Thursday, November 8, 2018

Guest Designer: May Flaum

Hi, everyone! May Flaum here! When it comes to stencils I love them in all sizes and styles! One way that I’ve been super into using them lately is to build a base texture on a wood or canvas surface that I can layer color over to create an aged effect. Today I’ll be sharing with you my most recent project – a cute little box that turned out beautifully with a Tea Cup & Fleur Mix stencil.


1.      Apply stencil(s) to surface using a paste medium. Matte finish is best – I prefer a light paste. You don’t need a heavy layer, just enough to have texture.
2.      Once dry, apply your first coat of paint. I applied soft blue and lavender here. You can start light and add dark, or do the opposite.
3.      Once the base layer of color is dry, add another. I like to use watered down acrylic paint for this stage to help build color gently. Here’s a tip! Sponge off excess with a paper towel – and watch the texture that happens if you use a towel with good texture!
4.      Once finished with paints, add some ink highlights with waterproof ink if desired.
5.      For some metallic fun, use a metallic ink pad, then add embossing powder and heat set. I used some gold and gold powder here to add a bit of shine and even more texture.
At this point – you’re done! You could add embellishments, additional colors if desired, or simply sit back and enjoy your good work. I love how the stencils add to this project and so simply! There is a reason I always say I can’t live without stencils – they can be so useful in so many ways on all of your projects. 
For more of my crafty adventures you can find me on Facebook and Instagram, and at my blog!


  1. Very cute project - thanks for the idea!

  2. waue great art,you are very creative. thank for showing

  3. I love the box you created and the way you use textures and colors! That would make an awesome tea storage caddy for a gift! Thanks for using my stencil in such a fun and creative way!

  4. This is so cute! I agree with Sandee that this would make such a fun gift filled with tea bags!!


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