I painted the walls with Prom Night emulsion from Crown Paint's Indulgence Range. It is a rich purple which I thought would look quite different from my usual Chinoiserie projects.
I used an assortment of iridescent, opalescent and metallic paint from Crown Paint, Golden and Modern Masters. Each colour has a shimmering quality to it. The stencil brushes are from The Stencil Library.
The stencils I chose were CH24-27 The set features many elements that you might need to stencil a Chinoiserie style garden such as stems. leaves flowers, birds and butterflies. I also added CH18 Parakeet panel and CH19 Peony Basket stencil.
I used gold paint and the dry paint method of stencilling to make a stencilled framework of stems. You can find many methods of stencilling in our 'how to stencil' section of this blog.
When the framework was complete I positioned the flower stencil so that the flowers appear to grow from the stems. I used both gold and a colour called Dazzle from Crown Paint as base colours for the birds, flowers and butterflies. Secondary colours were thinly applied over them whilst the stencil was still in place . This made a soft blend of colour and kept the shimmer properties of the base paints.
One of the beauties of using a free form stencil such as the CH24/27 set is that you can determine where you would like the pattern to grow. Recently Design Inspiration featured a project by Mrs Jones. She sent photographs of a fabulous dining room that she had stencilled for her client. Mrs Jones used this same stencil set as I but she used white and grey paint onto a silver leaf background. It is quite stunning and very different from mine, visit it here. See, I keep telling you how versatile stencils are.