March 15, 2012

Table Leg Dragonflies DIY Tutorial for Textured Pattern Wings Using Stencils,

textured wing dragonfly
My latest dragonflies that I made with textured wings....

Update as of April 2016, I'm no longer making the dragonflies.
Please visit my new online shop dedicated to 
my mosaic art and Coastal Christmas ornaments.

I used Flexall to make the texture.
It's basically joint compound but it has extra
polymers in it to make it stronger.
I use this product in a lot of different projects like 

2016 Update. Flexall patch has been discontinued. An alternative is 
regular joint compound, ceramic tile adhesive or texture building 
products found at your craft store

how to use joint compound with stencils
I spread the Flexall with a plastic scraper over stencil of your choice.

creating raised textured design with stencils
When you remove the stencil, you are left with a raised pattern.
Let dry thoroughly.

how to tutorial diy creating texture with stencils
After they are dry, sand lightly, prime then paint in your desired color

using brown paint wash to enhance texture
After priming, add your base coat/paint color and let dry. 
If you used flat, matte,eggshell or satin paint for your base coat, you will need to 
brush on a coat of clear satin or gloss polycrylic and let dry before the "antiquing" step.
If you used gloss paint for your base coat, you will be good to go.

If you don't apply the clear sealer, the brown antiquing wash will soak 
into your finish and leave it very dark.

After the base coat and/or clear top coat is dry, brush on watered down brown
acrylic paint and quickly wipe off excess.

use brown paint tutorial to enhance stenciled design
The brown wash leaves paint in the crevices and brings out all
that beautiful detail you created with the stencil.

dimensional design using stencils and joint compound
This step really makes the stencil pattern pop.

creating textured design with stencils
I made another one the same way using a different stencil

recycled metal eyes dragonfly
I used copper plumbing strap for antenna 
and a funky metal piece for the eyes

copper plumbers strap dragonfly antenna
I used metal pieces from drawer pulls for the eyes on the other one

recycled spindle dragonfly body
The bodies have a distressed finish

recycled dragonfly decor using spindles

how to apply texture design with stencil
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  1. I love these and the ones that you made for fences. Just lovely!

  2. These are brilliant! LOVE the textured wings! :)

  3. I really like them I'm gonna try to make one for my garden thanks for great idea

  4. I really like them I'm gonna try to make one for my garden thanks for great idea


I've moved to to focus on my mosaic art. I'm no longer creating dragonflies or mermaids.

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