With all the beautiful things I am learning about France this month on Paint + Pattern, the one thing I also keep thinking about is the divine French wine to go with it. There might not be a way to paint with wine, unless you consider holding a brush in one hand and a glass in the other as “painting with wine.” And if we were to try that, it’s a sure bet that there’s never enough coasters around for the wine glasses. So why not make some? It’s easy to paint unique, stylish coasters, and they could make nice gifts too.
Supplies for DIY stenciled coasters:
- Tiles, 4 inches square in marble, travertine, ceramic, etc.
- Classic Fleur de Lis stencils
- Chevron stencil from Sari Border Series Indian Furniture Stencil
- Stencil Creme – I used Bronze Age, Frosted Lilac, Orange Ice, Patina Green, Peacock Fancy
- Stencil brushes
- Stencil adhesive sprays
- Cork – I used 4 inch square cork, but you can use little circles or squares too
- Glue like E6000 if your cork doesn’t have a sticky side
Start by choosing some tiles. Four-inch square tiles are a perfect size for coasters. You can find these tiles at home improvement stores and specialty tile shops. Many times you can buy just a few tiles, rather than a whole big box. The tiles I used are slightly rustic tumbled travertine stone tiles from The Tile Shop, left over from a bathroom renovation years ago. You can choose natural color tiles, or go with bold color.
Next, choose your paint colors. To show you how different paint colors could look, I made each coaster a different color. Your paint color can create the personality of your coasters. The combo of purple, orange, blue and green just hollers fun party time. These could be great coasters for a Mardi Gras party or, imagine them with silver and copper paints. That would give a more sophisticated look. So, consider the final effect you want and choose your paint color accordingly.
The Fleur de Lis stencil set has several different sizes and styles of Fleur de Lis shapes. You can place the stencils on tiles in different ways. You can center a small Fleur de Lis in the middle of a tile. You can try placing a larger one at an angle, as shown in this project. Or, use just part of a Fleur de Lis stencil pattern on a tile.
Once you’ve decided on the stencil placement, spraying it with a light layer of stencil adhesive spray will help keep it secure. Especially as this project uses a second stencil on top of the Fleur de Lis, it’s important to be sure your stencil doesn’t slip.
Now you’re ready to paint! While painting, I found with the smooth surface of the travertine tiles that “pouncing” the stencil brush worked better than swirling the brush. Pouncing gave a more even application of paint. Whether you pounce or swirl depends on the surface you’re painting and what works best for it.
After stenciling the Fleur de Lis design, leave your Fleur de Lis stencil on top of the tile. Then, if you want the chevron effect inside the Fleur de Lis design as shown here, place the chevron border from the Sari Border Series Indian Furniture Stencil on top of the Fleur de Lis stencil. This chevron is small and the perfect size to combine with the Fleur de Lis.
I‘m a little paranoid about stencils slidin‘ away while painting, so I sprayed a light layer of stencil adhesive on the chevron stencil too. As an alternative, you could also secure it with painter’s tape. Line up the chevron in the middle of the Fleur de Lis and paint it with a contrasting color. I used the Bronze Age stencil creme for the chevron. After you paint the first row of chevrons, pick up the chevron stencil and line it up next to the first row that you just painted. Secure the stencil and paint it again. Continue doing this until the Fleur de Lis shape is filled with the chevron pattern. I found while going through these steps that it helps to wash the chevron stencil occasionally so you can see through it for proper placement.
Finally, that moment where the design reveals itself… Peel up both stencils to see the chevron Fleur de Lis!
After you finish painting, glue some cork on the bottom of the tile. I like to use E6000 glue because it doesn’t get completely absorbed into the cork, it’s a strong and secure glue for all surfaces and is easy to clean up.
Now, pour a beverage you like into some glasses and enjoy your new coasters!