This was on a piece unsanded scrap pallet wood. I used the exact same type of wood for the 2nd sign when I use the sign making hack. It’s just hideous. Keep in mind this is a tiny piece of wood and very small letters. Something’s gotta change though… this just ain’t working. I had to figure out how to prevent stencil bleeding. A few months ago during one of my Hometalk Live Videos, I was making a reclaimed wood sign. I was sharing my typical sign making tips to prevent bleeding…like using a foam brush and doing light coats of paint..always brushing away from the edge of the stencil, rather than towards it….and if all else fails, give it a light sanding after you’re done and call it “rustic”.
That’s when one of the Hometalk viewers mentioned how she uses Mod Podge to seal her stencils before painting. I saw the comment later that night when I was scrolling through the thousands of comments and answering questions. I was intrigued. How have I never heard of this? So I followed up with her to make sure I understood it right…and then I gave it a try.
It was when I was making these reclaimed wood bottle openers that I first tried this method. I was shocked. Like literally…jaw to the floor flabbergasted. Since I know you ain’t got time to scroll through all of the many comments in my Hometalk videos…I decided to dedicate an entire post just to this sign making hack. This is just too good not to share. Everyone needs to know how to prevent stencil bleeding. Because if you know how to prevent bleeding on your wood sign stencils, you’ll probably DIY more wood signs. And we all know the world needs more wood signs.