My name is Dyane Brown, a second year student from Newcastle College.
I am currently on a work placement at The Stencil Library.
I attempted stencilling back in the 80's when it was the latest fad. I quickly went off it due to the rubbish stencils that were available at the time and not really knowing what I was doing.
I now have a new found love for stenciling having being taught the correct way to do it by the Lovely Helen Morris. The vast range of very clever intricate stencils produced by her husband the genius Mr Chips has given me a whole new way at looking at stencilling and the creative ways you can use them. We have recently been making samples of the new cross stitch rose stencil.
A good tip that Helen shared is to paint a piece of lining paper with your chosen background colour and test your stencil onto it before you do it onto the wall. This way it gives you a better idea of how it will look when finished and you can change any colours that you're not sure about. This saves you from repainting your wall and having to start again if the colours are all wrong! So if like me you have been put off stencilling in the past, give it another go, you might end up loving it and become a stencil convert like me!