Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tutorial: Le Petit Gateau and Bakery Signs

Shopping time, needed some #10 twine for tying tags. A visit to Michaels = twine and more stencils.

Sweet peas from my garden

Stencil Sign # 1 - Pre-Made

I wanted to try out a french Le Petit Gateau sign that I picked up at Michaels this week, on a handled board so I gathered my supplies.

I painted the board with CeCe Caldwell Simply White (and dried), taped my stencil in place and started stippling.

It was late, I was tired and I stippled quickly (and my brush was not dry enough).

What had I done incorrectly? I used a brush without removing almost all the paint before stippling and the outcome was blurry letters and lines. I also didn't hold the stencil tightly in place as I worked on each small area and this allowed migration of paint under the stencil.

Here is my sign (first try). I should have also taped the sides to keep paint off the white board as well.

But - the good thing is that chalk-type paint will wash off if done soon after applying.

I removed the Patisserie stencilled lettering and lines, washing the handled board by running cool water over the board and rubbing the black letters and lines gently with my fingers and with some light wiping using a cloth to remove the last of the gray lettering.

A few days later I tried again. Very dry stippling. I taped the stencil to the board and noticed the curved edge lifted the stencilled spaces up, fixed that by loosening the tape near the curves and holding the stencilled pattern flat with my fingers, working in a small area and then moving to the next small area, repeat. It worked.

Patience and a very dry stencilling brush plus close attention were used on the second try. I firmly held each small area around the area being stencilled and took my time, double checking that my brush was very dry.

I used CeCe Caldwell Pittsburgh Gray on the stencil and the letters that look faded. Waxed when dry, then polished. 

Stencilled Sign # 2 - Individual Letters

If you read all my posts you will have seen other individual letters signs. I love making them. The Americana Alphabet package of stencils was another of my Michaels buys this week.

First try making a Bakery sign

1. painted my board with CeCe Caldwell Simply white, all sides

2. planned my word (Bakery) on paper using the individual stencil 
    letters of the Americana font, leaving 1/4 inch between each letter

3. used green tape on my board as the base for the letters, gathered 
    stencil brush, Beckley Coal paint and newspaper for dabbing paint 
    off my stencilling brush

I taped my baseline and stencilled each letter, checking with a ruler to make sure there was 1/4" between each letter. I kept my paper pattern above the board as a reminder for placement.

I am always looking for boards that have some character when planning signs. This one had rough surfaces and a knot as well as nail holes. I sanded the board before stencilling and gave it 2 coats of clear wax and polished to finish.

I enjoyed making both signs, learned a bit more about stencilling. I shared the cupcake (Le Petit Gateau) sign on Instagram Tuesday.

Thanks for visiting today. 

I look forward to your visits and enjoy reading your comments.

Featured by Nicole at What About Co. August 18/16
Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique August 18/16
Lynda H @ Reviews, Chews and How To's August 18/16
Kathy @ Life On Lakeshore Drive August 20/16
Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance August 18/16

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  1. Isn't that the truth? You go to the craft store for 1 thing and come out with a bag full! Your projects turned out beautifully!

  2. This is darling and thanks for posting the great tips! I think I have that Patisserie stencil in my craft treasures :)

  3. Great save on the board - I have learned by many experiences that a tired stenciler is a bad stenciler. I may have to make a trip over to Michael's - love the font on the Bakery sign.

  4. Great project. Love your instructions. I'm liking these bread boards. Need to start looking for some for my kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love it!!! As always, I am so impressed! get your stencils at Michaels? I am trying to find some like yours. Mostly I have a whole bag of old ones from years past when country folk art was in style.

  6. Great projects and I love your tutorial! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday and Two Chicks and a Mom, Joy:).

  7. Thanks for the tutorial...I am terrible at stenciling ....I have a cedar chest that my mama gave me when I was 15..(hundred yrs ago) and would love to paint it cream and stencil something pretty on it but......I'm scared...

  8. Beautifully done, Joy! We've all had the re-do projects, haven't we? Live and learn, and create again!
    Catherine (newest follower of your blogging adventures!) :)

  9. Love your stenciling. I have two of those handled pizza boards and hope I can find that stencil at our little craft store. If it is a difficult stencil or uneven surface, I will use stencil adhesive to hold it down. Adds a little more to 'clean-up-time' but well worth it sometimes. You just keep on keeping us inspired. Thanks.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  10. Absolutely love both of your beautiful signs. What a wonderful job you did on them. Great idea to put it on the pizza board, very nice.
    Blessings, Nellie

  11. Oh how lovely and so Frenchy! Love them!...Christine

  12. These are lovely! Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Create, Bake & Make! Pinned to share.

  13. I love the style of these boards, you did a great job!

  14. Love this!! So frenchy and pretty. :)

  15. Hello, I like your pretty stencils and cute signs. What a great project, thanks for sharing. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

  16. Adorável seu blog.
    Ja seguindo aguardo você
    lá no Espelhando.
    Catiaho Alc.

  17. Hi Joy! You did a terrific job on the stenciling! I love how it turned out. Thanks for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It! We enjoy your projects every week! :)

  18. Those are both beautifully done. I did a bit of stenciling this summer on a sign for the porch. It had been many years since I'd last tried it.

  19. Another great tutorial, Joy. I swear if I there was a Michaels near me here in France I'd be in heaven and a whole lot poorer too probably! Thanks for sharing your techniques with us on Mosaic Monday.

  20. Hello Joy, I love the board with the French words. Your second attempt is spot on perfect. I tried stenciling a long time ago and did not do very well. Kudos to you for not giving up. It was worth the trial and error, then success.
    Thank you for joining Blue Monday.

  21. That is beautiful! Looks like something you would find at an antique store - I love it! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  22. I love how these turned out! I haven't seen a stencil like Le Petit Gateau. I will have to go and look again!

    xo Dianne

  23. Fun! Michael's has some wonderful stencils. I always check to see what's new. Your new pieces are great. I love black and white, too. Have a fun week!

  24. I LOVE your signs! I did not know Michael's had such great stencils. I will have to go check them out. You did a great job! I have been stenciling for over 30 years and I still get blurry lines and have to redo!

  25. I think your stenciling work is really good. I've not had luck with doing this myself, but the tips you are sharing here make me want to give it another try. . .Beautiful work on these signs, Joy! Visiting from "Let's Talk Vintage"

  26. Beautiuflly done. I can definitely learn a thing or two from you here on these stenciling jobs. I tried to make a grainsack stripe once and it took me hours. Pinning this one twice, one for me and one for the link.

  27. I'm in love with your pizza board, Joy! I've seen them for sale at garage sales but have passed them by--now I need one :) Both signs are just great. Thanks so much for linking them up at Vintage Charm--

  28. Both gorgeous projects Joy. I love that you shared your helpful tips and a way to correct a little boo-boo. I enjoy stencilling too and these are really lovely stencil designs. Thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday. I'm delighted to be featuring your Le Petit Gateau board at tomorrow's party and pinning.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  29. Hi Joy ,, i love you blog ,, you have a new follower

  30. Hi Joy, love all the beauty. I'm happy to tell you I'm featuring your Le Petit Gateau board at our What to do Weekends party now! Also featuring it on Shoestring Elegance's Instagram.
    Thanks for sharing all your beautiful blog with us!

  31. How pretty! I love both signs! Thank you for sharing all these stenciling tips at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  32. I always have the problem with my stencils bleeding. Good tip with the dry brushing.


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