Stenciled Mugs

Hello Everyone! Jen Lashua here, I had a lot of fun creating the stenciled coasters for my last post so, I decided to keep up with the theme and create these stenciled mugs. In case you missed my earlier post on hand painted stenciled coasters, click here.

Jen stenciled mugs


Supplies for Stenciled MugsSupplies needed:

  • Mugs (plain w/ no images or text)
  • Foam brushes
  • Paint: Mutl-Surface or Enamel paint, these are specially created to be used on ceramic and or glass.
  • Tape
  • Stencils: I used the following stencils;

        TCW 2064 Bokeh

        TCW 2030 Layered Flower

        TCW 519S Hummingbirds

        TCW 523S Be in Love

        TCW 537S Tiled Flowers

        TCW 554S Butterfly

       TCW 2074 Sunflower Fragments

  • Mod Podge / dishwasher safe (optional) to seal in the paint

Step 1: Place stencil design on mug.

Choose your stencil design, here I used TCW 2030 Layered Flower

Use tape to secure your stencil, I used washi tape.

mug prep 1Step 2: Apply paint to stencil

Make sure to use Mutl-Surface or Enamel paint

mug 1 getting ready to paintChoose your paint color, apply with foam brush to stencil. Use smaller amounts of paint. Too much paint tends to smudge.

paintng mug

Close up painted stencil over mug Stencil pictured is TCW 2030 “Layered Flower

Step 3: Cleaning around stencil

Use a Q-tip or baby wipe to gently clean off any paint that has spilled over the outer-most edges of the stencil. You will want to work rather quickly as this type of paint (multi-surface/enamel) dries faster than regular acrylic paint.

q-tip cleaning

Step 4: Remove stencil from mug and clean your stencil to avoid paint drying on it.

Removing stencil from mug

Mug 2:

Following the above steps, here I used Stencil TCW 523S  “Be in Love”

mug 2

On this mug, I decided to do both sides but used different styles of stencils.

mug 2 step 1

Handle detail featuring the New  TCW 2064 “Bokeh” Stencil

finished stenciled handle

Be Love Mug“Be Love Mug” stencil used: TCW 523S “Be in Love

Mug 3:

Following the steps above, here I used Stencil TCW 554S “Butterfly”Mug 3 Applying paint

close up mug 2

 Finished stenciling the Butterfly mug: TCW 554S “Butterfly”

mug 2 close up

Side view:

mug 2 side

Step 4: Air drying. Let your mugs air dry in prep for oven curing

My mugs are stenciled and now air drying, about 45 minutes before they go into the oven.

ready for oven

Step 5: Oven curing

baking mugsYou will want to follow the directions on the back of the Muti-Surface/ enamel paint bottle, mine stated “Air Dry for 21 days, or Bake in oven: place mug into COOL oven, then heat to 350 F, bake for 30 minutes. After baking, allow mugs to cool inside the oven before opening the door, then remove mug. DO NOT OPEN the oven once you have put your mugs in, this can lead to cracking.

painted mugsOven baked and cooled mugs.

Step 6: Optional sealing

I used a dishwasher safe Mod Podge to put an extra layer of sealant on my mugs. It dries clear.

Step 7: ENJOY!

Now it’s time to brew your favorite cup of tea or coffee. Sit back, sip and enjoy your new creations!


‘Be Love Mug’ featuring Stencil TCW 523S   “Be in Love”

‘Humming Bird Mug’ featuring Stencil  TCW 519S “Hummingbirds”


‘Distressed Tiled Flowers’ featuring Stencil  TCW 537S  “Tiled Flowers

‘Butterfly Mug’ featuring Stencil TCW 554S  “Butterfly”


‘Blue Sunflower Flower Mug’ featuring Stencil   TCW 2074 “Sunflower Fragments

‘Silver Layered Flower Mug’ featuring Stencil   TCW 2030 “Layered Flower



2015 The Crafter’s Workshop Design team.

Mask your Masks Technique

Welcome to Friday! This is Rachel Kleinman here to share a fun technique to try with your TCW masks (or Bits and Fragments). So let’s mask your masks!


This card uses three TCW stencils and is quick to put together…


Start with a Bit or Fragment and a patterned stencil. I’m putting the design on a piece of white cardstock (4″ x 5.25″) with my Rock Crystals stencil on the bottom and the Sugar Skull Bit on top.



I taped the Sugar Skull to the cardstock to keep it in place. Now I inked around the mask onto the cardstock, being careful not to get any ink inside the Sugar Skull. I added a second ink color in a similar shade to add some depth to the background.



Remove the Rock Crystals stencil and position the Sugar Skull Bit back into the masked spot. Tape the mask down so it doesn’t shift and trace the outline.


Now go in with two colors of ink and blend inside the Sugar Skull Bit. I used a yellow and pink to blend the pattern easily.



To finish my card base, I added some black modeling paste through the Word Associations stencil to make the word ‘imagine’. Once the paste dries just add it to a folded card base and it’s finished!



Since the technique was so simple I threw together another card…


For my Dream card I used Daisy Splash as the background and Hot Air Balloon Fragment for the mask.


After creating these cards I see my Bits and Fragments in another light! I hope you give this technique a try to create some unique cards and art journal pages with your masks. Happy stenciling!

Rachel Kleinman

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The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

The Crafter’s Workshop Certified Educator

Stencils used:

TCW 2053 – Sugar Skull Bit

TCW 527s – Word Association

TCW 2075 – Hot Air Balloon Fragment

TCW 552s – Daisy Splash

TCW 522s – Rock Crystals

create – Documenting Creativity Itself with Stencils

Happy Wednesday crafters!

After sifting thru all the new stencils, I knew I HAD to use this one called ‘Flow Chart’ to document my journey into Art Journaling!

