Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Paint a Beautiful Welcome Slate for your Home

Hi and thank you for being here and for your interest in this tutorial.
In this post, I will be outlining the exact steps I used to make a welcome slate with a painting of cardinals as you can see pictured below...
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I hope you will find this craft fun and informative and that you will use the steps outlined on this page to make a beautiful welcome plaque for your home.

Welcome plaques make beautiful gifts for your friends and family too.  They are also very popular items sold online on sites like Etsy or eBay so you may even be able to start a business of your own...

Using the methods I will outline on this page, the sky is the limit for what kind of images you can decorate a welcome plaque with.

You can find most of the supplies you will need in a local craft store, however, I have linked the supplies for this project below for your convenience if you would like to purchase them online.

You may or may not need all the supplies shown and listed below, however if you want to learn more about each item, click the underlined word(s) below the picture.

(to learn more about each item below, click the underlined description)

Stencil Brushes


This is a picture of my poppies rock made with a stencil:


Watch the videos below to learn how to stencil:


 "How to Stencil Poppy Flowers" - PART 1

"How to Stencil Poppy Flowers" - PART 2




After you read through once and feel you have a general idea, then go back to the beginning and follow them in order to make your own welcome plaque.

Before you begin, you will have to have an image to transfer.  Here is the image that I used.  I found it on PINTEREST...

If you need help in finding an image, please read this article to help you find, download, and print any image from the Internet.

You can also see some images on my Pinterest board linked here.   Just copy and paste an image into a word processing document to resize and print out to use.

Read How to Find, Download and Print Images from the Internet for more information too.

I will link other articles and videos that may be of help to you down below the directions.




1.  Paint your canvas (wood or slate plaque) with two coats of white chalk paint, letting each coat dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step (2).

2.  Paint another coat of white chalk paint, however, this time do not let it dry before the next step (3) below.


3 Place a generous coat of Mod Podge onto the inked side of the image you want to transfer onto the plaque you are creating.  Before the Mod Podge dries, place the inked side of the image (the side coated with the wet Mod Podge) face down into the wet white chalk paint that's on your plaque (refer to step 2 above).


4.  Using your paint brush, coat the dried face-down image with water.  You will see the ink coming through the paper.  Let it dry completely.  Do this "water step" at least five more times, letting it dry in between coats of water.


This is what it will look like when the water is applied.
As you can see, the ink becomes visible when it's wet.


5.   After about the fifth (maybe more) coat of water being applied to the back of the image, you will start to see pills (small rolls) of the wet paper being formed.  You can gently pull those off (see pic below).  This is actually a good sign of a great ink transfer! 😊

Standard computer paper has about seven layers (yes, 7!) and so it is a little bit of a time consuming process to get each layer off until only the ink remains on your canvas...


This is what it will look like when the paper starts coming off.


6.  When you have finished with the wetting and drying process outlined in Step 5 above, place yet another coat of water over the back of your image, however, do not let this coat dry completely.

Wait until it is almost dry (still moist, this might take approximately 5 or 10 minutes after wetting) and use your index finger to gently roll the rest of the paper off of your canvas so that the only thing left on the canvas is the ink.  You may also have to do this step a few times until you are happy with the image that remains for you to embellish with paint.


7.  There may still be some paper film left when you are ready to color in your transferred image.  That's okay because when you go over the design with your acrylic paint pens, it will rub most of the thin film left from the paper off of the canvas.

8.  Once your image is completely dry, coat the surface with Mod Podge to seal the paint.  Enjoy your welcome plaque!


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Paint a Beautiful Welcome Slate for your Home

Hi and thank you for being here and for your interest in this tutorial.   In this post, I will be outlining the exact steps I used to make a...