Want to see some new and exciting stencil ideas? Keep reading to learn about the Alexandra Collection!
Using Posh Chalk Stencils
Do you know about Posh Chalk ? Several unique products from Posh Chalk include high-quality coatings, crafting brushes, and decoupage. However, Posh Chalk has an exclusive range of stencils too. Here, we look at some of the newest designs and how to use them for your crafting or upcycling project. If you’re looking for a fun, easy, and creative way to add some personality to your DIY projects, then you need to check out Posh Chalk products!
Posh Chalk has a vast range of stencils that feature a variety of styles. However, we have recently launched two brand new ranges.
The first of these is the Alexandra Collection. The second is the House of Mendes collection, designed by the renowned furniture up-cycler Jonathan Marc Mendes.
We recently used these new designs to create a series of fantastic crafting products. This week we will look at some fabric creations using the Alexandra collection. Next week we’ll look at upcycling projects using the House of Mendes collection.
These projects are designed to prove that you don’t need to be a skilled and trained artist to become a great artist!
Posh Chalk Stencils: The Alexandra Collection
At Posh Chalk, we work exclusively with a brilliant young designer – Alexandra, SollyJo’s daughter – who has developed an innovative range of multilayer designs. Each of these products features a different design. What makes them so unique is that they are multilayer. There are three designs in total – Hippy Sunflower, which has six layers, Posh Rose, which has five layers and Sleek Leopard, with two layers. You create a radiant, finished look by layering each with different colors – they build up to create an eye-catching effect.
Applying Posh Chalk Stencils to Fabric
One of the reasons why we love stencils is because they are so versatile! On October 4th, we launched our new range. Solly Jo and Jonathan created three projects using the new stencils as part of this release. Two projects involved us adding some color to a couple of denim jackets (using ‘Hippy Sunflower’ and ‘Posh Rose’); the other was taking a canvas bag and giving it a boost using ‘Sleek Leopard.’ All of these projects followed the same process; let’s look in detail at the process we followed when we used ‘Hippy Sunflower’:
- Ensure your surface is clean for the best results.
Since this project involved applying multilayers to a denim jacket, we first washed, dried, and ironed the jacket to ensure it was free of any dirt or anything that would cause the stencil not to adhere correctly.
- Position your stencil with low tack tape or stencil adhesive.
Because we are using a soft surface, we prepared a square backing that we adhered to inside the jacket. This backing gave us a smooth and stiff area before applying the design.
One of the features of this collection is that each layer has a guide that allows you to use ‘positioning marks’ on the surface, ensuring an accurate finish every time.
3. Off-load excess paint. Less is more.
Excess paint will lead to a build-up around the edges, which will be unsightly and not smooth to the touch.
4. Hold the stencil with one hand while you work.
When working with multilayers like the Alexandra collection, it is essential to be precise as you add each layer. Any movement between layers will cause the image to be distorted. Try and get used to having one hand keeping the surface in position and the other doing the painting. For this project, we used a variety of Posh Chalk coatings for a stunning effect.
5. Be adventurous and use more than one color.
The multi-layered Alexandra collection has a guide to the different colors you should use; however, if you are daring, try experimenting! All Posh Chalk stencils are durable and washable, so if it goes slightly wrong, there is no need to worry!
6. Use a good quality stencil brush.
Using a brush that gets in all the nooks and crannies is essential. Stencil work needs solid lines for the best effect. We used a Posh Chalk Brush to ensure that the coating was ideally spread.
- Pounce or swirl the brush over the design lightly.
A swirling motion is a great way to ensure an even spread of the coating over the surface.
- Lift off the stencil and admire your work!
We were blown away by the results of this project. The combination of the dark background of the jacket and the bright design is eye-catching. The multi-layered design adds depth and dimension to the design, making it ‘pop’ from the surface.
The results of the two other projects were similarly stunning. Here is how ‘Posh Rose’ turned out:
Here is how we added some jazz to a rather boring tote bag:
Want to see this project being created? Check out our TikTok on it!
Washing the Posh Chalk Stencils
All Posh Chalk Stencils are re-useable and so easy to clean. Just clean with warm, mildly soapy water to remove the residue paint or Posh Chalk pastes. This extra work ensures your design will last for years. We recommend hanging them up to dry; it is a great way to store them, so they don’t bend.
Here are some benefits of using stencils in your craft project:
- Add personality to your DIY projects
- Choose from a variety of designs
- Easy to use
- Gets you creating
- Transform your furniture/project with a new design easily
- Give your projects a unique bespoke look
Products used in the Posh Chalk Hippy Sunflower project
- Alexandra Collection: These are multi-layered stencils made from 0.3mm PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate, aka Polyester). This is a thicker than most on the market. They have been designed to be translucent so that you can see the progress of your artwork as it builds
- Posh Chalk Yellow Cadmium
- Posh Chalk Green Fhthalo
- Posh Chalk Red Medium Cadmium
- Posh Chalk Red Alizarin
- Posh Chalk Dark Green
- Posh Chalk Black Carbon
- Posh Chalk White Titanium
- Posh Chalk Stencil Brush
Frequently Asked Questions
What are stencils used for?
The Posh Chalk Alexandra Collection can be used as part of art, crafts, or furniture up-cycling projects. By painting through the holes in the stencil, a pattern will appear on your chosen surface. And, because these are multi-layered stencils, each layer being slightly different, you can use different colors to build a stunning, multi-colored work of art.
Can Posh Chalk Stencils be reused?
Yes. The Alexandra Collection of stencils is made from resilient PET and can be washed and reused repeatedly.
How do stencils work?
They work by allowing the paint to seep through the designated holes. These are guaranteed to leave sharp, neat edges to your decorative piece.
The multi-layered means that you can build your design up, layer by layer, using different colors each time for a beautiful effect.
What are these stencils made from?
The Alexandra Collection is made from resilient PET, which can be washed and reused repeatedly. Since they are made of PET, when they do finally wear out, they can be recycled!
Where can I buy these stencils?
- The Alexandra Collection can be purchased from Posh Chalk and WoodUbend stock lists. To find your nearest stock list, follow this link:
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