Friday, November 2, 2018

Stencils and Supplies

Today is a tutorial at the end of the post on stenciling a multi-coloured stencil - a classic old red truck loaded with a freshly cut Christmas tree.

I collect pieces of old wood and old previously used sign boards that need a new purpose as well as old saws,  

old tin plant holders..

anything that catches my eye that could have a stencil added.

Turns out that I now have a fairly large collection of stencils, chalk-like paint, acrylic brushes, various artist's brushes, waxes, masking tape, foam pouncers and stencil brushes as well as wax brushes. Always looking something that may work well with my stenciling hobby.

Over the years I have produced stenciled signs, starting with packs of ABC cardboard letters in various sizes and progressing to the wonderful stencils designed and sold by Donna of Funky Junk Interiors, Muddaritaville Studio, Michaels stencils as well as garage sale found stencils. 

Added a Cricut to my tools and made a few stencils from that (still need to figure out a few things (ha) about plastic weight and cutting. I'm just fine with cardstock and Orcal Stencil Film and cutting and it worked for making stencils A semi-permanent work station for crafting is on my looong list.

This lead to figuring out WHERE to store all the stencils. Here and here are two previous posts about storage solutions. I have since added a dresser to my storage solutions.

Kitchen storage (and 'work area' when stenciling) has been used for stencils and a collection of sponges, brushes, chalk and chalk-like paints and waxes.

Below is another peek of previously stenciled signs with links to the original posts.

I think this one (above)is my favorite sign and below, a few more stenciled signs.

Time to make another stencil, one I haven't tried before. 

Mini Tutorial:


Muddaritville: old truck with Christmas tree (MO189 Vintage Truck with Tree)


- old piece 1/4" plywood 
- chalk-like paints
- sponge dabbers and 
- waxes clear/dark 
- newspaper and masking tape   

Finished stenciling.

What did I learn? 

Check your paint before starting an new stencil. Chalk paint doesn't stay useful for years, it gradually dries out.
A multi coloured stencil takes longer than a plain stencil to tape, paint, remove tape, paint etc.

Its ok to stencil (with chalk-like paint) over a colour that didn't show up clearly. 

When you use a fine lined (thin plastic lines)stencil, like the truck and tree, treat it gently, remove masking tape slowly and hold down the plastic lines with your finger tips as you pull the tape so they don't break.

When washing the paint off the stencil be gentle and careful not to break a thin line.

Thank you Friends 
for visiting today.


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Michelle of The Painted Hinge


  1. You do the best stenciling! I love the red truck sign! Happy Holidays!

  2. What a great post and thank you so much for sharing your talent! I love all your signs but your favorite is my favorite too!

  3. Love your stencils on the saws. Great idea!

    I hang my stencils on the wall using wooden pants hangers, which I also sell in my Etsy shop. Contact me if interested. :-)

  4. You are so talented Joy, thank you for sharing your information. Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. I love the old red truck and the Christmas tree. :) I know my son would love that hanging up for Christmas. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

  6. Oh...this is beautiful and I love your stenciling tips. I've been a crafter for years, but I'm a messy painter. Perhaps your posts will help to fix that!!

  7. Great tips on stenciling. You're so right about chalk paint not lasting forever. Its frustrating to reach for a container only to find it dry and unusable.I once tried to add water and break up the chunks on some DIY dried chalk-paint...created more of a wash than a paint which isn't super helpful for stenciling.
    I like your Christmas tree and truck sign. The wood color you picked is gorgeous with those colors!

  8. What a great stencil, Joy! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  9. I love the truck with tree stencil. It looks great on the old wood. I just love stenciling and have most of my stencils from the 80's plus the pattern books I used to copy on to mylar and cut myself. I can't do that anymore with arthritis, but I can still stencil. I am inspired to start again!

  10. Joy, I love the red truck so much. I really like the signs too. You do very well. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  11. Stenciling can be so fun. I pinned this! Thanks for sharing at the To Grandma's House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More link party. Hope to see you again next week.

  12. Just adore all of your wonderful Stenciled projects, Joy!! Lots of hand tips too!

    Thank you so much for sharing your stencil post with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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