So, the tiniest bit of sunshine appears and we all go a little mad with excitement. Everyone is out making the most of it and Helen and I decided to do the same last week by decorating the canvas sides of the gazebo outside in the garden.
After being washed and ironed, I hemmed the ripped edge of the two large pieces of canvas to prevent them fraying and took them up by about 2 inches to keep them off the grass as it seems to have spent a lot of its time this year so far being wet (boo, I know). A pocket was made along the top of the fabric so that it could be threaded onto curtain poles. The canvas pieces are bright orange and the flooring in the bottom of the gazebo is a sky blue and immediately this made me think of Indian colours, so I decided to use a rather large Paisley pattern. Helen has stencilled a garden parasol with it and it was featured in a post last week. The 4 colours I used to stencil the pattern on the canvas were bright metallic paints so when the summer kickstarts (hopefully within the next century) they’ll reflect really nicely, I picked Pearlescent Turquoise, Pearlescent Magenta and two shades of gold, using the brighter of the two to highlight the edge around the Paisley shape.
The turquoise paint was used to stencil the middle of the paisley, the same central design was reproduced as a seperate and slightly larger stencil which I randomly placed in between the paisley patterns. They were used to bring flashes of bright colour.
Don't forget to apply a light misting of SprayMount repositioning adhesive to a sturdy piece of cardboard and place it underneath the canvas in the part you’re stencilling; It holds the material steady and doesn’t allow bunching or movement whilst you’re applying the paint. Also, it reduces the time it takes to stencil because you’re not battling with the material and it lessens the risk of errors. The best part comes next... putting it onto the tent frame and being out in the sunshine! The canvas slid onto curtain poles on either side of the gazebo. We then found some white muslin which we threaded onto poles on the inside and made them drape nicely, then we stepped back and admired our handiwork.
So that’s it, all done, and when the sun is shining and it’s warm in the stencilled tent you could be absolutely anywhere in the world!