Slowly but surely I am working on art for my stair landing. Take a look at the frames I made last week to compliment this piece.
This week I found a long piece of wood in my garage and was inspired.
This piece was really simple to create, but makes such a statement.
I cleaned up the wood and painted it with black chalkboard paint. I knew I wanted to use the word family. I could have used vinyl, or painted it with premade letter stencils. I chose to create a stencil with my Silhouette. This as a first for me, I used contact paper and made a 48″ stencil. Yes it’s totally possible! I started with a great tutorial from Silhouette School on Cutting Longer Than the Mat. While you are there, take a look at Melissa’s other posts. If you want to learn a Silhouette technique or just be inspired this is the place to start.
Here’s how I cut my stencil.
I followed the tutorial and set my page size to the size of the wood. I trimmed the width of the contact paper to fit my machine, then using Vinyl settings I cut my contact paper without a mat.
I weeded out the letters and slowly adhered the stencil to the wood. I started at the top and smoothed out the bubbles with my scraper tool as I went down the board.
This whole process took just a few minutes. i was really impressed with how easy it was.
I wanted this to look like chalkboard art so I used white chalk paint from Decoart. I used a sponge brush and very little paint to give the letters a worn look.
I am debating whether I should season my chalkboard with regular chalk to give it that worn look. I think I’ll decide on that once everything else is up in this space.
One more thing I need to mention; Monkey Hooks! I have read about these and needed to try them for myself. They are funky little hooks that go directly into drywall and hold up to 20 lbs. This wood sign is pretty heavy so I wanted to use more than a picture hanger. I followed the package directions and just pushed them into the wall, so easy.
I used some eye hooks on the top of the board to hang the piece. It feels very sturdy and was so easy to put up, I don’t mind seeing the hooks. If you want to try them for yourself you can get a pack on Amazon Monkey Hook Picture Hangers (affiliate link)
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