How to stencil featuring a pallet wood crate

How to stencil... on a pallet wood crate. FunkyJunkInteriors.net

 

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Welcome to the wonderful world of Old Sign Stencils! The store is stocked with all kinds of crazy fun… think BINGO and ROUTE 66… and so much more!

Visit store HERE

Secondly, it’s time for a few tutorials on how to use the stencils, so you get exceptional results each and every time.

Stencilling is actually very easy. But there are a few tricks that will set your work apart from the rest.

Let’s do it!

How to stencil

Paint with a dry brush / How to stencil... on a pallet wood crate. FunkyJunkInteriors.net

1. Load a ‘dry’ brush.

* Dab the brush into craft paint.

* Tap on paper or a rag to remove most of it.

Stencilling is all about transferring paint onto your surface without having any paint bleed underneath the edges. Crisp, clean lines is the focus.

So that means, start with as little paint as possible. As in… load the brush up, but then tap it on a rag or paper until most of it is removed again.

Tap the back of your hand as a test… if it leaves very little, you are ready!

Spray adhesive on back of stencil / How to stencil... featuring a pallet wood crate, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils.

2. For beginners, spray adhesive is suggested. Once you learn how to load your brush to be DRY, try without! 

* Flip the stencil backwards.

* Lightly mist with spray adhesive.

* Allow to sit for a few moments.

The best way to achieve nice sharp lines is by sticking the stencil to your surface, so no paint seems through.

I no longer use spray adhesive, but I needed to when I first started out.

But if you can achieve sharp lines in a test run, bypass the adhesive. It’ll keep your stencils a lot cleaner in the long run.

Tape off areas you don't wish to paint / How to stencil... featuring a pallet wood crate, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

3. Tape off areas you desire to remain clean.

If theres an area that’s in close proximity to the stencilled letters, better safe than story. Tape it off. 

A good quality tape like Martha Stewart’s blue craft tape or Frog tape are great choice.

Place stencil on surface / How to stencil... featuring a pallet wood crate, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

4. Place stencil into position.

By either measuring, or using the stencil edge as a guide, position the stencil on your chosen surface.

Run your finger firmly around all the cut edges, until you’ve achieved perfect adhesion. 

* If not using stencil adhesive, tape stencil into place using masking tape.

Stencil using a tapping motion / How to stencil... featuring a pallet wood crate, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

4. Fill the letters in by lightly tapping with a stencil brush.

Stencil brushes are flat for a reason. They are geared to load your surface with paint from straight up above. This is to alleviate bristles getting underneath your stencil.

By ‘tapping, you are covering just the surface. If you brush side to side or swirl your brush, you run the risk of bleeding.

Stencil complete / How to stencil... featuring a pallet wood crate, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

5. Stencil all your letters at once.

Use sections of your stencil creativey / How to stencil... featuring a pallet wood crate, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Tip: get more out of your stencils by using small sections of them in creative ways.

Remove stencil from surface / How to stencil... featuring a pallet wood crate, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils
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6. Carefully lift stencil from surface.

The spray adhesive will be activated, so take your time to ensure your stencil doesn’t rip.

Old Sign Stencils are made from an impressive 10 mil, (VERY thick) so they can take quite a bit!

Farmers' Market stencil design / How to stencil... featuring a pallet wood crate, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils
7. Allow paint to cure before distressing.
 

In this case, I left the lettering as is. 

To distress: Lightly sand in random areas with either a palm sander or by hand with block styled sanding sponges.

Farmers' Market stencil design / How to stencil... featuring a pallet wood crate, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

8. Clean your stencil.

Paint / At the very least, wipe down all the edges of the stencil free of paint as soon as possible, or run them under a warm tap with soapy water and lightly rub with a cloth or soft brush.

Adhesive / this one’s your call. If you plan to use your stencil again, leaving the adhesive intact can be a good call. To keep it clean, hang it up where it can’t be touched, or try laying it against something that won’t stick, such as *wax paper. (*please test this first)

Crate markings / How to stencil... featuring a pallet wood crate, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils
See how the smallest markings can become the cutest highlights?

I also realize my choice to cut off ‘farmers’ market’ is ultra quirky. I like things to look like they’ve been pieced together from old signs or chunks of crates, so that was my goal here.

But that’s the beauty of a stencil. The hard part of design and fabrication has been done. Now you can have the fun part of utilizing it any way you desire… over and over again!

How to stencil... featuring a pallet wood crate, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils.
Muffin tin office organizer and gear pencil older / How to stencil... featuring a pallet wood crate, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils.
Vintage ironing board light for an office / How to stencil... featuring a pallet wood crate, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils.
I love my little pallet wood crate paper sorter! 

