For today's "how-to" blog post, I thought it would be fun to tell you a little bit about the NEW "Delta Ceramcoat Select Multi-Surface Satin Paints" and show them in action using a Delta 3-piece value pack stencil! Ceramcoat acrylic paints are not new; they have been around for many years, but what is new to this product line is a new additional formula! Ceramcoat Select is a multi-surface formula which means you can paint on all sorts of surfaces such as: wood, terra cotta, glass, ceramics, canvas, paper mache, rigid plastic, and metal. Currently there are 40 trend-right colors in the line! Being acrylic, Ceramcoat Select is waterbase, so clean up is super easy using mild soap and water. And best news, they are made in the USA, right here in Georgia!
I wanted to continue with a fall color palette for this project. Come follow along, you may just pick up a painting/stenciling tip along the way! So let's get started ...
To be honest when I gathered my supplies for this pic, I really was not 100% sure what my exact color palette would be, nor was I sure exactly which tools I would use. However, the list below is exact to the project created!
Before we begin, let's take a look at the three stencil designs that are packaged in the "Garden" Value Pack.
Don't you love value packs of craft supplies? This stencil value pack is awesome because you can use one stencil design independent of the others or in unison as I did today! And although this can be used in fun bright colors for spring or summer designs, I thought you might enjoy seeing a traditional spring theme design created with a fall color palette. With only seven colors, I completely changed the look and feel ... so let's do some project planning and prep, shall we?
If you have been following my "how-to" blog posts for a while, you already know that I like to plan the spacing of my stencils when working with an alphabet or words. I quickly grabbed the frame and my alphabet stencil and began tracing letters creating the word, "Faith." I'll hang onto it until I am ready to stencil.
The painting part is always my favorite, I LOVE to paint! I knew I was going to stencil the climbing vines on the large plaque in a fall color palette so I wanted a special background for the stenciling. I quickly poured puddles of Ivory and Harvest Gold next to each other and loaded my 3/4" flat brush with both colors. Ceramcoat Select paint offers great hide which means the colors are nice and opaque which is helpful when I was working on a wood plaque that is heavily wood grained! You can see below that I brushed back and forth loading the brush good and full of both colors.
I then painted the board using a technique we call "Slip Slap" which is so much fun! Keeping the brush flat to the surface, pull a short stroke, lift and flip the brush over with the flip of your wrist; and pull a second short stroke next to the first one. Continue "slip slapping" across the entire surface slightly overlapping the brush strokes to very lightly blend the colors. TIP: Be very careful not to overdo the slip slap in one place as you will overblend the colors. The desired end result is a soft mottled look, softly blended and overlapped.
And here is a look at the finished board. Notice, I only slip slapped the top surface. The routed edges will be painted a trim color as an accent in a bit.
I wanted to continue the "Slip Slap" background technique on the scalloped frame, so I added Light Foliage Green to my palette and loaded the brush in the same manner after cleaning it.
And here's a look at the scalloped frame completed with the Slip Slap Background Technique. Allow both boards to dry. TIP: Sometimes, paint will raise the grain of raw wood, if that has happened to your boards, take a moment to sand lightly using medium to fine sandpaper to smooth the surface. If desired, you can apply a second coat of the slip slap technique OR you can basecoat an opaque color, sand, then paint the slip slap technique.
Next, I concentrated on the large 11" x 14" wood plaque. I chose Light Foliage Green, Autumn Brown and Orange Soda for the colors of the leaves. I also chose to only use the fern leaf design, so I masked the other areas using stencil tape. I began with Light Foliage Green and very lightly stenciled using a stippling or dabbing up and down motion. Can you see that the color is NOT solid? That is the light look I was striving for. TIP: To properly load a stencil brush, touch the paint puddle with the flat surface of the stencil brush bristles. Dab a couple times on the palette to fully incorporate the paint across the bristles and then off-load excess paint by dabbing onto a paper towel. Never begin stenciling immediately after you loaded the brush as you will run the risk of allowing too much paint onto the stencil and possibly creating a paint blob under the stencil design.
I then loaded a separate stencil brush with Autumn Brown and stenciled here and there using a circular motion. TIP: It is always a good idea to use a clean, dry brush for each color rather than trying to clean a brush between colors.
And here you will see that Orange Soda was the last color I stenciled using a circular motion to soften and blend the colors. TIP: When stenciling with a dabbing up and down motion, paint is being applied and can be applied over a previous color, however, when stenciling with a circular motion, the paints will be softened and blended together.
Lift and reveal ... voila! Isn't this cool? Here is a look at the first completed climbing vine on the slip slap painted background.
Continue stenciling vines using the same color combinations, moving the stencil in different directions until the entire board is covered with fall vines!
I then began working on the scalloped frame ... centering my tracing paper pattern at the bottom of the frame, I taped it in place and used this paper pattern as a letter guide when stenciling.
I stenciled each letter with three colors.... the center - North Sea, the bottom - Autumn Brown, and the top - Seafoam. TIP: Be sure to use three separate brushes one for each color otherwise you will end up with a muddy mess of colors.
Using a liner brush loaded with thinned Autumn Brown I painted an outline to the left and bottom of each letter.
The rest of the frame was accented with stenciled butterflies using North Sea, Seafoam and Autumn Brown. You may notice that I did not stencil the butterfly antennae, I choose to hand paint them next. TIP: Allow some butterfly designs to fall off the edges for added interest!
And here is the linerwork ... painted antennae with thinned Autumn Brown!
And tiny descending sized Autumn Brown polka dots creating the butterfly flight path! TIP: I used a stylus, however, you can use a dead ballpoint pen, a toothpick, or even the handle end of your liner brush!
Continue polka dotting ... add Orange Soda dots to the letters for fun!
And Orange Soda painted lines on the lower butterfly wings.... just for fun and to add color balance!
Lastly, I added Orange Soda polka dots to the lower wings, five on each side!
Let's go back to the original board ... because I knew I was going to layer the two wood pieces, I wanted to tie the color story together. So, I painted North Sea on the routed edge. I know you may be thinking ... WHAT??? ... but trust me, I will look cool when layered.
Rather than just fit a photo in the frame and then stack it to the wood plaque .... now that would be boring .... I decided to layer it with dimension. So I found a couple scrap buttons I had on hand and hot glued a couple creating risers. I made four button risers total.
Next, affix the button risers to the back of the frame using hot glue.... easy peasy!
Prepare your photo and mount on the backside of the frame and then hot glue the frame to the background board by adding glue to the button risers again. Here is a close up of the layering ... so fun, isn't it?
And here is one more look at my finished project. Wasn't that fun? Layering wood surfaces creates added interest ... using a Delta "Garden" spring stencil design with a fall color palette offers the unexpected ... and Ceramcoat Select offers you the opportunity to paint on many different types of surfaces!