Hi everyone, it's Gwen back again this month with another installment of Gwen's Gems! This month, I decided it was time to tackle something from my "As Seen on Pinterest" to-do list. How many of you have one of those? In any case, a while back I found these beautiful painted spice tins on Pinterest. You can buy a beautiful set of 12 - for about $250 (unless the exchange is good!) So yeah... that was a big NO! Instead, that went onto my list of things to try and make myself, and that's what I did this month! With stencils, of course.
First, start with some plain metal tins - there are lots of sizes, but these are the ones I used. For painting on metal, there are additives you can use with paint so that it doesn't flake or scratch off. You can also use a metal primer (from the hardware store,) followed by two coats of gesso and then paint. If it's a non-ferrous metal, you can try and get by without primer. If it's ferrous, you probably want an anti-rusting metal primer. I went risky and skipped the primer (since I didn't have any) and started with two coats of gesso and red paint, then I stenciled a base design on using Payne's Grey.
Ornamental Embroidery stencil. Next, I used a paint pen to outline where the stencil design was going to become the base for my flowers and stems - using a stencil doesn't mean you have to use the exact design, it's also a great starting point!
Ornamental Floral Screen stencil. Once all the paint was dry, I coated the whole thing with a layer of glossy varnish. Shiny!
Have you ever used your stencils to create something inspired by Pinterest? We'd love to hear about it!
Until next time, happy stenciling!