I made this banner for church as my sister insisted we have it for the Graduation Gala we have after high school graduations.
For the back ground I chose fabric. This was just the white polyester Walmart sells in 54" width.
I chose acrylic craft paint and used a brand name ( I have had peeling issue with the off brands).
I cut all of my stencils with a Silhouette craft cutter. If you plan to try this make sure your logo and words are large at least 10X12", 12X17" is optimal.
Also try to make a bridge to keep the centers of all open letters or voids in your patterns attached to the main stencil. I misses one "a" here and filled in with masking tape.
You will need: Acrylic Paints stencils- the bigger the better re-position-able spray adhesive masking tape background material drop cloth to protect you work surface I used a plastic tablecloth sponge and brush type stencil paint brushes
- First plan the layout of the image you plan to use. This can be as simple as drawing circle and line on a sheet of paper to represent images and text.
- Decide how you are going to hang you back drop- will you need a stand? or hang it on the wall? Will it hang vertically or horizontally?
- Then purchase the desired length of fabric-- join widths together as necessary with fabric tape and iron in place-- or use fabric duct tape in the same color as the background--use the tape on just one face of the project. Note- you can always paint two or three matching backdrops and just hang them together.
- Lay the drop cloth material out on a large flat surface- this can be the ground in a parking lot-- here I used a dining table for comfort while painting, A queen mattress on a high bed frame is also a good choice.
- Lay the background material atop the drop cloth.
- Start painting at the bottom and center of the backdrop- (This sounds wrong but if you mess up you can stand in front of the first patterns. They will get better as you practice)
- Spray adhesive on the back of the stencil you plan to use.
- Place your first stencil and use masking tape where necessary to hold it down.
- Use your sponge or stencil brush to fill in the design with paint. A Styrofoam plate is the best for pouring your paint and blotting the brush or sponge. Check the stencil and adjust it with masking tape as necessary
- Measure the distance to the next pattern and mark it. Mark off the placements and put some type of marker- like a sticky note- on the spots.
- Take a look to see if you are happy with the layout- adjust it as necessary and remeasure. Remove the place holders- mark the spots and and finish painting all the icons/ images.
- Let the creation dry at least 14 hours.
- Now try to heat set the fabric. I was able to using aluminum foil and an iron to accomplish this.
- Setup an hang your creation.
Mine hung on the wall held in place with clear pushpins.
This was first attempt of a step ans repeat banner. It looked kind of bare then I added the doves and I am very pleased with the results.