SMP Craft
9 Dec

The Editors Attempt Stenciling

 

St. Martin’s Press editors Meredith Mennitt and Holly Ingraham decided to try out a new, ambitious craft project monthly and document their brilliant successes or devastating failures. For this mission, they also roped in editor Lizzie Poteet. Let’s see how they made out, shall we?

First Attempt: Stenciling

Aid & Inspiration: Stencil It by Helen Morris

Materials:
1. craft paint
2. stencils
3. sponge brushes
4. blank notebooks and bags to decorate

This month we decided to try our hand at stenciling! Seems simple enough: place stencil, apply paint, create adorable DIYs. What could go wrong?

Meredith picked up blank notebooks from Muji & blank muslin gift bags from The Container Store for us to stencil.

EA-set-up

We flipped through Stencil It for inspiration, ripped out the stencils in the back & like the eager editorial beavers we are, jumped in.

 

Our first attempts were less than successful…

 

 

EA-Globby-fish

EA-dog-failMistake #1:

Failing to read the instructions.

 

Turns out successful stenciling isn’t quite as simple as we thought. Stencil It recommends you use a very small about of paint on a bristle brush (we used loads on a foam brush).  You should stipple* the excess paint on to a paper towel before you go near your stencil. The brush should also be applied at a 90 degree angle to avoid the paint seeping under the stencil. Otherwise you end up with a blobby dachshund.

 

Mistake #2:

Using glitter paint.

HollysGlitteryBag

Hooray glitter! However, glitter paint isn’t paint so much as glitter suspended in a clear acrylic medium. To get any opacity you need to glob it on which we learned is not ideal for stencils.  Though they really didn’t turn out *so* bad.

 

Win #1:

Using acrylic paint.

Lizzie did bring a tub of Martha Stewart (Martha to the rescue!) craft paint (color “Thundercloud”) which worked very well & produced our most successful piece:

EA-Hollys-flowers

 

Win #2:

Mirror images.

Using the same stencil, Lizzie created sweet doxie love.

EA-Lizzie-WIN

 

Verdict:

Fail.

Although we did “fix” some of our earliest attempts, we decided we don’t have the patience for proper stenciling technique. We did learn some valuable lessons for any future stenciling endeavors.

EA-Group

 

* “stippling” is the word of the day

EA-stippling

Add to your shelf:

Stencil It

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