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Creating Signs on Wood Using Stencils



Creating Signs on Wood Using Stencils

Stenciling is probably one of the quickest and easiest ways to create amazing signs, even if you do not have good handwriting or the needed artistic mend of mind. A lame man can produce a great decorative piece using them. But there are certain tricks you must know to make the end result appear to have been done by a pro. 

After spending hours on a project, if you find that the gorgeous design you were expecting to see has come out to be a blobby, smeary mess instead, you will get disheartened. And when it comes to stenciling on unpainted wood, you have to be extra-cautious because fixing an error on such a surface is difficult. This article will tell you how you can accomplish the task without mistakes.

Materials needed

  • A stencil design of your choice
  • A perfectly shaped wooden plank
  • Repositionable spray adhesive
  • Paper plate
  • Paint
  • Makeup wedges
  • Toothpicks

Choosing the wooden surface

You can use this technique on any wooden surface, from custom signs to wood planks to furniture. Today, we will be doing the project on a rectangular plank of wood. You can choose any shape. But it will also depend on the stencil size because you will have to accommodate the design at the center of the plank. You can use a welcome stencil, stencils with motivational quotes, custom stencils, and simple alphabet stencils to create a sign of your own. 

Remember to choose a smooth wooden surface as it is easier to stencil on it. Rough surfaces will have little grooves where the paint might seep in, leaving a messy design. 

Using the repositionable spray adhesive

Before you place your stencil on the surface, it’s always better to spray the backside with a repositionable adhesive. Some prefer to use painter’s tape to hold the stencil in place. But the only drawback is you do not get to firmly place the entire stencil on the surface with tape. Vinyl stencils with adhesive backs meant for single use can also work. Now place the sprayed stencil exactly where you want to paint the design.

Using makeup wedges instead of a paintbrush

Well, we would like you to try this tip out for yourself. Stencil brushes and paint brushes are good for professional artists. But for a novice, using them will not give you clean lines. For a beginner, a makeup wedge sponge will be a perfect stenciling tool. 

Painting the plank

Choose any paint of a contrasting color of your choice and pour it on a plate. Dip the wedge end into the paint and blot the excess off with a paper towel. The sponge should be moist and not drenched with paint. Excess paint will ruin the design. 

Now, start dabbing the moist sponge onto the design. Do not use a motion that you use for a paintbrush, i.e., sliding back and forth. Instead, dab using up and down motion. You may need to repeat the process one more time to make the color pop. Let the paint dry, and then pull the stencil off the surface. 

Toothpick trick

If, after pulling off the stencil, you find stencil marks that you do not want to be there, dip a toothpick in the paint and fill in the gaps carefully. 


Voila! You have your DIY sign ready!

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When Can You Sue For Getting Cancer?



When Can You Sue For Getting Cancer?

Being diagnosed with cancer can be devastating and affect anyone at any age. Several factors, such as genetics and lifestyle, can cause it. However, cancer can also be caused by the negligence of others. In such an instance, you can sue the people responsible for causing your cancer and claim compensation for the diagnosis and any associated damages.

Determining when and who to sue for getting cancer can be a complex process. So, it’s a wise idea to hire a lawyer to get you through the process and get the compensation you deserve. The attorney can advise you on when, how, and whom to sue for getting cancer.

With that said, here’s when you can sue for getting cancer:

  1. Product Liability 

You can sue for getting cancer from a defective product. For example, in one hair product cancer lawsuit, a claim was made that a hair straightening product was causing uterine cancer in women. The defects in the hair product increase the risk of developing uterine cancer for whoever uses it. If you think you’re in a similar situation, you can sue the manufacturers if a certain product increases your risk of developing cancer.

However, proving your case and claiming compensation can be challenging. In such a case, you must prove the defective product caused your cancer to sue the manufacturer or retailer. You’ll have to request tests on the products to prove the defect and the relationship to cancer development. The product defect has to have caused your cancer diagnosis directly. One example is when the product has excessive amounts of lead. You’ll need to hire experts or resort to government authorities to investigate the product to prove this. This way, you have a piece of solid evidence to sue the product manufacturer.

  • Medical Negligence 

Medical negligence is one of the most common reasons to sue for getting cancer. You could sue for medical malpractice if the doctors, healthcare facility, hospital, or other medical professionals failed to offer the standard of care causing your cancer diagnosis. For example, if the doctor failed to order necessary tests or misdiagnosed your case resulting in cancer progression, you can sue for medical negligence.  

To successfully sue for medical negligence, you must prove that the medical practitioner’s actions directly caused your cancer diagnosis. You must also show that you suffered damage because of the negligent actions of the medical practitioner. By doing so, you can claim compensation for treatment of progressing cancer, lost wages if you cannot work, and pain and suffering.

  • Environmental Factors 

Exposure to environmental pollutants and toxins is a common risk factor for cancer. Prolonged exposure to asbestos at the workplace, radiation, and other chemicals can increase cancer risk. If you can prove your cancer was caused by exposure to a certain environmental toxin like asbestos, consider suing the company or entity responsible for the pollutants.

Suppose a company’s activities produce excessive radiation that affects the population in a specific area and results in cancer. In that case, you can sue that company for exposing you to toxins that caused the development of your cancer.

Like the previous points, you must prove your cancer was directly caused by a specific substance you were exposed to. You’ll also have to show that the exposure was from the negligence of the company or entity you’re suing. Another aspect you must consider is the entity’s knowledge of the potential risks of exposing people to the toxin or substance. Since you’ll also claim that the company or entity was negligent, expose their bad practices that contributed to the development of your cancer.

Additionally, working in a hazardous environment may expose you to substances or toxins that can increase your cancer risk. For instance, if you’re a construction worker with constant exposure to asbestos, you’ll be at risk of developing cancer. Working as a firefighter can also expose you to asbestos and other carcinogenic substances that cause cancer.  

You can sue your employer for getting cancer while working in a hazardous environment. To be successful, you must prove the cancer was caused directly by exposure to a specific chemical or substance at the workplace or in the line of duty. For example, getting cancer from asbestos exposure at a construction site.  

In such a suit, you’ll claim compensation for the medical expenses covering the diagnosis and treatment, lost wages, damages for the pain and suffering caused to you and your family, and other associated costs.  

Conclusion  Getting a cancer diagnosis because of someone else’s negligence can be traumatizing and devastating. However, you can get a little relief through compensation for the medical expenses and other related damages, such as pain and suffering. The process of suing for getting cancer can be complicated, and it’d be best to hire an experienced lawyer to handle the litigation process. An attorney can also advise on the available legal options available and the compensation to seek.

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