FAQs & Resource

Here you will find all of the frequently asked questions along with links and resources so you can find everything you need! These post do contain affiliate links which do not cost you any more but pay me a very small commission when you purchase which lets me bring you more tutorials. 


What machine do you use to make your lettering and stencils?  

I use a Silhouette Cameo 3 to make all my vinyl lettering and stencils. The Silhouette is a die cutting machine that has a few different models. The Cameo 3 is the newest version that allows you to create so much more than just stencils! It can cut cardstock, vinyl, fabric, felt, fondant  and so much more. The possibilities are endless with this machine!

I also love using my Chalk Couture REUSABLE silk screen transfers whenever possible. You can find these transfers here. To learn more about Chalk Couture and how to use the products, visit my post all about it here.

What is your favorite paint?

I like making my own chalk paint, which you can find the recipe for here. Otherwise, I love using my chalkology chalk paste and Waverly chalk paint from Walmart.

What is your favorite stains?

I like to use a few different stains and techniques. My go to stain color is Dark Walnut from Minwax which you can find here. Otherwise, I like to make my own by using brown, black, or grey chalk paint and applying it with a baby wipe. I also enjoy making my own stains which you can find steps on how to make here.

How do you apply your stain?

If I am using the Minwax stain, I use rubber gloves and shop rags. If I am using chalk paint as a stain, I apply it with baby wipes.

What kind of wood do you use for your signs?

Most of the wood used for Prairie Pine Designs wood signs is pine. But, I do use other types on occasion. I also enjoy working with reclaimed wood.

How do you seal your signs?

There’s a few different ways I seal signs depending on the style and what they are being made for. For outdoor signs, I use outdoor semi gloss or matte polyurethane spray. For indoor home decor, I like to use Waverly matte wax which you can find at Walmart.

What do you use to make the wood frames?

I use 1” x 2″ pine furring strips, which you can find at your local lumber yard or home department store.

What are your favorite paint brushes?

I use these foam brushes whenever possible. I also love using makeup sponges for clean application over stencils.

Where can I buy pretty designs and fonts? 

There are multiple places to by fonts and designs. When creating signs and/or designs, you have to buy the commercial rights to the fonts and designs you use. I

What other tools & supplies do you use that are helpful?

Battery Powered Brad Nailer

Orbital Sander

Vinyl Stenciling – Oramask 813

CB09 Silhoutte Blade

Transfer Tape

Dental Pick

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! You can email me at prairiepinedesigns@gmail.com or sign up for my newsletters where you will get tips and tricks straight to your inbox!

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