1 Stencil 4 Ways Series –

This month we have an amazing array of project designs for you.  We have more than 4 ways to share how to use 1 simple stencil so grab a cup of coffee and check it out.  Take your time and go all the way to the bottom, because you don’t want to miss any of these.

First up is one of our Guest Designers, Robin Tompkins from Do It Yourself Inspirations.  Robin created four different projects herself:

As guest designer for The Crafters Workshop, I’ve been assigned stencil set number 383 designed by Ronda Palazzari. The purpose of the One Stencil Four Ways series is to demonstrate the endless possibilities of a stencil based on numerous creators.

My first project is a lazy susan redo.

Having this plain Jane Lazy Susan… I really wanted to do something with it and this stencil set gave me the opportunity to change it out.  (Insert smirk here… With a couple of lady names in one sentence; maybe I’ll name this handy kitchen helper “Susan Jane”.)

To start, I needed to sand off the original finish of the wood to stain it the base color I desired.

The stain color I like and used for this is “gunstock” having red tones. Just a tad of flashy.

Then I brushed on a water based paint in onyx color around the edges and wiped off leaving the paint residue in the crevices. This technique allowed me to achieve an aged wood look.

Where some of the paint was too much, I lightly sanded it off by hand.

Hmm, not as dark as what I had in mind. Let’s do this again, shall we?

The second coat of paint and stain is much better. Then a little wiping and sanding made Suzan Jane a bit older. Maturity is stately, I always say.

Then the exciting part…decorating with this stencil!  After measuring the lazy susan and the stencils, I made light pencil marks for placement.

Then taped down the stencil and painted with a sponge “spouncer”.

I allowed the paint to dry thoroughly before sanding lightly.

Using fine grit sandpaper I sanded lightly over the entire surface concentrating on the stenciled parts for more distressing.

Using coconut oil and a rag, I conditioned the wood to bring out the rich tones by rubbing it in.


For my next project is this plain lamp shade.  Boring.  (eyes rolling)  It needs something… anything will help it. Lacking color and design, I had to give it a makeover.

Using this stencil set for the second time, I opted to use all of them and small parts of them to create a design on the lamp shade.

For color, I started by painting the shade with watered down acrylic in a light turquoise. Similar to watercolor paint, I allowed bleeding and blending with some dry brushing in vertical strokes.

Then I painted the top and bottom trim in black for contrast.

I tried to create a pattern of the stencils in upper left and bottom right on each panel of the shade for visual interest. That utilized two stencils per panel.

Using masking tape to hold in place, I sponged on black acrylic paint.

This pattern was repeated on the panel on the opposite side.

Then I used parts of each stencil in the remaining spaces.

It’s almost as though the shade was made for the lamp… (smirking and winking)

Now the lamp is full of character. From boring to ” so sassy”!

For my third project is a fabric collage commemorating a marriage proposal. The collage is prepared by printing the photos on fabric and painting the couple’s monogram with the stencils.

I used a finished wooden board.

I also used fabric swatches with prints in shades of white, cream, light blues, teal and green shades.

I used two stencils of the #383 set; modifying one of them into an “E”.

I chose two photos…the Proposal and the “Yes” …

and printed them on the back of the fabric swatches with the inkjet printer.

Then arranged the fabric design layout.

I used tacky glue to attach the fabric to the wood; one section at a time and smoothing out with the palm of my hand, avoiding wrinkles.  I left enough fabric to fold over and glue to the back side of the board.  (Just like wrapping a gift.)

I opted to work with the first stencil “&” in the center of the collage.  I taped it onto the fabric with masking tape.

I sponged on white, light blue and teal acrylic paints through the stencil onto the fabric.

The engaged couple both have “E” names.  So I modified this stencil to create an “E”.

I had a package of these “bling” stick ons to add to the collage.  Because the event happened at a winter festival in an ice castle, I thought it would be fitting to add some more sparkle to match the snow, ice,  and … of course, the ring!

I spread the “blingers” sporadically, like snowflakes all around the collage.

The collage so far.  Now, to hang it.

