Surface View are offering spooktacularly macabre wall decor this Halloween. Their collaborative collection with The Natural History Museum offers us murals of snakes, skulls, bugs and beetles. At The Stencil Library we have stencils of all of those subjects but I don't think I have ever shown you our Beetle repeating stencil and it is one of my favourites.
I would like to decorate a table with this stencil and see it in copper over a base of malachite and lapis. I could use the larger, matching version of this stencil to decorate wall panels or fabrics. It would look quite different in say coffee and creme onto linen. Alternatively, blue and white or pale silver on graphite would be interesting combinations. Beetles is a repeating design but can be used as a decorative border or one can adapt it to use only the motifs. This would work well for cards and gift boxes. We also have a Scarab style beetle stencil in our Budget Collection. I am reminded of one of the many wonderful features on decorative art posted by Theresa Cheek at Arts The Answer. She showed the interior of The Royal Palace in Brussels which had been encrusted with jewel like beetle wings.
Via Theresa's post I found actress Ellen Terry's shimmering beetle-wing dress. at The National Trust Treasure Hunt. I am unsure whether the wing shedding is a natural process, I hope so but maybe someone can enlighten me. To my knowledge no beetles were harmed in the creation of this stencil.
Have any readers used our SIB22 beetle stencil? Do you have an image of your project that we can share?