I made a trip to Hobby Lobby with my buddy Mary yesterday. Had a couple of things in mind I was looking for, but ended up buying this adorable stencil that fits me to a tee!
I originally was thinking of stencilling a shirt, but thought I would try my hand at a sign first.
I already had the wood-look scrapbook paper I bought a few months ago and never used, and an 8×10 canvas panel I bought in a pack from Amazon. I had never worked with the canvas before, so I thought I would begin by gluing the paper to it without prepping it to see if it would work.
I put a thick layer of glue onto the canvas, and pay the paper on top and pressed out as many bubbles as I could.
I folded the edges over and let dry overnight.
After trimming the edges, I put a layer of mod podge on top. While drying, it bubbled up some. I probably could have avoided some of that by priming the canvas. Lesson learned. But with the busy-ness of the paper, I don’t think it is a problem. I let it dry and pressed out as many bubbles as I could- I started a bit too soon and messed up one small spot which I repaired by tearing a small piece of leftover paper and gluing it down with some mod podge and covering the top as well. The rustic look of the paper hides it well. I also tore a corner that is very visible, but I kept going.
I didn’t have a stencil brush handy, so I found a foam brush and decided to improvise.
I cut the pointed end off of the brush. I took some latex paint I had and added some baking soda to thicken it up, hoping to prevent the paint from bleeding.
And here is the finished product. As you can see, there was a small amount of bleeding, but because of the rustic-ness of the sign, it actually adds to it.
I think it came out so cute!