Thursday, February 16, 2017

Drywall Compound + Stencil = sign

Always look forward to learning something new to me. This post it is using drywall compound to add a stencil to a board, using it two different way (thick and very thin coatings). 

Since the thick drywall on the board was a FAIL (see later in this post) I tried again by scraping the first try off, then staining the board first, waxing/buffing then adding a fairly thin coat of drywall compound to the stencil. Better.

The chalkboard sign got some additional lightly stencilled words under the drywall compound stencilled Historic Route 66.

Read Debbie Doo's January 2nd post -  How to Stencil Using PlasterDebbie included a suggestion she received on her Facebook page from readers to use molding paste or drywall compound to stencil and since I had drywall compound on hand I tried it out. 

When I finished making the signs I checked on Pinterest - drywall compound - and WOW, what a lot to see/learn !

Project # 1 (fail) and Project # 1 redo ( much better)


•  Drywall compound
•  drywall spatula
•  masking tape
•  paper towels
•  newspaper to protect surfaces
•  hook for the board
•  q-tips for cleaning lines outside of stencil letters
•  Rust-o-leum to paint Project # 1 board
•  CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal to paint the edges and back of
   Project # 2 chalkboard
•  CeCe Caldwell Clear wax and wax brush
•  stencil (used Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors Historic Route
   66 stencil)
•  # 1, a small board and sign # 2 a reused chalkboard with an earlier      stencil (Farmers Market)

Added the back hook before I started so I wouldn't break the plaster off later.

This was my first try.

Placed the stencil, held it with some masking tape (and my fingers) then covered the surface with a thick layer of drywall compound. Removed the stencil right away and had a strange raised stencil.

Put it aside to dry overnight. Scraped the plaster off the next afternoon. FAIL. Drywall compound too thick, not a useful sign, can do better.

Tried again with a different sequence.

2nd try:

Painted the board with Rust-o-leum Chalkboard paint and dry rubbed most of the paint off and then used a damp paper towel to pull more paint off. When dry, waxed with clear wax. Buffed.

Then - used the same stencil and drywall compound and applied thinly with the spatula. Same sequence as used in Project # 2 (below).

To clean the stencil after use - carefully scrape the drywall compound off the stencil  - not into the sink, clogs drains - clean it onto newspaper as much as possible. Wash stencil clean (paper towel in sink drain to catch any remaining drywall compound).

Project # 2

When cleaning the stencil on a piece of newspaper (first try Project # 1) I got the next idea.

Why not try a very thin coat of drywall compound on a chalkboard Farmer's Market sign that I was going to be changing. Donna of Funky Junk Interiors repurposes some of her signs so I decided to try that too. Here is the first try with this sign here February 11/16.

New additions and changes follow.

Chippy look, needed a bit of cleaning up but drywall plaster flicks off easily before it has time to cure/dry.

Next step - now what would the next step be? 

Decided to add CeCe Caldwell clear wax. The wax removed most of the loose drywall compound and somewhat removed the 'outside of the lines' of drywall compound. Used a damp q-tip to clean edges.

The lettering Farmer's Market behind the sign was too prominent so I black stencil brushed it 'backward' and also added pale stencilled Vintage, Flea, Coffee to even out the 'behind to the sign' words. 

Finished the Historic Route 66 sign by painting the edges and back CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal, added a hook, waxed, buffed the black areas (carefully around the drywall compound areas).

I used my finger to apply the wax to the Historic Route 66 lines and when I buffed it was very carefully and lightly. Used damp q-tips to remove a few areas where the compound was outside of the letters.

Finished sign, Project # 1, 2nd try below.


Drywall Compound breaks off if it is NOT totally dry. It has a bit of a powdery texture, takes some practice to get a raised but not too raised pattern on the board/surface. Needs to be a raised but more flat finished surface.

More practice needed.

Scraped off first try, tried again with LESS drywall compound for Project # 1.


The drywall compound - very thin coating - made a great quick sign from the Historic Route 66 stencil. 

Chippy look, handled clear wax ok with VERY light buffing.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine Hugs

Valentine Hugs

Picked up a Pink Primula
borrowed some sunshine
 and here is a hug for YOU.

Used a small piece of wood (found on the free table at the thrift store), one heart stencil from the cut out tags sheet. Used a fairly dry stencilling brush with Simply White CeCe Caldwell for the heart and borrowed a U from a small word stencil, used Jersey Tomato (CeCe) and a very dry brush to stencil the U). Crumpled paper always makes a good background.

Sending you heartfelt thanks for being a blogging friend.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

New Old Sign Stencils

Making signs, for me, is a very happy hobby. I had always wanted to learn 'how' and learn I have. 

Rarely do I have to wash off the chalk paint that has 'flowed' under the stencil letter - happens when using a brush that has too much paint or one that wasn't dry when stencilling (or as sometimes happens, not holding the stencil in place and things 'slip').

I am always on the hunt for well used boards to use for my stencils and the boxes and stacks of collected boards sometimes threaten to use too much house space.

Donna of Funky Junk Interiors has recently added more great stencils to her online store and she wrote a new post about Everything You Need to Know About Stencilling. Thank you Donna.

My new stencils from Funky Junk Interiors arrived and I am making new signs. I used my best board for the first one I made - FARMHOUSE. I love the size of the stencil. Love the board - RED, good length, good width. Added a coat of Jersey Red CeCe Caldwell before stencilling because the board had a few scrapes of white showing through.

Then I made the Private small sign - just right for a kid to hang on their door to make a point.

and CABIN - dreaming summer thoughts.

Lake RENTALS - used a great old piece of cut plywood that I had asked for at an estate sale - from the piles of old cut up pieces of wood outside one of the barns.

Added a wash of 1-1 water/CeCe Caldwell Santa Fe Turquoise chalk-clay paint to both sides before stencilling Lake Rentals using CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal.

All the signs were clear waxed and polished after drying, sanded a bit plus the red FARMHOUSE sign had dark wax added on top of the clear wax in some areas.

More stencils another day.

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