I was totally thrilled to receive photographs of the first stencil projects from two students that attended our recent introduction to stencilling day. The first pictures to arrive were sent from Muriel Cavaille.
She has used the designer blossom stencil from the larger than life collection. The blossom stencil is made up of lines and dots. The stenciller fits them together to make their own pattern, no two will ever be the same.
I noticed that Muriel's stencilled colours echo those in the fabric. She thanked Rachel for helping her choose paint to stencil with and wrote 'In the end I went for pewter, the nice dusty pink, and mixed some crimson with a bit of metallic rust to take a bit of the brightness off. I also used some cream emulsion and some pale gold that I had already.
Muriel added "I'm very pleased with the result, I'm not sure I set off to do something so bold but I'm happy with the way it turned out, it's a definite statement and I'm very proud of it"
I reckon she should be.
A day or two later Gail Rusieski emailed pictures of her first stencil project since taking the class. Gail has used stencils based on designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
She wrote "I've been putting my new skills to the test at home, I thought you might like a quick look at my results so far. There's a border in a bedroom, plus very quick but effective jobs of 'upgraded' cushions and a lampshade in the living room."
I am impressed that she stencilled a curved, plastic lampshade, that's a tricky surface especially for a new starter. Gail continues "I'm very happy with how they have turned out and I'm planning another couple of larger projects too, now I've gained a bit of confidence and experience. ... It's so satisfying to make something original and personal without having to be Michaelangelo!"
I don't have any more classes scheduled for this year but we arrange private ones for small groups and there is a demonstration of stencilling techniques on our tours of the Stencilled House. See side bar for dates of the next ones. Rachel and I appreciate seeing the work of our customers and thank you Muriel and Gail for letting us show them. I rather like Gail's quote about Michaelangelo too!