This week I got to work on some unfinished projects I had around the house. I bought these unfinished wood frames years ago, I believe for $1 each because I loved the rounded square shape, and I wanted to add something with a pattern to it. I think I have owned these frames longer than my son has been alive 5+ years) so that is sad.
I am the crafter that wants to have ALL the supplies so I can follow directions, but add my own designs and personalize it a bit. This sometimes works out in my favor, but often times not. Luckily, I got to try out some new products from FolkArt Stencils and Paint.
How To Use FolkArt Stencil Creme To Make Your Own Frame
- Gather supplies. I was sent some a small floral stencil, FolkArt Stencil Adhesive, and a FolkArt Stencil Creme set. These products are all available at Michaels. The frame, as I mentioned earlier, was something I had around the house, but I know Michaels sells other unfinished wood products, or you could use something you already own, like I did.
- Paint your frame the base color. I wanted to be able to see the grain of the wood, so I brushed it on really thin, and left brush strokes visible.
- (optional) Apply adhesive to the back of the stencil. I used the FolkArt stencil cream. The trick to this cream is that it takes about 10 minutes to dry. If you use it before its dry you will get some glue clumps on your frame. It will dry clear, but it may affect the overall look. You could also use a spray adhesive, but I find the creme worked better. Just a heads up to those who haven’t used it before.
- Decide where you would like your stencil placed, and attach it.
- Start Painting! I used a flat stencil brush and lightly dabbed. The paint cream I used were oil based, which means that they took a while to dry. This was fun to experiment with because you could blend the colors a bit more and play around with brush strokes. The paint is really creamy and I would love to try it again on another project and see what all I could do with it.
- Repeat until you are finished! Add a photo and voila!
Right now I have the frame on my piano, but I want to add this into a collection of smaller mixed frames. I can’t wait!
I already have some ideas for my next project, and this might make a great Super Saturday craft day project. I want to get the Honey Bee set, or the Swallow. I love that the templates include another layer to add some dimension. You can see what I am talking about in this video – I want that bird!
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* I was given a sample of this product to try out, but all opinions and project ideas are my own.