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I just love the graphics, the scale and obviously the word ‘CREATE!’

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Templates - Flow Chart

I started with a photo of some text play from my journal and the 12×12 ‘Flow Chart’ stencil.

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I am a little obsessed with ombre colors and this allowed me to use lots of mists while keeping the color palette to just a few tones.

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I started with the darkest color at the top and worked my way down, holding the mist farther away towards the bottom of the page.

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After the misting dried, I used black distress ink to stencil some of the numbers and postmark from the ‘Mini Ravenscape’ stencil over a few of the misted blocks of color.

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I used this delicious gold embossing paste over a couple words from the ‘Mini Word Association’ stencil to add some texture.

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I punched a few pieces of patterned paper to lay over a couple of the color blocked areas as well.

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Finally, I layered some more patterned paper, tracing paper and gold thread under my photo and tucked in a couple other embellishments.

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Some doodling, washi and black India ink splatters finished my page!  I know this is a stencil that will be getting lots of use!!

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Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  Hope you are inspired to create and have an amazing day!

Jenni Calma – The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils used:

 Flow Chart – TCW508

Mini Word Association – TCW527S

Mini Ravenscape – TCW529S

Scrapbook Layout with roses

Hello everyone! It’s Tanya. Today is my first post for the Crafters Workshop Team. I am very happy to be a part of such amazing team. The Crafters Workshop were the first stencils which I picked up. And I continue to admire each design of The Crafters Workshop stencils.

And my first project it is Layout with roses. This flowers my husband presented me on my 25 birthday! Our life is wonderful!


And this wood key is the symbol of our freedom. We choose our way and our attitude toward life depends on us.





I made background with spray ink and Fleur de Lis Doily TCW373 stencil





I painted a stencil pattern with black liner




I added Vellum and some decorations






Finally I added some splash og black glaze



And that is all! My LO is ready


I hope you enjoyed

Have a wonderful day!

The Crafters Workshop stencil:

Fleur de Lis Doily TCW373

Tanya Palamarchuk, The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Hand Painted Stenciled Coasters

Hello everyone! Jen here. I’m honored to be a part of the Crafter’s Workshop Design Team. Since the sun has finally made it’s way to us here in Vermont, I decided to do a quick tutorial on creating your very own Hand Painted Stenciled Coasters.

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These make great hostess gifts, adding a colorful, fun design to any home decor.


Here are the supplies you will need to create your stenciled coasters:

post 1 Supplies

  • Blank coasters: you can find on-line or in craft stores.
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paint: I used several different brands
  • Foam brush
  • Foam daubers: these are rounded, made of foam, as pictured above.
  • Stencils: for this tutorial I used the following stencils; Mums TCW173, Herringbone TCW228, Chevron TCW227 and Ferns TCW243.
  • Paint pens (optional): used to add detail on your coasters.
  • Palette knife (optional): for use in applying your finish/sealer
  •  Tar Gel or Modge Podge (optional): for finish/sealer


Step 1: Apply Gesso

I started out by applying a thin layer of gesso to my blank coasters, the gesso helps so the coasters won’t absorb as much paint, enabling you to use less paint overall. Allow time for your coaster to dry before moving on to the next step . If you want to create reversible coasters, then do this step on both sides of the coaster.

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Step 2: Paint your coaster

Pick your favorite color of paint and apply to your coaster using a foam brush. Allow the first layer to dry completely to avoid possible smudging. While you are waiting for this layer to dry you can work on another coaster, following the steps above.

post 1 step 3Step 3: Choose Stencil

Now that your painted coaster is dry from layer 1, you can choose your stencil pattern. Here, I worked with Chevron TCW227 & Ferns TCW243. Lay the stencil over your coaster and hold down with one hand.

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You will want to use a foam dauber to apply your paint. Make sure you aren’t using a a lot of paint in this step, less is better. I found that daubing works better and gets a cleaner image than dragging the dauber on the stencil.

Step 4: Paint stencil

Applying paint over your stencil

photo For added contrast I used an opposite and contrasting color; pictured below is my silver background.

Step 5:

Remove the stencil from your 1Sliver w/black, stencil: Chevron TCW227

photo 4Gold w/sliver, stencil: Chevron TCW227

photo 3Stencil: Ferns TCW243


allow enough time to ensure your coaster is totally dry.

Step 6: Adding detail with paint pens (optional)

Stencil: Mums TCW173

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Step 7:

This is optional, as well….Sealing and finishing your coaster.

To ensure the longest life of my coasters and to protect against damage from getting wet etc. I used Tar Gel, a colorless gel that gives a high gloss effect. I used it as a sealer/finish. You can also use Mod Podge if you can’t find Tar Gel and you will still get a gloss finish while sealing the coaster.

Applying the tar gel with a palette knife, letting the tar gel drip off the palette knife:

photo 1Smoothing out over the surface of the coaster with the palette knife.

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Smoothed out and ready to dry:

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This step does take a while, I like to let it dry overnight. You will notice the tar gel becomes cloudy with a blue hue when first applied, as it dries, the surface becomes clear and glossy.

Drying coasters:

IMG_04011) Stenciled Chevron TCW227 black w/gold

2) Stenciled Chevron TCW227 silver w/black

3) Stenciled Herringbone TCW228 purple w/persimmon

4) Stenciled Ferns TCW243 green w/gold and light green/gold



Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy your new creations!

The finished coasters:

IMG_0395 Stenciled Chevron TCW227 gold w/silver & Stenciled Chevron TCW227 black w/silver

IMG_0400Stenciled Mums TCW173 green w/white

IMG_0398Stenciled Ferns TCW243 green w/gold & Stenciled Mums TCW173 green w/white

I had a lot of fun creating these coasters and I hope you enjoyed this!



 2015 The Crafter’s Workshop Design team.