To hang the display, I used this wood curtain rod…

I reduced the size of the rod by cutting it to fit the board with a bit of overhang on each side.  By drilling pilot holes through the rod and into the display board, I could easily attach the rod with wood screws.

I also had this glass teardrop beaded garland stashed away that was originally for a wedding cake. Thinking it would be a nice touch for the collage… and simulating “more ice”… I added it to the top on the rod.

“E” for her….

And “E” for him.

Aren’t they sweet! Bless their hearts.  The gentleman is my son.  And this is one of his happy moments.

Finally, my fourth project is this fading rug that I stuffed away for “junk use”.

Still usable, but not as nice as it used to be, I thought the stencil series would be a great opportunity to liven it up.

To start, I cleaned it and spray painted it.

The pile absorbed the paint, so I painted again. Then, one more time.

This stencil kind of spoke “citrus” to me. So choosing bright green, orange and yellow colors, I planned the design for the rug.

G=Green, O=Orange, and Y=Yellow

Supplies: The stencil, paper plates for the paint, masking tape, cut up sponge into little blocks, and artists’ oil paints.

Taping the stencil in place, I followed my design pattern doing one color throughout the entire rug. (Five each of one color for the project.)

Starting with the green…

then moving on to the orange…

and finally the yellow.  This was a relaxing project on this cool fall day. It made me drink lemonade and wish I had picked up some limes and oranges to mix into it. The thought of it was like an awesome “citrus-aide” recipe.  I’ll have to try it.

I was really enjoying the colors.

It blended in well the deck decor.

And, the rug is not only new again but currently back in use! With the oil based paints, it will stand up to water and weather quite nicely. Now, if only we can have an extended summer to enjoy it.

Until next time, this final project concludes my demonstrations for this stencil set #383.  I could have done several more because this “One Stencil 4 Ways Series” really can overwhelm you with creativity. There are literally so many uses for them which leads your mind to wander. Mine does that… a lot.

Perhaps you have many ideas of your own for this set! I’d love to hear about them!

Happy creating!


Next up, we have guest designer, Keri Sallee.

Hello All!

Keri Sallee here and I am so excited to share with you my part in this month’s “1 Stencil 4 Ways.”

When I saw the Ronda Palazzari stencil I was asked to use, I had a BAJILLION ideas on how to use it.

This time, I decided to do something a little different. Instead of using the stencil directly on the project, I decided to use the stencil to make a new tool…a foam stamp!

Here is a complete step by step guide on how to make your own foam stamps!

Check out How to DIY Foam Stamps Using a Stencil by Keri Sallee on Snapguide.

With my new stamp, I made this little canvas!

I simply painted my new foam stamp with white acrylic paint and stamped it onto a canvas I had prepped with patterned tissue paper and matte gel medium.

From there, I added loads of Fancy Pants rub-ons, acrylic paints (some watered down), Heidi Swapp Color Shine on the patterned tissue paper and sharpie lines and stitches.

Here’s a few close-ups!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today! I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

You can find me in cyberspace at:



The Creative Life Blog





And one of our Design Team members, Lynne Forsythe.

Hello TCW fans!! Lynne Forsythe here, and I am excited to be apart of this months Stencil Series!
One Stencil Four Ways!
I was asked to create with TCW 383 And So On 12 x 12.


I placed the stencil on top of a 8 x 8 Canvas Corp Brands Natural Canvas.
I then applied acrylic paint and clear glaze through the stencil.

....and by Lynne Forsythe

When the paint was dry,
I sprayed a bit of Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist
on the canvas.

Now it I had 3 more canvas’ I would have created
a Wall Art Piece…..each canvas a different color
….but I didn’t so I continued in my creative process.

....and by Lynne Forsythe

I shaved off a bit of a Gelatos from the Steampunk Collection.
Mixed it with water.
Spritzed my canvas with water
and created shadows around the images.

....and by Lynne Forsythe

I chose to finish off my canvas with Vintage lace,
and flowers….
and a quote!
….and in the end, it’s not the years in you life that count,
it’s the life in your years!

Hope you enjoyed my creation….

Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

We love to hear from our fans, so please leave a comment here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.