~1 picture frame ( I purchased mine at a local craft store on clearance for $3!) This is a good opportunity to use an old one you may have lying around or pick up cheap at a thrift store or on clearance.
~paint(s) of your choosing. I used black and white.
~Burlap canvas. I purchased a 3-pack for just under $6. You could always make a set of 3 frames...they don't even have to match!
~1 wooden word of your choosing. I had this one left from a previous project, hence why it is white and blue
~Paint brushes ( I usually use foam because they are cheaper)
~Hot glue gun
Optional items: (not pictured)
~Clear finishing spray*
~Any embellishments of your choosing
To start off, if you want to sand your frame then this is completely up to you. I usually don't unless I don't think the paint will stick to the surface I'm using. They also make a primer that allows paint to stick to any surface if you prefer that. Since I will be spraying my piece with matte finishing spray, I usually skip sanding and just prime.
After you have prepped your piece, go ahead and apply the first layer of your chosen color of paint. I choose to use acrylic often simply because it is cost effective and it dries rather quickly. I alternate between painting coats on my frame and my word so that they have time in between to allow them to dry.
*Note: If you choose to use a finishing spray; be sure that you have covered the original piece well. The spray will bring out any spots you miss. If it does, just call it a vintage distress look and go with it!*
The smaller brush in the picture below looks quite a bit like a makeup applicator, but it's actually a brush that came in a variety pack of foam brushes. I love it! It's great for getting into the small nooks and crannies on the words.
I chose to do my first stencil in the middle of my canvas and alternate on the sides so that you could see the entire stencil throughout the canvas. If you have never used a stencil before, make sure you dip your dauber in paint and daub it a few times on your surface before you do it on your canvas. Too much paint can cause the stencil to bleed. You're looking for a look that is not uniform. Missing places is ok, and makes the piece unique.
Finally, use your glue gun to place your word on your canvas. After that is done, I used hot glue to set the canvas in place. You can skip this step if your frame has holders already in place from a previous picture. Unless of course, you totally LOVE to use your glue gun, then by all means, glue that puppy down!
As always, I hope I have inspired some of you to make your own pieces!
Have a good evening and craft on!