Set your table with country sentiment and vibrant style. These delightful rooster table linnens will give you something to crow about at every meal. The step-by-step instructions below will help you get started on this great stencil project.
Skill level: Intermediate
Time needed: 1-1/2 hours per place-mat
Stencil Design: Download the Rooster Table Linens Stencil Design as a PDF.
Step One: Before stenciling, follow the manufacturer's instructions to add fabric medium to the acrylic paint.
Step Two: Position the large rooster stencil in the center of the place mat. Tape it in place. Mark the corner registration points on pieces of tape on the mat.
Step Three: Base-coat the rooster's body and the base of the tail feathers (where the feathers attach to the body) Maple Sugar Tan with the 3/4-inch brush. Let dry, then shade with Brown Iron Oxide on a 5/8-inch brush.
Step Four: Beginning at the base of the tail feathers and working along the length of the feathers, stencil the colors in the following order on 5/8-inch brushes: Brown Iron Oxide, Hauser Dark Green, Blue Ink, and Burgundy Rose. Slightly overlap the colors where they meet each other. Stencil the neck feathers from the head down in the same order, leaving out the Burgundy Rose at the end.
Step Five: Base-coat the rooster's legs, feet, comb, beak, and wattle Burgundy Rose. Remove the first overlay, and let dry.
Step Six: Tape the second overlay in place. Repeat step four to stencil the additional neck feathers. Stipple Brown Iron Oxide on the eye and feather detail. Remove the overlay.
Step Seven: To stencil the border, line up the stencil along a short edge of the place mat. Tape in place. Stencil the center row of the border Burgundy Rose, letting the paint overlap onto the outer rows of triangles as well. Stencil the outer triangles Blue Ink, slightly blending the two colors. Move the stencil along the edge of the place mat, and repeat until the border covers the entire edge. Repeat for the other short edge.
Step Eight: Once the short edges are complete, use tape to mask off the corners of the short edges, and repeat step seven to stencil the border on the long edges of the place mat.
Step Nine: When the paint is completely dry, place a soft, clean cloth over the design and run an iron over the cloth to heat-set the paint.
Center the rooster as a stand-alone design on a chair seat or serving tray. Alter the colors to fit in with any decorating scheme. Add the geometric border (in any color combination, of course) to back-splash tiles to extend the motif into the rest of the room, or accent candlesticks and napkin rings with a bit of border detail to complete the table scene. These stencil design variations will help inspire your own ideas:
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