I am very excited about this design. Not only does it look leopardy, but in this picture it has depth and appears to roll in and out of the walls. The rolling bit was achieved by adding soft, stippled stripes of a deeper colour to the surface before stencilling. Both wall colours are muddy and muted. The spots are stencilled in 244 Ivory Black water based paint. We used stencil 349 Leopard Repeat from our General stencil range. It is a large sheet, 18" x 30" of small, realistic size leopard spots. It is designed to repeat both horizontally and vertically for an all over repeat. Leopard spots are also available from our Modern Design range (code MD2) where there are four sizes of the stencil available. The small size has a similar size spot to the stencil used here, but a much smaller sheet size. On the other sizes, not only does the sheet size increase, but also the spot size for larger than life scale! Whilst looking for leopard photos in my collection I found an old picture of my mum and I at a trade show. She wears leopard print stencilled cotton jeans and we stand on a floor stencilled with 349 Leopard Repeat. Our very first animal print stencils were made of brass. This was around eighteen years ago when all our stencils were hand cut. It was just too expensive and fiddly to hand cut the animal prints especially crocodile and snakeskin so we had the designs acid etched into brass. Here is a medley of accessories stencilled with the brass leopard and croc designs. These days our stencils are no longer cut by hand so we can now achieve large stencils with a depth of complexity that we only dreamed of in the early days. The brass stencils have now been replaced with our plastic ones and they are found in the Modern Range.
Along with assorted leopard repeats and borders we have an actual leopard stencil.
We call him Len, but his code number is is CO14 Leopard and he is 38 inches (97 cms) tall. He looks good in a remarkable range of colours and has several overlays to make stencilling his shadows and spots an easy process. Our advert on the title page of this blog shows Len wearing Fleur de Lys proving that a leopard can change his spots.
My final photograph in this leopard post shows you how the 349 Leopard Repeat wall in my first picture became a background for one of our Print Room sets. Here CPR1 Octagon Frames have been used with photocopied prints. An additional back ground has been stencilled into the frame area using MD18 Rattan in it's smallest size.
Leopard print is making one of it's very frequent forays into the world of fashion at the moment and trends in home decorating often echo whats happening on the runway. So team, release your inner kitten and take a walk on the wild side. H