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We suggest reading this full post before beginning (including the section about mistakes & tips/tricks at the bottom):
Our white plaid pattern is the perfect design to leave out all year. The first step to create it is to cover the base of our piece in white. With the tray you want to start with the edge. I like to use the flat brush turned on it's side, the smaller round brush works for the edge lines as well, and then use the large flat to fill in the rest. When filling in it helps to add a couple drops of water to the paint & mix it in to get smoother easier brush strokes in the large middle area.
For our ornament & wood slices you'll use the round brush to create the outline 1/4"-1" in from the edge of your piece to get that rustic wood border. With the natural wood edge it helps to follow the tree rings as you're not creating a perfectly symmetrical shape. You should not need the drops of water for the ornament, solely because you're covering less surface area. Then fill in.
Our wood pieces dry quickly, so give that first coat a few minutes before continuing (if you have our ornament 4 pack this is a good time to go to the next step for one of the other ornaments & come back!).
With the tray or starter you have the option of using the edge of the stencil as a ruler & sketch on horizontal/vertical straight lines before painting, if you choose to do this we suggest drawing the lines super lightly in pencil. The vertical stripes are a mix of white & a bit of black. When it comes to creating that grey color it helps to start with a dash of black & add a dot more until you get the shade seen here which is more of a charcoal. We purposely included a second paint pot of white in each of our white plaid kits to allow for mixing right there in the pot.
With the tray use your large flat brush & start in the middle with your first vertical line. From there work your way out, one line at a time, first on the left side of that first one & then on the right. This will let you gauge placement. With the wood starter it's the same idea of starting with a line in the middle, but it helps to do a straight line with your flat brush & stop just shy of the edge, then go back with the round brush to get the top/bottom of each line to match the rounded shape of your slice/border. With the ornament the round brush will do the trick- start in the middle with a single line from top to bottom & then do another right next to it to widen as needed.
Let the vertical lines dry & then move on to the horizontal stripes, which are solid black. Same concept of starting in the middle with one line & working your way out. Same process with the edge for the natural wood pieces.
Both our starter & serving tray kits come with a stencil. The word that accompanies each kit is completely optional, please feel free to not use that & personalize your piece! The ornament kit does not come with a stencil, with this project we encourage practicing your letter(s) on a piece of paper &/or lightly sketch it on in pencil or chalk before painting.
With the starter/tray stencil, punch out the word & trace lightly onto your starter/tray with the chalk included in your kit. If you'd prefer, pencil (not included) is another option for tracing- we just suggest marking lightly. See tips & tricks below for painting font.
Mistakes: If you make a mistake on the wood, let it dry & go over. It's easier to give it a few minutes then go over the paint while wet which leads to mixing. If there is a raised bit of paint on your piece dot it with a towel while it's wet so when you do a coat over it it'll lay flat.
Tips & Tricks: Though it's not provided you can use painters tape on the edge of the serving tray to ensure you don't get paint on the sides. If you notice the ends of your letters feather out, use your small round brush & go the opposite way to get a nice clean edge. You can also push down slightly while spinning your brush to get a finer point (see photo).
Final note: We're here for any & all questions! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or post in our DIY in a BOX Facebook Group. - Kristina