I would never call myself artsy. Creative? Sure. Artsy? No way. If you give me a brush and tell me to paint something, you would get something that looks like a 2 year old made it. Wait, that isn’t kind to all the 2-year olds. When I’m looking to create something a little more detail-oriented (i.e. anything but a blob), I turn to stencils. Stencils are my BFF. So when Plaid contacted me asking if I wanted to try out Ed Roth’s Stencil1 stencils, I was totally game. AND, better yet, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them… create DIY stenciled tea towels!
Not only did Plaid rock my socks by sending me these awesome stencils, but they also sent me a bunch of FolkArt multi-surface paints. Yeah. That’s right, peeps. Paint companies finally got smart and made a paint that is made to work on all surfaces: wood, ceramic, glass, fabric, skin. Okay. Not skin. But all of those other ones! AND they are even dishwasher safe! Awesome, amiright!?
- Tea towels (Mine came in a 5 pack at Walmart)
- Ed Roth’s Stencil1 bee/honeycomb stencils (available at Joann Fabric)
- Multi-surface paint or fabric paint
- Spouncer and/or paint brush
- Cardboard or paper bag
- Paint tray/paper plate
Start by putting your tea towel on top of your piece of cardboard/paper bag. This will make sure the paint doesn’t bleed through and get all over the place. Place the stencil on the tea towel and tape it down. Using a spouncer/paint brush, begin stippling paint onto your stencil.
When the stencil is filled in, carefully lift the tape and remove the stencil. Repeat these steps until you have as many bees as you want. Give them about 1 hour to dry.
Okay. Now this is the part of these stencils that blew me away. There is a detail stencil that goes on top of the silhouette stencil!!!!! WHAA!? All you have to do is line up the overlapping detail stencil, tape it down, and then spounce/stipple away!
Once you remove the detail stencil, you are left with this stenciled shape! For serious though. I wasn’t sure what I was going to think when I was creating this, but I freaking love it!! How cute are those bees!? Not scary at all! And that is saying something as an EpiPen-carrying-deathly-bee-allergy person! You can see that I wasn’t great at lining up the detail stencil (mostly because a certain puppy was very interested in what I was doing) but I kinda love the imperfection of it. I’m weird like that.
I also played with the super cute hexagon stencil and created a multi-colored honeycomb towel. That was even easier to use than the bees since it was just a single stencil. Anywho, my review? These stencils and awesome. I love how on-trend they are and their ease of use. All in all, I say they rock!
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