Typography, the art of using words and font in design. Some times it gets over looked as an art form but luckily for me at the moment, designers are going gaga over it and it’s so on trend in home furnishings (and looks like its staying around for some time yet), I can fill my home with it without any feeling of guilt.
However, although there is so much out there, sometimes I just can’t find what I’m looking for. Sometimes the words are in the wrong font or size, or the medium they are applied to are not in the right finish.
So crafty as I am, I decided to make my own. I hope you enjoy the results.
Here are the instructions for you to follow, let me know how you get on.
You will need
- A print out in desired font and size onto good quality paper/card stock or film – this will be your template
- Craft knife and cutting mat
- Sticky tape
- Cushion cover
- Card board cut to the same size as your cushion cover
- Spray mount
- Fabric paint
- Stencil brush
- Paint pallet
1. Using a craft knife, or sharp pointed scissors, carefully cut out the letters from your print out, keep all of the pieces including the negative spaces.
2. If your stencil is printed across 2 or more pieces of paper, carefully match the positions up and stick in place with tape.
3. Place the piece of card inside your cushion cover (this will catch any paint from stenciling seeping through from the front to the back), iron if necessary.
4. In a well ventilated area, mask off a large working space with newspaper and sticky tape.
5. Lay the main part of your stencil and all the negative spaces face down into the middle of your masked area. Spray evenly with one or two thin coats of spray mount.
6. Carefully lift up the main part of the stencil and position onto the front of your cushion cover. Once you are happy with the position, press in place, making sure all the edges of the letters are stuck down.
Tip: Don’t worry if you don’t get the position exact on the first attempt, the beauty of spray mount means you can reposition if necessary
7. Repeat step 6 for all the negative spaces.
Top tip: Using the letters that you saved when cutting out the stencils, position them back into the stencil prior to sticking down the negative spaces to ensure they are in the exact position they need to be. Once negative spaces are stuck in position, you can discard the letters.
8. Squirt some fabric paint onto your paint pallet and using a stenciling brush, take a small amount of paint, dabbing off any excess onto the pallet.
Tip: if you are mixing colours, be sure to mix enough for the entire job.
9. Holding your brush in an upright position, start filling in the stencil, one section at a time. Making sure to use an upright dabbing motion rather than a brushing motion. Repeat step 8 and 9 until you have completed the stencil- making sure the brush is not loaded with paint but rather on the dryer side.
10. Once complete, wait for the paint to dry completely before repeating steps 8-9 a second or third time. More than one coat will be needed depending on the paint and fabric colour and composition.
11. When the paint finish is as you desire and completely dry, carefully lift your stencil away from the fabric to reveal your perfectly crisply stenciled cushion. Remove the card from inside.
12. Iron the stencil to set the paint. Make sure to use the correct iron temperature for your fabric type and stencil paint instructions.
13. Stuff your cushion with a slightly oversized pad, zip and plump it up and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
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