One Stencil Four 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.  Each month on the 14th we will feature a list of projects created by our Guest Designers and a few members of our Design Team where they used one stencil in a few different ways.   We will highlight four different ways to use the selected stencil.

This month we are featuring TCW 42 Navaho. Checks out the projects created by our designers,

Our first post is by our guest designer, recently added to our full-time Design Team, Robin Tompkins with Redo It Yourself Inspirations, for The Crafter’s Workshop.  Robin writes, “I’ve been assigned stencil number 425 designed by Jaime Echt, the founder and Creative Director. The purpose of the One Stencil Four Ways series is to demonstrate the endless possibilities of one stencil used, based on numerous creators.

My project objective was to turn this old calendar frame into a serving tray utilizing the stencil as a design.

First, I measured to cut luan for the back of the frame and attached it with plenty of small nails. Then stained it to match up to the frame.

Then I measured to find the center of the frame to start my design layout. Using the stencil twice, fitting it on the base of the tray.

I painted one side, then reversed the stencil to catch the design in the center making it adjoined, while creating yet another design.

Then painted the reverse side.

For a worn wood look, I lightly sanded down the entire tray; frame and stenciled base.

Then applied a black stain rubbing in lightly and wiping off to age the wood frame.

Then sanded again.

I have a bunch drawer pulls, and chose to use this pair as handles for the tray.

Painting them in semi gloss black enamel made them more rustic to go with the wood.

I measured the hardware for screw placement and drilled the holes to attach them.

Then applied one coat of polyurethane to the entire tray.

When dried, I attached the handles.

And then it was ready to use.

How’s that for a beat up old wood frame turned into a rustic and functional household item? I’m pleased with it…  I’m smiling as I drink this hot chocolate loaded with chocolate whipped cream. Good thing I have plenty of nails to keep this tray together…this treat was a bit heavy.”


Next post is by Marion Linnenbank.

Hi there, I am Marion, I am a fan of Powertex and the TCW stencils, together it makes a lot of fun. Check out for Powertex in your own country.

Here an easy project with stencil 425 and Powertex.


Needed: Powertex black and red, Powertex Easy Coat, model pasta, tissue paper, stamps, permanent ink pad, fine sandpaper, Tea light (good quality), cotton fabric, TCW stencil pinwheel.



Method: Stamp on a tissue with waterproof ink. Use only the top layer of the stamped tissue.

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Get the Tea light out off the back burner Chamber. Apply with a brush a layer of Easy Coat on the Tea light. Place carefully the tissue on the Tea light and push it a little, let it dry. With a small piece of sandpaper you get the loose tissue edges away. Then again a layer of Easy Coat, let it dry.

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Push with a cocktail pick the hole for the burner open again and put it back in the candle flame.


Cut a strip of fabric made to measure, paint it on both sides with powertex, let it dry. Place the stencil on the fabric and apply with a palette knife the model paste.




Put a little bit Powertex at the backside of the fabric and bring it around the bowl of the Tea Light. Put the candle back in the tray.


Have fun!

Marion Linnenbank


Next up is Kirsten Varga.

Hello again! I am back with another quick and easy way to use stencils. Lately I have been all about the quick and easy as my time in my studio has been few and far between due to everyday family life being extra busy and stressful. During these times I find myself distracted away from creating but I am learning that I need to make the time. Here is a technique I used recently in my art journal.

I like to create faces, like, alot. My art journal is filled with them and it is always interesting to me what comes out onto the page. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I don’t. Those that I don’t like will either stay that way or I will decide to rework them. I don’t pressure myself one way or the other.

With this one I had ready rubbed out most of her face. I felt too controlled and tight when I had first worked on it. The colors were becoming muddy and I had lost alot of white space. It also seemed stagnant and tired.


What came to my rescue was the Pinwheel stencil. So full of energy and movement! Also, I am a sucker for patterns with a radiating direction. I slapped that lovely down on the page and decided this lady was going to be full of light and energy!


After the white paint dried I went in with a pencil and started the face. What I thought would be a face full of optimism and hope came out saddened, worried or stressed. Instead of changing it I let it be. It was exactly how I had been feeling. My pencil told the truth I didn’t even recognize in myself. And that’s a reason why art journals are awesome.


I took a black Stabilo-All pencil and loosely went over my pencil lines. The extra black color is divine.


Then it was time for a wet brush. The Stabilo-All is water-soluble and by dragging the color around with the brush it makes awesome shadows.


The final page with color added with acrylic paints and journaling in black pen. Even though my subject matter is somber I like the juxtaposition with the energetic radial pattern the stencil provides. Seems like my journal is telling me that even with all the stress and franticness my days are filled with I am still capable of shining bright and I need to push through to the end. Yep, art journals are awesome and so is this pinwheel stencil. Happy creating!


And lastly, we have Miriam Pranter’s project.

HI!  It’s Miriam sharing a clean and simple layout.  The Pinwheel stencil is so versatile, it’s got the potential to be extremely bold and graphic.  Here I toned it down a little, using it to anchor my layout.

For my layout I used just half the stencil.

I traced the openings on one side with a pencil and then used a craft knife to cut those portions out to create windows.

Then I placed the pinwheel stencil back over the cut piece and used a sponge dauber to add black ink to the portions of the stencil with the circles.

I then pulled out another sheet of cardstock to use as a foundation, again tracing the openings, and then covering them with cardstock and washi.

The cut out sheet was then adhered over the top of the base page.

After that it was just a matter of adding some photos, a title, and some journaling.

Which project would be your favorite and which of these would be one you might try yourself?   Can’t wait to read the comments.

6 thoughts on “One Stencil Four Ways Series

  1. Oh my goodness these are all spectacular! I love each and every one- think my favorite is the tray because I have a tray just waiting to be redone. Thanks so much for sharing

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