Why stenciling sucks

That’s right, this first blog post is going to be about why stenciling sucks. Isn’t that ironic? (cue Alanis Morissette). But bear with me here. You see, in my mind honesty is important. We’ve all seen those neatly edited video’s of seemingly perfect crafters who show you just how easy it is to create these amazing DIY projects that look like, well, perfect. You know, the ones you imagine making yourself and showing off to your friends, and they’ll go like “Wow, you MADE that?! That’s just amazing!”

I hate to burst your bubble here, but stenciling isn’t always that easy. Actually, chances are that if you’re just starting, you’ll find that stenciling sucks - at times, that is. 

The thing is that like with most new projects you’ll take on in life, you’ll find that there’s a learning curve. There’s going to be projects that don’t turn out the way you wanted. There’s going to be smudged edges now and again, and I’m here to tell you that that’s okay.

When I first started stenciling, I was scared to be honest. I’m not a perfectionist, but I’m one of those people who want to do things right the first time around - it has to be perfect regardless of the fact that I’m a novice at this. So I’m a procrastinator - big time. It took me forever to make my first stencil (my husband was making the stencils long before I was) and when I did, I didn’t use it. I was afraid that it wouldn’t turn out the way I’d hoped, so I found excuse after excuse for why I couldn’t do my project right now. 

I’d read online about issues other people were having using stencils and instead of reading on to the advice they were given I was just turned off. Here's where I made a huge mistake and forgot that when you’re trying out something new there’s always going to be a learning curve. And that’s why, when I finally did stencil for the first time and it smudged ever so slightly, I thought, “well, stenciling sucks”.

Why am I telling you all this? Because I wanted to let you know that you’re not alone and trying something new can be scary or super exciting, or both, depending on your personality. The anticipation when you peel the stencil off for the first time and you get to see the result for your efforts is when most people either get hooked or never try it again. 

So I’m here to remind you that, either way, things don’t always go the way you planned. And this is exactly the reason I’ve decided to start a blog (and yes, this is the first time I’ve ever written one, so there’s a learning curve for me here as well). Over the next few months I’ll be writing a new blog post every week tackling the issues that may arise when you first start stenciling. Some will be in written form, some I’ll likely turn into a vlog (video-blog). I’ll go through proper care and cleaning, things to keep in mind regarding different surfaces, and more - all so you will have the skills and know-how to get amazing results when stenciling - even if it’s your first time.

And now, I’d love to hear from you! Share your experience with stenciling in the comment section below. Did you procrastinate as well, or did you just dive right in? And how did it go?

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