Video Tutorial for Life is Better by the Lake Reclaimed Wood Wall Art

Time to get all your spring cleaning out of the way for some hot summer fun! If you have any scrap wood laying around the yard or garage then this craft is for you. Create a stylish piece of reclaimed wood wall art to remind your family that life is better at the lake. This craft is perfect to spruce up or home decor or as a nice surprise for Mother's or Father's Day! You will need the following supplies for this craft:

Life is Better at the Lake stencil
Repositionable Spray Adhesive
Frog Tape Painter's Tape
Stencil Brush
Americana Acrylic Paints
Americana Matte Finish Acrylic Sealer

As always, start by spraying the back of the stencil with Repositionable Spray Adhesive. Wait 30-60 seconds before pressing it to the wood surface. Once all the stencil details are pressed to the surface use a piece of Frog Tape Painter's Tape on the side of the stencil to prevent paint from going outside of the design.

The first color we are working with is Sage Americana Acrylic Paint. Put a little paint onto a paper plate and swirl it into the bristles of the Stencil Brush. Swirl the excess paint off onto a piece of paper towel until the bristles feel just about dry to the touch. Anytime you stencil be sure to use the dry brush technique to prevent paint bleed beneath the edges of the stencil design. A little bit of paint should still come off the Stencil Brush, but it should take 3-4 coats to get full coverage.

Swirl the Stencil Brush through the stencil and up onto the edges of the design. At first the amount of paint swirled onto your project will be faint but after 2-3 coats you should start seeing your color build up. After a few coats of swirling paint through the design you'll reach full coverage. Partially lift the stencil off the project surface to see just how well the color comes out, then line the stencil back up and push into place.

After completing the color of one part of the design move onto another element of the stencil with a different color. Use Frog Tape Painter's Tape around the next object then prepare a fresh stencil brush with the next color of paint. We used Kelly Green on the canoe, Desert Turquoise for the water and fish, then Slate Grey on the fish hook. Use a clean Stencil Brush for each color of paint used on your project.

Once you finish stenciling the design you should hit it with a coat of Americana Matte Finish Acrylic Sealer. We used the matte finish, but for more of a shine try out the Americana Gloss finish Acrylic Spray we also offer. Simple hang on the wall and you have a beautiful addition to your home or lake house!