Outline of Sign Workshop

  1. You will receive a blank unfinished board in the size you ordered at the start of Workshop.
  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 made to fit the board you have chosen.  Any stencil can be sized to fit a different style board.  The stencils are made here in the shop and can be changed as necessary.
  5. Once your stencil is applied, you can paint. It is very important to listen to the instructor on how to properly paint over your stencil to avoid any messy situations.  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.  Bleed through is when the paint goes under the stencil leaving a less than clear line.
  6. Once you are through painting over your stencil 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 wax 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!

Special notes: We use low odor/low VOC stains that dry fairly 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.