
along all of the edges of your stencil. and also if there's any little air bubbles under
your stencil where maybe the wood's a little rough or it's just not laying really flat, the
Mod Podge is gonna seep in there under the, underneath the stencil and seal it up. which is a
lot better than if your paint seeps under there. because mod Podge is clear you're not going to see
it and the paint would be a mess. so if you decide to try that make sure you pay attention to what
kind of Mod Podge you have as far as whether it's shiny or not.
It comes in matte satin and gloss
I believe. so if you're stenciling on furniture that already has kind of a glossy finish you want
to use gloss. if you're stenciling on something that's matte use matte and if it's more satin use
satin. if you're not really sure in general I like the matte Mod Podge the best for just basically
anything. so that's another tip you could try if you are having trouble. so okay hopefully that
helps you next time you're trying to stencil to get some of those clean lines.
I know for me
I'm a perfectionist and so every tiny little imperfection drives me crazy. but with those
tips I've been able to get my projects looking really good and as perfect as possible. thanks for
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