What a weekend I had! If you’re on Facebook (go there!), you’ve seen these pictures. I thought I would share a little about the process for the curious (and courageous).
First, I took a section of the aisle runner fabric and tested paint and paint techniques on it. Always test first, especially if you’re working with new materials. I found that pouncers (sponges) were a little too generous with the paint, and didn’t give me crisp lines. Good to know before I headed into a 35′ runner. Airbrushing was the winner. It was fast and I could paint lightly, but cleanly. It’s a little messy, but that’s the fun part!
Next, I had to set this big boy up. How do you contend with a 29″ stencil, a 100′ roll of aisle runner fabric, an airbrush with a relatively short cord, and a can of paint?
You use a lot of tape and masking paper. And a T-square. You might not be able to see it (which is good because it’s masked), but the aisle runner is on the table, taped down. The stencil is masked on either side, and then taped down.
Then I sprayed over the stencil.
I timed it, and each iteration of the stencil took me 8 minutes to airbrush. Not bad! What took the longest was measuring, re-positioning, marking, and setting up the next spraying.
This is what I was left with each time.
These sharp lines are why I chose to use the airbrush.
Thankfully, this wasn’t Princess Diana’s wedding, because this bride only needed 30′ of runner, not 100′. This is how I measured it: lay it out and measure it.
And here is the final result. Oh my dear goodness, I love it.
I enjoyed the process and would totally do it again. To tie in the invitations (which used this pattern), the aisle runner, the programs, and the cupcake tables, we used this pattern (or pieces of it) throughout. The mother of the bride used the same design on a wedding quilt she is hand-sewing for the bride & groom.
What pattern would you like to see used on an aisle runner?