This is a sponsored post for Blueprint Social and Plaid Crafts. I was given product and compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. Sugar skulls are traditionally used during the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) and All Saints Day festivities. They are usually made from sugar or clay in the shape of a human skull and then colorfully decorated to honor the dead. The FolkArt Stencils & Paints inspired me to create a colorful sugar skull stenciled canvas.
- FolkArt Stencil1 Stencil (available at Michaels)
- FolkArt Stencil Creme Set (available at Michaels)
- FolkArt Stencil Adhesive (avaialble at Michaels)
- 5×7 stretched canvas
- detail paint brushes
- cotton swabs
FolkArt Stencil1 stencils are designs by Ed Roth who is an artist, painter, graphic designer and DIY enthusiast. These mylar stencils are laser cut so they have intricate details. There are 4 stencils in my stencil pack. Cut out the stencil to be used along the perforation lines.
Apply the FolkArt Stencil Adhesive to the back of the stencil. Press the bottle down hard so the adhesive will flow into the soft applicator at the tip. After applying the adhesive, hold the stencil in the light to see if any areas were missed. Allow the adhesive to dry at least 10 minutes per the instructions.
Position the stencil on the canvas. The adhesive is repositionable so you have multiple tries to get the stencil perfectly positioned. Turn the canvas over and press down on the canvas from the bottom so the canvas sticks well.
The FolkArt Stencil Creme is an oil based “dry brush” paint. This type of paint is perfect for stencils because it will not bleed underneath the stencil. There is a thin layer of wax over each color of the stencil creme. Use a cotton swab to remove that wax from each color. Apply one color of paint at a time with the detail brush. Start with the lightest color first. Be careful not to press down too hard with the brush because there is give to the canvas and the stencil can lift up off the canvas.
After the stenciling is complete, carefully lift the stencil off the canvas. Allow the stencil creme to dry 24 to 48 hours.
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I love how the sugar skull stenciled canvas turned out. It will be a great addition to my Halloween decor.