New European Flair Stencil Designs Have Arrived!

This post goes hand in hand with my next, discussing  painted finishes using  stencils and plaster to create relief.

These are the new stencil design we recently added:  (click on a design if you want more details)

I’m the one that has a hard time NOT adding a stencil somewhere on that piece of furniture I’m refinishing…

I favor designs like these above – ones that can be repeated for an allover effect, stacked, even split apart, using portions of the whole,  and I like to make sure the stencils are thick enough to use with thicker mediums like plaster and stone products (again one of my favorite to-dos)

A stencil has to be able to withstand multiple uses and clean up, without breaking down, damaged edges etc.

My advise to anyone new to stenciling ?

CLEAN IT AS SOON AS YOU USE IT

If you let the stencil sit for a bit after you use it, you will find it much harder to clean, especially if you are stenciling with paints or plasters.    I give it a fast rinse, then lay it on a flat surface and scrub with a fat brush and Deep Green

Deep Green is a super concentrated cleaner/stain remover that can be used full strength (how I like) or diluted for a daily cleaner.   Full strength its quite powerful – it made quite a difference in my grungy work deep sink when I used it full strength on a brush –

With my stencils, I use my brush to grab some cleaner then swirl away on the dirty stencil … 

laying  it on a flat surface keeps from bending the stencil medium

Rinse your brush good, and your stencil, and lay it flat to dry.

You can find stencils, cleaners, and all my favorite chalk and clay and plaster type paints,  finishes, glazes, sealers at our online store  www.fabfinisher.com  

If you need brushes we carry those as well, in all shapes and sizes.  Our favorite round brush prices will knock your socks off 🙂

Enjoy your week,

hopefully filled with spring-like weather!

 

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New Round of Gift With Purchase Stencils Have Arrived!

After getting some feedback from you guys,  this new round of stencils just arrived  –

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I’ve got to put together the rest of the bag,  will most likely include a stencil brush, small paint pot, small texture pot, scraper, instructions, similar to what I’ve offered prior

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DSC_0269DSC_0276DSC_0270DSC_0274DSC_0267DSC_0273Gift is with any purchase of $125 or more

(before tax/shipping)

I will be working on setting  up a ‘choices’  area in checkout, where you can select your stencil preference  (while available).  In the mean time, if you order and DONT see an option box, let me know your selection preference in our Comments/Notes area.

Otherwise, I get to pick!

Lastly, for those that will ask,  no, I am not selling the stencils  individually, but I will be adding the Gift Bag as an option to buy, in case you’d like to give it as a gift to your special someone.

Find our full lines of paints, sundries and accessories in our online store,  we’ve  shipped all over the world    –     fabfinisher.com

Are you local to the old store, and would like to save on shipping?  We offer local pickup,  just order what you need online, and we can have it ready for pickup within 12-24 hrs (even sooner if possible).  We are near 25 Mile and Van Dyke.

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One of My Personal Favorites – Aged Papers…



You might be able to tell from our online selection of nearly 300 unique paper designs,  I’m a sucker for these Aged Papers

There are many ways to use these pretty, hand dripped, 10×17 papers…    A simple frame

 

Or adding a painted or textural finish as a blended border…

Forget the frame and just mount them to something – a canvas, a star…

This was a popular specialty workshop I enjoyed teaching, and it will be one that you’ll see back on my smaller scale workshop calendar  –

I have an online video on my process, applying the aged papers onto furniture/accessories with our paints, textural plasters and colored waxes – you can find that here

I start on a painted base, and apply the paper with our Matte or Satin Sealer

My “GO TO” plaster for paper finishes, Caromal Colour’s Perfect Plaster – it’s whippy, gritty, kindof see through, but not…

it’s best applied with our Whizz roller, and a chip brush…

You can create dimensional layers with this plaster, using a scraper as it dries… you can scrape or roll in more plaster, or mix in a couple drops of a paint color or two, to add even more depth…

My goal in the end is to have the paper blend right into the textural finish created – the edges lost in focus-

Once your plaster/paint finish is dried, you can color it up with glazes, or my favorite – a blend of American Paint Wax colors.  I like to rely on their Clear Wax, and I tint a multitude of color and shimmer waxes using our Mica Powder and Stone Pigments.

Personalize a gift with your favorite print –

A few years ago I posted about painting my laundry cabinets

If you’re like me, you’ll find there are too many Botanical prints to choose from,  but using them to decorate a wall like I did in my laundry room was the perfect way to not have to CHOOSE favorites…

Super simple, the walls were already painted, right?  I just took our Matte Sealer, brushed on a section at a time, stuck the paper, brushed over it again with Sealer and then scraped out the bubbles…

Good place and perfect color  for that old frame from the store-

I especially enjoy getting the papers blown up, and incorporating them into my furniture finishes –

I’ll post more extensively on several of these pieces later,  this read is long enough 🙂

Find our full lines of paints, sundries and accessories in our online store,  we’ve  shipped all over the world    –     fabfinisher.com

Are you local to the old store, and would like to save on shipping?  We offer local pickup,  just order what you need online, and we can have it ready for pickup within 12-24 hrs (even sooner if possible).  We are near 25 Mile and Van Dyke.

Have a blessed week

love and miss you Bella! x o x o

 

 

 

Easter Thinking…


An old chair…

How long ago,   Jesus was  crucified…  so our sins would be forgiven.

We take old chairs, and we breathe new life into them-

Just like breathing  new life into an older piece of furniture, God breathes new life into us.

He sent his son to save our souls….

This is Easter.