Well, I tried some decorative stenciling. I used to love using stencils to make letters when a kid. Hmm, this was not exactly so easy. This might mean a change in plans about stenciling on the bed posts — or a major postponement.
To practice, I had prepared an old pencil box by putting on two coats of black satin deco-paint from Michaels. I got out my brand new stencil with a sun, moon, clouds, & different-sized stars — yup, here’s the perfect spot for the sun.
The sun is yellow so that’s what I started with — happily making sure I covered all the spots in the stencil with lots of the bright enamel paint. Then, carefully untaping & lifting the stencil from the box, . . . eek, it’s blobby everywhere! Waaaay too much paint. I quickly wiped it [well, most of it] off the top of the box. Thank goodness I was prepared with a wet cloth.
Okay, well maybe I’ll go straight to the metallic copper paint I was going to use for highlighting. Another go, & . . . oh no, the eyes are even worse than with the yellow! I try to wipe it off but guess what? This paint dries almost instantly!!! Double eek.
Now, I’m a little peeved. Come on, stencils are easy! It’s the artsy shading part I was worried about — I won’t get to that if I don’t get the main image clear. So, I turn the box over & decide I’ll put the moon on it in blue enamel with a ‘shooting’ star in metallic silver.
This time, I use way less paint & am a lot more careful with the brush at the edges. Hmm, the edges are still not clearly defined but at least I don’t have blobs of paint along them. Gee, too bad this wasn’t the top.
I had some butterfly & star foam stickers to put on the box — thought I’d have lots for other projects but hah. First, I tried covering up the worst eye in the sun, then it turned into a ‘cloud’ of butterflies — which meant the stars had to be equally represented.
The result is definitely not the work of an ‘artiste’ — not my forté yet. The big question now is, should I paint a few stars inside? Well, perfection only comes with practice.
So, maybe I’m not ready to stencil vines or animals or celestial shapes on my bed posts. I’ll practice a lot more before I attempt that!