*this is a sponsored post
I love stencils. I use them almost daily in my business. I make a lot of my own stencils with my silhouette machine but I’m always up for a cool stencil I can purchase to add to my stash. So when my friend Angie from Knick of Time developed her own line of stencils I was thrilled for her (and for me cause I love cool stencils) – and then she offered me a free stencil to try out and share about with all of you!
Angie sent me her Milk and Cream co. Stencil along with a stencil brush.
I used some reclaimed pine boards that used to be shelving in a closet.
I painted the board with a new line of paint I am now carrying called ‘Colors of Sweden’. This color is my fav of the line, and all the colors are awesome! This one is called ‘Gustav’ and is a wonderful shade of pale grey. NO VOC, this paint dries fast and the finish is amazing.
For the stencil I used Paint Couture paint in Midnight Blue, and I used the stencil brush Angie included with the stencil. The brush was awesome. Just the right length bristles, good stiffness without being too stiff, and a good size for stenciling.
For this stencil I wanted a soft, faded look so I offloaded the brush really well before starting to stencil. The ‘drier’ the brush the more hand-painted your stencil will end up looking.
Softly and gently I painted over the stencil with slow, circular motion. No pouncing for me – this technique gives a prettier look 😀
After the paint dried I sanded lightly with 400 grit sandpaper to give it even more of a worn look.
Then I decided to distress a bit more. I added some Weathered Wood glaze from the same line as the Midnight blue paint. I sell all these products and I love every single one. I will share more about my paint line soon.
The Weathered Wood glaze is very subtle – you can see it in the top half of the board where I’ve started adding it. Since this glaze is so light I brush it on and leave it instead of wiping it back off like you need to do with darker glazes.
And here is my finished piece. I love the soft, barely distressed look it has.
I loved the stencil, it was well made and easy to use.
This stencil also cleaned up well. I recommend you wash your stencils as soon as you are finished using them. I lay mine in my kitchen sink and run warm water over it. I use a a soft scratcher to work lose any paint that has dried too much to rinse off with just water. If I need to I add a bit of dish soap too.
All cleaned up – cleaning up each time prevents paint from building up on the edges of your stencil. Too much paint build up and you will need a new stencil. Taking the proper care of your stencils will allow you to use them for many projects 🙂
My husband added keyhole slots to all my wood boards. I made several different styles and sold them at the pop-up shop event The Summer Market. I made a few extra and will share them with you soon. They will be available in my shop this fall after I’ve had time to restock!
I made one in red and white too. Loving this color combination!
Take a look at all the stencils Angie has to offer in her shop. Make your own ‘Milk and Cream’ sign or choose from one of her other great designs.
*I received the stencil and brush for free in return for sharing about it here. All opinions are 100% mine.
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Hope Williams says
Wow I’m in love with the red and white one! I too have a love for stencils. They can make or break a piece in my opinion.
Excited about new stencils!
Jill Flory says
Thanks Hope – I’m glad red is returning as an ‘in’ color. It’s been sort of of the radar for a few years but it’s making a comeback!
Alys Milner says
Jill Flory says
Thank you so much!