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"Tonight Is Halloween" Canvas

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"Tonight Is Halloween" Canvas

designed by Chris Haughey

Here's a fun and easy way to add an errie touch of Halloween to your home décor.

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Americana® Acrylics

  • Lamp (Ebony) Black (DAO67)
  • Moon Yellow (DAO7)
  • Payne's Grey (DA167)
  • Persimmon (DA293)
  • Warm White (DA239)

Americana® Stencils

  • Branching Out (12" x 12") (ASMM07)

Primers, Sealers, and Finishes

  • Americana® Matte Spray Finish (DAS13)
  • Americana® Primer & Sealer (DS17)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • sandpaper
  • painter's tape
  • stylus
  • 12" square wooden panel
  • #6 floral round brush
  • 3/4" stencil brush
  • fine line pen, #03-80989 (Cupboard Distributing)
  • specialty sponge set, #29-32227 (Cupboard Distributing)
  • canary tracing paper, #28-03838 (Cupboard Distributing)
  • graphite transfer paper, #28-80809 (Cupboard Distributing)
  • white transfer paper, #28-80915 (Cupboard Distributing)


NOTES: All supplies available at Cupboard Distributing: Follow all manufacturer's instructions listed on the labels. Allow appropriate drying time between steps.

  1. Sand the sides and surface of the wooden panel smooth. Seal with Americana Primer & Sealer; let dry, lightly sand again, and wipe clean. Basecoat the surface and sides of the panel Lamp Black. Trace the pattern details onto tracing paper. Lightly transfer the main pattern lines using the transfer paper and a stylus after the background is completed.
  2. Place the Branching Out stencil onto the wooden panel and secure with painter's tape. Load a 3/4" stencil brush with Moon Yellow. Brush across a clean paper towel to remove excess paint and stencil the entire surface.
  3. Load the dirty stencil brush with Persimmon. Starting out from the middle, stencil around the Moon Yellow area, blending softly. Continue loading and stenciling with Persimmon to the edges. Apply a second coat around the edges again with Persimmon to darken. Allow to dry.
  4. Load the edge of a damp large specialty sponge with Payne’s Grey. Using a small circular motion, float paint around the outer edge and side edges.
  5. Following the pattern, use a #6 flora round brush and Lamp Black to paint the bats.
  6. Transfer the lettering pattern onto the panel using white transfer paper. Load a fine line pen with thinned Warm White to outline the lettering.
  7. Remove all tracing lines. Spray seal the panel with several light coats of Americana Matte Spray Finish, allowing appropriate time between coats.


The secret to even, clean stenciling is using no water and the correct amount of paint. If the paint is to heavy on the stencil brush, it will seep under the stencil, resulting in rough edges.

If there is any water in the brush it will thin the paint and also allow it to run under the edges. Always wipe the stencil brush across a clean paper towel each time to ensure perfect stenciling. Start stenciling in an open area and work toward the edges of the stencil.

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