Junque | Party in a Box

Late last fall I had this idea of wanting a way for you all to create at your dinning room table , like I did all those years ago when I first started creating. You could buy on line or at retailer near you.  Weather it be with a group of friends or just a little something special for your home. I don't want to make this post too long, but in this post you will find how to create your sign from start to finish with our new kits.

Now that your kit arrived, yay!!!! You want to get painting right away. First you need to mix the milk paint. It's our own line of all natural mix paint you will be using for these. All though other paints can be used this tutorial is for milk paint; And yes I my opinion milk paint is the secret ingredient to sign making.

TIP: Think of milk paint like milk , only mix when you are ready to start your project. It's all natural and is only good for a few days when mixed. But in dry form stays fresh for 5 years.

First, you want to mix the "farmhouse Stain" for the frame (our stain is just our milk paint watered down); use about 1 Tablespoon of milk paint powder to about 1/4 cup warm water, mix until dissolved. Then paint the frame of the sign.

Next, it is time to paint your background, for this we want to mix the milk paint a little thicker. So for this I use equal parts milk paint to equal parts warm water. SO lets say for example that's 2 tablespoons milk paint powder to 2 tablespoons warm water , some colors I add a little more water too.  Milk paint is thin and is meant to be layered, you may want one coat or two for more coverage.

After you paint your sign board and let it dry, it's now time for your stencil. Make sure you peal the back off first (like in video above).


After the white backing is pealed off stick the stencil to the dry sign board. Then peal off the transfer tape.

TIP: Sometimes the centers come up , no biggie just stick them back down. This material is very forgiving.

Now you are ready to paint your lettering, mix the milk paint the same as you did for the back ground of your sign, equal parts milk paint to equal parts warm water. Make sure you do thin coats, we did one coat in this tutorial but feel free to do two coats. A little paint goes a long way so we only mixed 1 tablespoon to 1 tablespoon for lettering.

Here is where the magic of milk paint happens, when it dries it won't stick to the material, it will crackle and flake. This process results in cleaner lettering and less bleeding.

The reveal, it's finally time to peal off the stencil. In our workshops we use safety pins to get the centers out. I always say if you see a little mistake to not get upset, "embrace your imperfections". It's a handmade it, it is rustic & a little "mess up" adds to the charm.

Brush off the flakes and there you go, your rustic sign is ready to hang.

TIP: for a more distressed look use a low grade sandpaper and lightly sand