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.
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:
- Blank coasters: you can find on-line or in craft stores.
- 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.
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.
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.
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
allow enough time to ensure your coaster is totally dry.
Step 6: Adding detail with paint pens (optional)
Stencil: Mums TCW173
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:
Smoothed out and ready to dry:
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.
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:
I had a lot of fun creating these coasters and I hope you enjoyed this!
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