Polka-Dot Painted Cork Board with Initials – Tutorial

I was invited to a friend’s housewarming gathering and I wanted to bring her something nice to place in her new home, yet practical enough so that it doesn’t get in the way.

Had in mind a board of some sort, perhaps with a simple painting or a nice quote. Something personal that makes a home feel more like, well, home.

This was what the hostess received from me – a cute cork board painted with her initial, which she could use as a mini noticeboard! It is easy to make and I’m happy with the way it turned out. Totally rocking the shabby chic look 🙂

Scroll down for tutorial and tips

Painted polka dot cork board with initials

Polka dot painted cork board

Polka-Dot Painted Cork Board with Initials

Estimated time required: 1 hour

Materials:

  • Cork Board (bought mine from Daiso for $2)
  • Paper stencil of a letter or shape of your choice (I cut out the letter ‘a’ from scrap paper)
  • Blue Tack
  • Acrylic paint in white
  • Makeup sponge
  • Strip of scrap paper
  • Single hole punch
  • Versacraft Ink Pad in Mint Green
Step 1: Lay cork board on a flat surface where you can work comfortably

Step 1: Lay cork board on a flat surface where you can work comfortably

Step 2: Position stencil onto cork board using Blue Tack

Step 2: Position stencil onto cork board using Blue Tack

Step 3: Squeeze white acrylic paint onto scrap paper

Step 3: Squeeze white acrylic paint onto scrap paper

Step 4: Using makeup sponge, apply white paint by dabbing onto cork board. Work in layers instead of applying too much at one go. The white paint acts as a primer so that the color layer will show.

Step 4: Using makeup sponge, apply white paint by dabbing onto cork board. Work in layers instead of applying too much at one go. The white paint acts as a primer so that the color layer will show.

Step 5: Once the white layer is dry, apply colour using a makeup sponge and ink pad

Step 5: Once the white layer is dry, apply colour using a makeup sponge and ink pad

Step 6: Make a polka dot stencil using a single hole punch. It helps to mark out the positions with a pencil before punching.

Step 6: Make a polka dot stencil using a single hole punch. It helps if you mark out the positions with a pencil before punching.

Step 7: Using a corner of the makeup sponge, paint in the white polka dots by dabbing gently on the stencil

Step 7: Using a corner of the makeup sponge, paint in the white polka dots by dabbing gently on the stencil

Step 8: When you're done painting, gently peel off your stencil

Step 8: When you’re done painting, gently peel off your stencil and admire your brilliant work of art!

Tips

Adding the white primer allows the mint green to pop! Also, noticed that the paint was kinda sheer, and some parts of the cork board were peeping through? This helps to hide pin holes on your cork board!

Liked this tutorial? Let me know what you think by adding a comment below, I would love to hear from you!

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