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Using a Vinyl Sticker as a Stencil and Dry Brush Painting

Using a Vinyl Sticker as a Stencil and Dry Brush Painting

Posted by KM Ymker on Jul 03, 2015

Dry Brush Painting Technique with Vinyl Sticker Stencil

The news and info you have been waiting for, as we shared sneak peeks throughout the week on Social Media!

We also have a video we put together, which we will add at the end of this post, if you prefer to watch instead of read.

First you will want to find a good brush.  I trimmed my brush down (gave it a haircut!) so I had short, firm bristles.

Paint Brush Haircut for Dry Brush Painting and Vinyl Stickers

After finding the perfect brush, its pretty FUN!  Just dab on a bit of paint and start brushing. ONLY A DAB!   After dipping into the paint, either drag your brush across the top of your paint container or dab the brush on paper towels before you paint.

Add a few touches of paint spread out on the surface or board you are painting.  Then start brushing....

The more you brush, the more the paint blends in.  And if you brush even more, you can start taking OFF paint, so don't over do it.  Also watch out for the surrounding surface or your clothes - the paint can "spray"

Dry Brush Painting with Vinyl Stickers as Stencils Grandpa Board

On my Grandpa board, I wanted to add just a touch of Red color to the board.  I actually could have added more Red as you can barely see it once it was done.

After using the Red paint on the board, we moved on to the Vinyl Sticker stencil.  We reversed the cut of the Vinyl Sticker to make the stencil design.

Vinyl Sticker Stencil Grandpas Repair Shop Lettering Vinyl Sticker Stencil applied to Board Father's Day Gift Idea Vinyl Sticker Stencil used to Paint a sign

Here's the vinyl sticker stencil on the board before we painted the design on.  You can see the wood through the letter openings.

Vinyl Sticker Stencil Letter Openings

We used the same dry brush painting technique for the lettering design.  The dry brush painting technique is great for making vintage or distressed signs.  

Another HUGE bonus for me, with the dry brush painting, is the FAST drying time!!  

You can move on the next layer/step within minutes.  I literally finished this project from start to finish in less than an hour!  By the time I had my Red paint color washed out of my brush and dabbed dry, I could move on to the next step.

Dry Brush Painting Over Vinyl Sticker Stencil

Painting the lettering on, I tended to brush so much I ended up with very little paint left.  Since the design has wording (and some of it pretty small) I knew I had to have the lettering stand out enough to read it easily.  So then I didn't want the paint to be "barely there" and render the lettering barely read-able.  

Each design will be unique so use your judgment on how much paint to put on.

Dry Brush Painting over Vinyl Sticker Stencil

The REVEAL - remove the vinyl sticker stencil and discard.  Be sure to remove all the middles and centers.

Discarding the Vinyl Sticker Stencil to Reveal painted lettering      Discarding the Vinyl Sticker Stencil to reveal painted lettering on  the board

And the end product was PERFECT - Grandpa's Father's Day gift just a week late! =)

Using a Vinyl Sticker Stencil to Paint a Board Sign

Using a Vinyl Sticker Stencil to Paint Lettering on a Board

Fathers Day Board with Lettering Sign Grandpas Repair Shop