Sunday, June 19, 2016

Tutorial Fresh Eggs

Picked up Fat Paint in 3 pastel colours today, talked to the shop keeper about sticky vinyl and the Cricut and we both thought that sticky vinyl would pull paint off when a stencil was added to a painted board. 

If you have any information about making a not-sticky vinyl word(s) stencil using a Cricut please add to Comments  as I would be very interested in your experience with vinyl words/Cricut.

While chatting I asked if they carried any stencils (they had a great inventory of a broad range of signs as well as stocking Fat Paint in all colours and other supplies) but they didn't. She did let me know about a new store had opened across from the building supplies store a few blocks away, The Town and Country Vintage Market

Drove over to that shop. It was full of great signs, vintage furniture and decorative items. They will be hosting their second market on June 25, 2016 with 50 vendors of vintage, antique, rustic and handmade home decor, fashion and accessories at the Taves Family Farm, 333 Gladwin Road in Abbotsford.

They had 2 stencils in stock, a deer head and Fresh Eggs. I needed another way to make a Fresh Eggs sign so I was happy. I didn't clean the paint from the stencil when I was finished (instructions on bag said it wasn't necessary).

You can see stencil information here - (Facebook link: Muddaritaville) - (web page link Stencils by Muddaritaville).

How did I make this stencil adding shadow and depth?

DH cut off 8 inches off a board that was the right width, I sanded the ends and stained the board.

I wiped the board with Varathane Walnut Gel using a piece of cheesecloth, covered all sides and let in dry in the late afternoon sun.

First thing I learned is that painters tape would NOT stick to the walnut Varathane stained board. I had planned to use the tape to hold the stencil in place.

What did I try? Elastic bands, they worked well, let me shift the letters and held the stencil fairly firmly. I measured the stencil placement before adding paint.

The first stippling I did was with CeCe Caldwell Simply White on each letter. I let the paint dry before I went to the next step.

I shifted the stencil as close as possible to 1/8" down and 1/8" right. That positioned it to leave a white border on the left side and top of the letters after I stippled the Fat Paint Tuscan Sun over the base coat of white.

It worked! (my first try doing this technique). With more practice I think I will be able to 'line up' the overlay more exactly but I was pleased with my first try. I left the stencil in place as the paint dried.

A close up of the first two letters shows the detail of yellow on white. The texture on the board shows through the layers of stain and paint.

I am in LOVE with this sign.

Clear waxed the next day (letters only and was VERY careful when adding wax and polishing, I did not want any colours mixing together). The wax did remove some of the yellow colour even though I polished VERY lightly. I added a second coat of clear wax to all sides of the board and polished. I added two D hangers and a wire on the back.

You can check earlier posts where I learned various ways to  stencil Fresh Eggs signs here

and here.

Fresh Eggs

Thank you Judith of Lavender Cottage for hosting your final Mosaic Monday 92. I very much appreciated joining in and visiting over the years.

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  1. great sign, Joy. Glad you're having fun. Did you buy a Cricut?

  2. Gorgeous sign. Great tutorial. Have a great week!!


  3. These all look GREAT!!!! You keep making things better and better!!

  4. Great signs and a wonderful tutorials for those of us who want to learn. Love the shadow look! Thanks for sharing your sign and tutorial at DI&DI.

  5. Ooo... I am glad you showed this! So clever!

  6. Loved this tutorial, I see so many signs just thrown together that have no depth. Loving yours!

  7. Hi Joy, You have mastered the use of stencils. I too love your 'FRESH EGGS' sign. I also admire your previous fresh egg signs as well. I do not stencil but my cousin loves doing it. She has an artist's talent and so do you. The shading is the secret. Lovely.
    Happy Blue Monday.

  8. The sign looks fantastic - and the elastic bands are a great tip!

  9. I love them too and you are a lot more talented than me! Happy Mosaic Monday! Hugs, Diane

  10. Loved your tutorial. Great signs. The rubber band is a good idea.

  11. You're going to laugh but I saw the sign 'fresh eggs' and tutorial from your photo link and thought I might find how to gather eggs from chickens. Great work on the sign and I like the idea of elastics to hold the stencil in place.
    Thank you for to linking to Mosaic Monday while I hosted Joy.

  12. It makes for wonderful letters like this, thank you for the tutorial!

  13. Great tutorial even a beginner like me could attempt, love all the different signs you've made, fab collage.

  14. Love your signs!! You do beautiful work!!

  15. Great how-to on shadowing, Joy.


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