A stencilled sisal floor it is a great way to introduce an accent colour and pattern to a room.
Position the stencil in the centre of the rug so that the stencilled pattern to finishes symmetrically along opposing edges. To find the centre of the mat stretch a length of string diagonally from one corner to the other and secure both ends with tape. Secure another string between the opposite diagonals. The string will cross at the centre of mat. Use a measuring tape to help align the stencil before taping it into position and applying paint through it.
The stencil in this project is SIB19-L Elizabethan, featured in my book Stencil It. I used some matt wall paint called Shocking Pink from Crown Paint to which I added a little fabric medium from Golden Paints. The medium thins the paint without losing either colour or strength. The thinner consistency allows the paint to settle into the fibres rather than sit on top of the surface. I mixed a secondary colour from Liquitex acrylic in a deeper shade of magenta, this was to give some mottling and depth to the pattern. Each colour needs a separate brush
Using a large stencil brush I took up a little of the paint mixture and worked it well into the brush. Then I dabbed of excess paint onto paper towel. Holding the stencil brush at 90 degrees to the surface I stippled the paint lightly through the stencil. I then used a circular brush stroke to work the stippled paint into the sisal fibre. Once the entire stencil had been painted I re stencilled a few areas with the darker paint. The second colour was applied randomly.
Each corner of the stencil has a diamond shaped cut out. This is for registration. Before removing the stencil adhere a little tape firmly onto the mat under the registration hole then mark the tape through it. I marked mine with green paint but pen or pencil will work.
Line up the pattern by moving the stencil along until the next set of diamonds match with the tape.
Notice the registration diamonds helping to keep the pattern aligned. You may need to click on the image to enlarge it. Make sure that the stencil has no paint on the underside before repositioning it.
To achieve a border between the pattern and the edges of the rug the stencil tape may be placed over the stencil to mask it; You only take the stencilled pattern as far as the tape, when the tape is removed the pattern will be enclosed within a frame of plain sisal.
Measure equal distance from the edge of the mat and mark the stencil at intervals. Be aware that the edges of the rug may not be straight and make allowances. Place the tape over the measuring marks, take care not to damage the design when removing sticky tape after stencilling.
The rug should be ready for use half an hour after stencilling. It took three hours to stencil this one and an hour to measure. There were four complete squares of pattern and four half ones.
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