Learn how to make the crate HERE.

* The miniature Farmers’ MARKET stencil is no longer avail. Click here for the large Farmers’ Market. *

Disclosure / post contains some affiliate links. You don’t pay more, I just earn a very small commission if you purchase. Thank-you!

Click projects below for even more wonderful tutorials with each Old Sign Stencils design!

 

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  1. Love the stencils..congrats on your new store; wish you much success.
    Stencils are HOT for all types of multimedia art these days. You might want to consider doing some smaller for canvas art..6 x 6 or 12 x 12″ for scrapbookers and other paper artist. It is a different market but your art with wood/junk fits right in.

    • Thanks for your idea Eloise,I like the idea of some smaller additions for sure. I’ll be adding some letters and numbers at the very least soon! The flavour will always lean towards old signs though so we’ll see where it goes!

  2. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I bought the Farmer’s Market stencil already and was anxious to try it because I do better with instructions. Can’t wait to use it now!

  3. Yahoo! A funky junk store! I bought two of the stencils previously. Just waiting for some time to try them out. Maybe in the future your store might have some of your creations for sale??? (hint hint – like your toolbox kits or some type of pallet wood kits? (I’m keeping my fingers crossed! LOL) You have definitely been a positive influence in my creativity. Thank you for that. When I go to estate sales or garage sales, I now look for old rusty hardware and banged up abused furniture to use for “projects”. I love the element of recycling and saving the stuff from going to a landfill!

    • Thanks Sharon!

      I know, I thought of selling the kits because not everyone has nor desires to work with saws But I’m still hoping to change that. 🙂

      Still brainstorming how to do that, as each one is so different and it would be pretty labour intensive to document each one…

      I think I just need to sell a cheap ebook on HOW to do it which would also include video clips. It would be filled with cutting tips and working with tools. Or host a live workshop/webinair.

      I just think the value of doing all the work is more valuable than purchasing. 🙂 But don’t worry, I’ve been thinking about it for a long time.

  4. Oh, the new stencils are absolutely fantastic…you should be very proud of these, Donna! Many happy congratulations on the expansion of your stencil business, too…I hope it will be wildly successful for you! And these were great stenciling tips, as well…personally, I like that you opted for a quirkier look because it adds to the interest of the piece. I’m looking very forward to seeing the future post which shows us how you made that very cool crate!

  5. Congrats! I love signs and can’t wait to try a couple of your stencils. I like how you mix the font and add character to each one like the tree farm stencil. I was thrilled that the coffee stencil featured Seattle…fav place for us. Thanks for the tips..I’m on the hunt for my pieces of wood and maybe a small table for the coffee stencil.

  6. WOW!!! I must own them all! But maybe one or two at a time
    Will you really release an ebook? If yes, then I can’t wait! WOO HOO!!!!!

    • Hi Cindy! We already spoke via email, but just saw this now. Felt it was a good question to leave up. I have never tried it and my fear would be a fine mist seeping in under the stencil. But if you tried stencil adhesive, that would certainly help.

      Let us know how you make out if you go for it! I’d just suggest to do light sweeps, not heavy.

  7. Donna,
    I purchased some of your stencils some time back. I love them! They are heavy, and can handle my roughhouse ways! When it comes to cleaning them up, I wash them in water and a soapy brush, but still a film is left behind and maybe a little paint. However it seems to clean up well with alcohol! Looking forward to seeing more stencils!
    Sherrie

    • Thank-you Sherrie! Isn’t the weight of them amazing?! I’ve personally stopped cleaning mine and they work perfectly still. LOL As long as you don’t leave massive clumps of paint on the edges, they are good to go again. But if you can take the time and do it right, absolutely better. I’m working on a Holiday collection as I type…

  8. Hello,

    I am loving your stencils! I have a shop in Ohio that I would love to make some signs for using your stencils. Would that be ok?

    Also do you know if the spray adhesive does okay on a painted surface versus bare wood?

    Warmly,
    Melissa

    • Hi Melissa!

      The stencils were designed for anyone to make signs! If you are referencing to sell, you absolutely can sell what you create with them!

      I honestly have stopped using spray adhesive myself. I’ve just learned to tape the stencil in place, hold it with my fingers as I go along and use a VERY DRY brush. It works wonderful, and that way you don’t have to worry about the sticky stuff. I didn’t notice any residue from the adhesive, but I’d always test an area out to be sure.

      Have fun, and thanks for your interest!