On many occasions I have featured projects that have been achieved with the extra large size of this Chinoiserie stencil....because it is one of my favourites. This time I am working with the small version of it and will write a 'how to' for each stage of the project as I create my interpretation of the wall in the picture.
Firstly I divided the wall between a top and bottom section. I drew a pencil line using a level to keep the line straight then applied 1 inch wide, low tack, masking tape along the pencil line this separates the two areas of colour that will be covering the wall. The upper part of the wall has had a broken colour technique applied. I used a pearlescent pink shade and a pale matt pink and patted them together with a Woolie, I have had mine for years and got it in America.
After the wall is painted the tape is removed and the exposed area should be painted in a contrasting colour. I may add some architectural detail such as a wood or plaster chair rail. The wall was previously yellow so that is why the horizontal stripe is that colour...it will be covered later in the project. The blue paint was applied with a large fleece roller and the edges of the wall were cut in with a brush. I will stencil the blue area with a background pattern of VN34 Ebb Tide from our Vintage stencil Collection.
This stencil is a wonderful slinky pattern and does not need any accompaniment but on this occasion I will be using it as a background pattern to go under CH53 Bamboo Railings.
The stencil has four diamond shaped registration points cut onto it. I am using the top two points to keep the pattern straight by laying them onto the edge of the stripe so that the line goes directly through the centre of the diamonds. The first row must be straight therefore the repeats on this row will use the same line and diamonds method There are two lower points cut into the stencil to facilitate vertical repeats as well as horizontal. Two of the four marks are employed to repeat the pattern in each direction
The stencil design is formed from circles of varying sizes so there are no long or floppy parts to the stencil which means it can be held in place with tape rather than using a spray repositioning adhesive. After taping it into place I applied paint through the stencil pattern with a foam roller. Once the roller has been introduced to a shallow depth of paint roll away the excess paint on the tray and then again onto paper towel, the paint must be damp not wet when it is rolled gently over the stencil. This will keep the imprint crisp.
Cover all the shapes up and down and side to side taking care not to stray over the edges of the stencil. Mark the registration diamonds before removing and repositioning the stencil. Usually one would place tape onto the surface directly under the registration points so that the tape is marked rather than the surface below it. This time I was lazy; because I had lots of background paint I marked the wall and will cover the registration marks before the project is completed. I used tape on the the pink portion of the wall because it would be less easy to disguise the marks on a broken colour background.
In a separate container I mixed some of the blue paint with a little paint of a much darker hue; a ratio of around 1 to 9 parts. I added touches of the darker blue here and there and used a stencil brush to do this. Again the paint must be worked from the tips of the stencil brush onto to the paper towel so that no wet paint is transfered through the stencil; the imprint must be crisp at all times. Hold the brush at right angles to the surface and apply the paint wth a gentle tapping or stirring motion through the shapes in the stencil.
Continue stencilling and repositioning the stencil until the area is complete. I had to wash the stencil once during decoration of the wall because the smallest holes were getting clogged with paint. I placed it in a large basin with hot water and added liquid soap. Because this particular stencil is made from circles it can take a vigorous scrubbing but most stencils should be cleaned with care.
In part two of this project I will add the CH53 Bamboo stencil over the VN34 Ebb Tide pattern. After that we will add the stencils to create the Chinese walllpaper effect and add the centre stripe.