11¾” Square Grooved Board #63002
Americana Acrylic—Bahama Blue #13249
Americana Acrylic—Charcoal Grey #13088
Grey Graphite Paper #70141
Filbert size 8 #20119
1″ Glaze Wash Brush #20103
Laurie Speltz’s Stencil Brush size 1″ #29004
Small Sanding Pad—Fine/Extra Fine #70795
Simple Alphabet Stencil #71924
Paper to sketch on
Paper plate or paint palette
Note cards or thick paper
Lightly sand your wood in the direction of the grain. Wipe off dust. Use a sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ paper to sketch out the initial of your last name. Try to make the letter the entire length and width of the paper but keep the letter proportional and normal looking (not stretched out too much in weird ways). Then lightly transfer the initial of your family’s last name to the center of your board with your graphite paper and a pen or pencil. After transferring, check to see how dark your outline is. If necessary, use an eraser to lighten your lines so that they won’t show under your paint. They should be barely visible.
Use your size 8 Filbert brush to carefully paint Bahama Blue around the outside of your family initial so that it is outlined with about half an inch of paint. Then use the 1″ Glaze Wash brush to continue working your way outward until you reach the edges of the wood. If you make a mistake and get paint on the inside of your family initial just wipe it off and keep going. After you’re done you can go back and clean up those spots using your sanding pad.
Make sure that the blue paint is completely dry before you stencil your full last name on top of your design. To make sure that your letters line up and look straight, position the Simple Alphabet stencil in the middle of your board, parallel to the top and bottom. Then use a pencil to very lightly trace the bottom of the stencil so that you can line it up each time you paint a letter. If you want to be exact, use a ruler to measure and make sure the line is the same distance from the bottom of the wood on each end.
Before you begin using the Charcoal Grey first tape a note card or thick paper on top of the stencil letters on either side of the letter you are about to use. Then put a small amount of Charcoal Grey on your paper plate or palette. Using your 1″ Stencil Brush, pounce your brush into the paint, tap it on the plate and then again on a paper towel, to remove excess paint. Then, lightly stencil the first letter of your name. After each letter you paint remove the taped paper on the stencil and then wash and dry the stencil. Let paint dry before continuing. Follow these same steps for each letter.
Gently erase any pencil lines you made after your last name is complete and dry. Enjoy your art!