Martin Luther King Jr. Quote DIY Wood Sign

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

This Martin Luther King Jr. quote is such a great analogy that I really wanted to turn it into a sign to remind me that hardships happen to everyone but the hardships don’t need to define our lives.

The stars are the insights that can reshape our life and outlook.

I’ll share a personal story about dark days in my life at the end of this post.

 

To create a silkscreen stencil  I used my new favorite toy. My Ikonart Stencil Maker!

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First I painted a 9 by 12 inch wood plaque black with paint.

Next I used a toothbrush dipped in white paint to splatter stars across the black  sign

I still use my Silhouette Cameo all the time for cutting vinyl and making regular stencils but for creating custom stencils that have incredible detail hands down the Ikonart Stencil Maker is the best!

How To Make A Martin Luther King Jr. quote Wood Sign

  1. PAINT YOUR SIGN BLACK
  2. SPLATTER PAINT STARS WITH TOOTHBRUSH DIPPED IN WHITE PAINT
  3. PRINT ARTWORK ON PRINTER FILM
  4. EXPOSE YOUR STENCIL
  5. SOAK STENCIL IN LUKEWARM WATER FOR 2 MINUTES
  6. WASH OUT YOUR STENCIL
  7. LAY FLAT TO DRY YOUR STENCIL
  8. POST-EXPOSE YOUR STENCIL
  9. USE YOUR STENCIL
  10. CLEAN YOUR STENCIL

More detailed instructions can be found HERE.

A few of the photo steps shown below.

Unfinished Wood Plaque

splatter paint with a toothbrush

Only in the darkness can you see the Stars quote

How to Make a Custom Ikonart Stencil

How To Make A Custom Reusable Stencil

How To Make A Custom Reusable Stencil

 

 

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My Story:

To be honest, having a stroke in 2017 was one of the darkest times of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so thankful that I even survived and gained back most of the problems that resulted from the stroke but I continue to have some problems with my speech that really bothers me.

That’s contributed to why I stopped blogging for such a long time. I just lost heart in what I used to love.

It’s taken me awhile to appreciate the stars in my darkness.

Having speech problems has caused me to slow down or just not speak when I don’t need to.

I’m not going to pretend that it doesn’t annoy me but it is a blessing in disguise that has caused me to choose my words more carefully.

But it’s time to saddle up once again and grab life by the reins!

What are the stars in your darkness? Please share!

Vaya con Dios,

Angie

 

 

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