The stencilled butterfly and willow bedroom was a weekend decorating project that I painted for my hosts whilst staying with them.
Firstly JA13 a Japanese style vertical border of willow was stencilled in white in all four corners of the blue walls.
It gave me a chance to play with a rather large stencil brush that I bought from fellow stencil maker Cynthia Davies at Wallovers. This brush is wider than the ones that I sell and I was advised to I stipple the paint rather than employing my usual swirling method. A gentle stipple or tapping works well with a brush of this size and the stencilling was completed with speed. Make sure that all excess paint is worked into paper towel so that the paint is almost dry before applying it through the stencil. I used the join line of the two walls as my guide to keep the stencil in a straight vertical line. What is the correct term for the wall join in the corner of a room?
Using the registration points on the stencil ensures that the pattern is repeated with ease. Once the walls were complete my hostess and I nipped to Walmart and bought a jacquard weave duvet cover and pillow cases. Then we stencilled that too.
A secret to stencilling fabric is to keep it firmly in place whilst you apply the paint. I had a roll of stencil film in my luggage and so I sprayed a light misting of Spraymount repositioning adhesive over it then inserted it into the duvet cover. Once the fabric is smoothed onto the film it will stay in place. Move the film wherever and whenever needed.
I could have used a large sheet of card or hardboard as an alternative support. The fabric should be washed before stencilling it.
A light amount of Spraymount to the back of the stencils will hold them in position.
Liquitex acrylic paint in cobalt blue was used straight from the bottle in some places and in others I diluted it with fabric medium from Golden Paint. Also, I mixed a little of the wall paint with the Golden fabric medium. A separate stencil brush is needed for each colour. I added shading around the edges of some of the silhouettes. The shading is applied lightly with a deeper colour and a small stencil brush.
I wanted to stencil an assortment of butterflies flying across the duvet to the wall.
Some of the butterflies sparkled with glitter glaze.
The glaze is transparent and is stippled over the paint whilst the stencil is still is position.
Once the paint on the fabric has been set with an iron it can be laundered. The stencilling on the walls does not need protection.
If I get invited again, they might let me decorate the wardrobe.