Stenciled Wall Sign

emmysignpinFriends, this week is a special one in the Artsy House because I’ve got myself an intern! My friend’s daughter is required to intern for 35 hours at a local business as part of her high school curriculum, and she chose One Artsy Mama! {Not a bad decision, if I do say so myself…;)} Her name is Emmy, and today is her BIRTHDAY! Here is a little bit about her:

My name is Emmy Li, I am 17. I’m a international student from China, I came to the States about 2 1/2 years ago. My favorite colors are mint green and peach pink. I love to do crafts and I also love to sing and dance. My favorite quote is:” You will never do much for God until you realize how much he has done for you.”


I’ve been keeping Emmy very busy the past few days; she’s been learning the ropes around here and trying her hand at everything from using the heat press and Cameo to make t-shirts to checking on stats and navigating the back end of the blog. Of course, no internship here would be complete without plenty of opportunities to get her “artsy” on! I turned her loose in the craft room {she says she wants to live there} and she created a wooden sign to hang in her room. Then, I showed her how to take and edit photographs, so she put this tutorial together for you to show off her creation. Enjoy…here she is!



a wooden sign

metallic silver Martha Stewart paint

purple multi surface FolkArt paint

stencils {FolkArt Bohemian Die Cut Paper Stencil and Martha Stewart Carolyna Script Alphabet Adhesive Silkscreens}

stencil brush and paintbrush


Step 1: Paint your sign purple. (I gave mine 2 coats of paint)

Step 2: Tape your stencil to the sign.

Step 3: Fill in the stencil with silver paint.


Step 4: Stencil your name or whatever you want on the bottom with white paint.


{Amy again!} I don’t know about you guys, but I think this turned out beautifully. I love the pop of the metallic silver on the purple. Photos don’t really do justice to how pretty it is.


I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Emmy to our OAM family and be sure to stay tuned for more of her projects. We just got back from a little “field trip” to Goodwill, where I think she wanted to buy all the things {except for the ones that were so awful they made us giggle}… We’ve got a few cool upcycles in the works that I think you’re going to be excited to see! Until then, be sure you’re part of the One Artsy Mama & Friends Facebook group so you can share your own projects, questions, and more with us. See you there!

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  1. What a great way to give students a taste of different businesses. Will she burn through her 35 hours in a couple of weeks, or will it take months?

      1. Her school gave her a week off from classes to spend on the internship, so she was with me all that week from 8-3 every day. I miss her!!

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