I have not shown you any of Rachel's rooms for a while and they are a treasure trove of visual treats. Until recently this was Rachel's bedroom and her dressing room was half of the size. Her vintage fashion collection is now getting so huge that she has had to swap premises with her clothes.
Vintage hats are stacked on shelves or hung on walls
The stencilled pattern is MD51 Zig Zag from The Stencil Library.
This room is very popular with visitors on our house tours. The young enjoy the retro vibe of the fashions that Rachel displays as art. The older ones recall their mothers wearing similar clothes and older still remember wearing it themselves. The overspill of Rachel's collection is sold in our stencil shop.
Rachel's use of transparent chairs allow the view to continue through the furniture.
The walls are decorated with stencils in a style reminiscent of Florence Broadhurst. Her wallpaper designs appealed to Rachel and she knew that the desired effect could be obtained by using stencils and colouring them the way that Ms Broadhurst may have done.
I want a flamingo in my room!
Rachel has exploded three different patterns on the walls at this end of the room. Zig Zag, Spider Chrysanthemum and Bamboo. The patterns are diverse but all carry at least one of the same colours as their neighbour.
At the opposite end we a see zebra rug and a damask stencilled wall. Much of the decorated wall is obscured by Rachel's mood board of inspirational fashion, colour and photography. This is the stencil pattern behind it. It is one of many damask stencil patterns from The Stencil Library.
and here is another.
The spider chrysanthemum stencil uses the same colour as the damask one. Rachel told me it was hellish trying to stencil black onto the purple background as there is little light in the room and she was mostly stencilling at night. The pattern goes right over the ceiling.
A tiny but functional sewing machine is ready for action along with parcels of fabric neatly tied with ribbon.
Flower motifs are abundant as seen on the lampshade...
...and the drawer pulls.
Vintage jewelry sits on the dresser...
and on the trunks...
...and cases sit on trunks.
Seen enough? There is more ...but another time perhaps. Close the door behind you.
Dates for the house tours along with information about our book and dvd of The Stencilled Home can be found on this blogs' side bar... Want to know more? email us or leave a comment.
At last! I have the dates written up for this years classes at The Stencil Library's workshop in Stocksfield.We have two new classes to offer and will host a rehearsal class for each. Read on....
Stencil day 1.
This class teaches the basic skills of stencilling and builds to encompass professional techniques. The emphasis is on practical work with demonstration and discussion. We will stencil with various media onto different surfaces.
This class includes lunch and a tour of The Stencilled Home. Students take home approximately £30 worth of supplies used during the day.
Fee £69.00 Time 10.00 to 17.00. Saturday May 22nd Sunday September 19th.
Make a stencilled, gilded mirror.
Create a decorative mirror finish on a framed acrylic panel (size approx 30x40cms). Students will explore stencilling reverse colour onto a transparent surface before gilding it. A unique water gilding process and metal leaf will be employed. This technique can transform flat glass or acrylic into a silver leaf effect mirror suitable for wall panels and furniture. The mirror frame will be decorated using a different gilding process.
Refreshments provided. Students keep decorated panel and stencil.
Fee £50.00 Time 13.30-17.30. Sat May 29th. Thurs Sept 23rd
NEW Opulent stencilled velvet panel.
Students will stencil with metallic colours onto cotton velvet to create a sumptuous looking panel. Project size approx 120x120cms. Stencilling techniques learnt include pattern repeats, layering colours, mitring corners and measuring. The panel is a good size for a wall hanging, large floor cushion, small throw or table cover. Bring a packed lunch. Refreshments provided. Students keep decorated panel and stencils
Fee £85.00 Time 9.30-17.30. Tues, Sept 21st
NEW Stencilled Persian carpet style panel
This class gives experience in stencilling using paint and metal leaf. Masking, measuring, colour and cornering techniques are explored. This Ottoman inspired panel lends itself to many classic and contemporary interpretations, once you know how.
packed lunch. Refreshments provided. Students
keep canvas panel and stencils.
Fee £85.00 Time 9.30-17.30. Mon, Sept 20th
REHEARSAL COURSES. Whenever we introduce new classes we hold a rehearsal. We offer a saving of £15 on the £85 class fee in return for your understanding if the timings and project does not run entirely to plan.
Rehearsal for NEW Persian style panel. Fee £70 Sunday, May 23rd.
Rehearsal for NEW velvet panel. Fee £70. Sunday, May 30th
Yaaaay, I hope that some of you may join us this year.
Classes are limited to a maximum of 10 students. All projects are achievable by those with little or no experience in stencilling.
I will be teaching for IDAL at their annual convention in the USA later this year and will post more about that soon.
This weeks used stencil giveaway is a romantic little trio. Two lace designs and a bough of blossom with birds. The usual rules apply to the giveaway and are at the end of this post. The first of the stencils is JA 114 Bird and Blossom seen below on the mirror and dresser top.
The stencil has been well used but all the bridges are intact and one can get several more uses from it. The first of the lace stencils is VN121 Vintage Lace repeat
and on our shop counter. The stencil is grubby but has lots of life left in it. The other of the lace stencils is OTT20 stencilled in the next two pictures by Katrin Cargill.
photo Easy Living.
