I made my first outdoor sign. I created the design in the silhouette design studio and then cut out the letters onto contact paper. I am only working with a 12×12 mat at the moment, so I cut out the letters and had to measure and place them manually on the board. I painted the top of the board with black chalkboard paint and let it dry all day. I cut everything out and taped it down to see how it would all look before starting to apply the stencil.
I used clear contact paper as my transfer paper.
Then, using the hinge method, I attached the stencil to the wood.
Once everything was placed, I painted over all the letters with black to prevent bleeding. I let that dry for about 20 minutes.
I proceeded with painting the whole board white. I did two coats with 20 minute dry time in between coats.
After I was done painting, I started to peel the contact paper letters off. I did this when the paint was still fairly wet. Just be careful not to smudge the wet paint.
At the end I used polyurethane as a sealer to protect the wood.
I am really happy with how my first sign turned out and am loving the PVPP method for painting.
Make it a great day,