Overall Workshop Process

  1. You will receive a blank unfinished board in the size you ordered.
  2. You will be given options for a background color/style. This is your choice of colors and you will be given instructions on how to get the desired look you want.
  3. Dry time. This is a perfect way to make new friends or chat with the friends you brought with you and to indulge in some refreshments.  It’s also a good time look at colors available to paint your stencil.
  4. Once your board is dry we will go over the directions on how to properly apply your stencil. Each stencil is customized to fit your project.
  5. Once your stencil is applied, you can paint.  We use the “dab” technique.  This technique is used to make sure the paint does not go under the stencil.  Keep in mind some boards are textured differently and “bleed through”* can occur due to the texture of the board.
  6. Once you have finished painting and your project has been checked by an instructor, you may remove your stencil. Remove it carefully, yet firmly so as not to pull up the natural splinters in the wood.
  7. Your project will be finished with a polyurethane coating to protect the paint, a sawtooth hanger will be applied to the back and you will be ready to go! It’s that easy!

*Bleed through is when the paint goes under the stencil leaving a less than clear line.

Special notes: We use low odor/low VOC stains that dry quickly when applied evenly.  If you apply heavily, expect your project to take longer to dry.  It is difficult to apply the vinyl stencil to a wet board, so please be patient with this process.  We use American Paint Company Chalk/Mineral Base Paint over the stencil.  This paint is very thick and dries quickly when applied evenly.  Please follow instructions when applying paint on your stencil so you do not run into “caking” problems which will leave you with a less than desirable looking project.