My copy has been lightly used and is in good condition. I will send the stencils to the first published commentor after this post. If it is you then you are responsible for paying the postage and will be contacted privately for delivery and payment details so don't put any of that information in the comment. Post and pack charges on the used stencils trio are four pounds for 1st class UK postage. Airmail to EU countries seven pounds. Airmail to all other parts of the world twelve pounds. To read more about previous giveaways look at the FREE STENCILS section in the contents bar. To buy clean, unused versions of these stencils just click onto the links in this post.
The winner of the stencil design competition hosted by Crown Paint and the Royal College of Art 2010 was Nabil El-Nayal.
The Stencil Library are responsible for cutting and retailing the winning designs so I am pleased to tell you that Nabil's design is now available for sale. It's name ' The Consequences Of A House Party' is not quite as snappy as the design.
Nabil says...‘I wanted to encapsulate that precise moment when excitement leads to an object falling, smashing and breaking, and to celebrate that moment by projecting it larger than life on the walls of many homes; therefore providing a long lasting memory of both the party itself, but also, more hauntingly, the object that is no longer’.
We say 'This is an unusual and inexpensive stencil. It's fun, on trend and an eyecatching conversation piece'.
Whilst chatting to Nabil as we decorated boards for the Crown press launch I showed him how to shade the colour through the stencil. By stencilling the outline of a shape then fading the colour to nothing at the centre you get a lighter look to the image. This technique made Nabil's design look hand painted, it is a matter of preference whether to go for a solid or varied result.
Nabil is certainly a designer to look out for. At the time of winning the stencil competition he was studying for an MA in womenswear. His graduate collection won the Womenswear Gala Award at Graduate Fashion Week. He has designed a collection for River Island, won an award from The Royal Society of Arts, has been featured by Vogue.com, Drapers and Elle and promised to make a frock for me....
See Ramdaq's fab photography showing some of Nabil's gorgeous graduate collection here
Photos from me and Crown Paint.
On Saturday 13th of March a line of flame torches will be lit from the East to the West coast in Britain.
The illumination follows the 84 mile path of the ancient Roman Wall. I have been so excited about this event but have left it too late to volunteer. Those who signed up to help will ignite 500 torches as the flame is passed along the line from Wallsend to Bowness on Solway.
There are major celebrations at either end of the wall and smaller ones some of the villages and towns along the route. Apparently, it will be televised and after the event I will find links for those of you who would like to have been there. The Roman Wall runs very close to my home. It was built in AD122 by the Roman army on the orders of the Emperor Hadrian to keep the Scots out of England. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
I can not stress enough how gorgeous parts of Northumberland and Cumbria are. Cumbria owns the stunning Lake District. Northumberland has miles of white sandy beaches, rugged moorlands, heather covered hills, some really good shopping...oh and The stencil Library is here. I know there are many beautiful areas in The British Isles but this one is all the more lovely because of it's lack of crowds. Hmmm Have I just spoilt the secret?
British Tourism Week 2010 takes place from 15th-21st March and will include a programme of events around the country. For further information about Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall visit the site become a fan of Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall on facebook or follow @EmperorHadrian on Twitter.
It is the name of the latest stencil to be added to our website and apt as a title for this post too. Klimtomania is from our forthcoming Vintage range of stencils, but has been featured in the April issue of the fabulous Living etc magazine (just out), so we've added it to our site in case you want to order it.
They have cunningly used it across a flat-fronted cabinet. For added interest and fun, they have stencilled it on the inside as well, but in the reverse of the colours on the front. It is a repeat pattern stencil designed to fill entire areas, but you can also simply finish it on a swirl as shown here.
It is inspired by the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, most famous for "The Kiss". Here is his "Tree of Life" painting.
If you are mad about Klimt, we also have a Klimt Theme Pack (code TP50) in our budget range.
Recently I showed you a wall slice decorated with the small henna hand.
Henna Hand is a two overlay stencil.
Colour is applied to layer one, then the registration points are marked before removing the stencil and laying down the second overlay over the registration points.
The colour is acrylic paint applied with a clean dry stencil brush. I stencilled both overlays of the small hand with the same colour and was a little more adventurous with the larger one which I stencilled onto canvas stained with earth pigment.
If you are stuck for a colour inspiration do as I did and cheat. I saw this picture in the Plumo catalogue, I like the way the colours sang together so I just grabbed the same ones from my paint box and got creative.
Other colour variations came from Photoshop.
Both sizes of henna hand are available from The Stencil Library and other sizes can be ordered if need be.
A full circle skirt might be an interesting surface to stencil or a huge table. This design will team beautifully with the floral paisley stencil.
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This weekend my mum and I are having a mini break in Amsterdam. Already we know that our stay is too short to see all the things that have tempted us so far but if you know of something beautiful that we should not miss then tell me. Quick!
In celebration of the visit I decided to stencil a tulip design. I then photographed the stages to show how to build colour in a single layer stencil.
Use a clean, dry stencil brush for each colour that you intend to use.
Take the yellow colour on the tips of the brush then work the paint into paper towel or another absorbent surface.
When the paint is almost dry apply it in a light circling motion to parts of the pattern where you would like the colour to appear brighter.
I used it along the fatter part of the leaf and the rounder areas of petal. Take the medium shade next, I usually work from light to dark colour. Use the absorbent surface to dry the next colour then apply it to the shape.