Mushroom craft: DIY woodland art

Mushroom craft: DIY woodland artI love anything gnome and woodland themed. I even have a board dedicated to outdoor awesomeness on Pinterest! I decided recently that it was time to use my Mod Podge Rocks stencils with paint (because they work with that too; not just Mod Podge) and decorate a frame in which I could stick some woodland art. But let me step back . . . the original idea came from seeing this vintage red and white mushroom art on The Graphics Fairy. I started there and then this mushroom craft came from it. You never know how an idea is going to come together, and I’m happy to say that I love it. If you do too, here’s the tutorial.

Gather These Supplies

  • Ready to make frame – paper or wood
  • Acrylic paint – chose two contrasting colors; I picked a dark and light green to coordinate with my print
  • Mod Podge Rocks Peel n’ Stick Stencil – Woodgrain
  • Graphics Fairy image – Vintage red and white mushroom
  • Computer and printer – to print your image
  • Spouncer
  • Paintbrushes – one 3/4″, one detail brush
  • Scissors

IMG_3838Here’s the frame I used in 5 x 7 – it’s a thick paper, thicker than paper mache. You can also use a wood frame.

IMG_3839Paint your darker color as your first layer. Paint both the front and the back with several coats and let dry. Just leave the insert in, as it protects the back of your frame from the paint.

IMG_3847This is where your Mod Podge Rocks stencil comes in! Peel it from the backer sheet and smooth down on the frame, starting on the lower left side. My stencil didn’t fit from top to bottom, so I had to repeat. I’ll say more about that in a minute.

IMG_3848Spounce the lighter color of paint onto the stencil. A few tips: don’t use too much paint, and work in several layers; this is so the paint doesn’t seep under the stencil. Once you have completely covered the area, peel up the stencil immediately and wash it. Then dry it with a few paper towels and return to the backer.

Let the paint and the stencil dry for a few minutes. This project takes some time, but most of it is dry time, so have an episode of your favorite reality show ready on the DVR between stenciling!

IMG_3849Match up the stencil loosely as I did above. You might have to play with it a little to make sure that your woodgrain is relatively in the same place. What I did is go across the bottom, and then go across the top. Each time I stenciled, I removed the stencil, washed the paint off and let it dry (along with the paint).

After I had the entire thing stenciled, I used the detail brush to fill in areas where the stencils connected and make them look a little bit more natural. The whole process doesn’t take that long, I promise!

IMG_3901When your frame is ready, print out the mushroom to fit your frame. Trim it down with scissors.

IMG_3902Slide the mushroom graphic into your frame, and adjust as necessary.
Mushroom craft: DIY woodland art I love my woodland art! I’m giving it a prominent space on my bookshelf. And as you can see, you can use any graphics you like, and just coordinate the paint colors.

What do you think? I’d love to know which Graphics Fairy art you’d like to put in a frame!

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