This is a simple idea for home or office that uses painted stripes of magnetic paint and a stencil of numbers. It is a great way to display engagements and could be the ideal way to show off that collection of souvenir magnets! Our stencil project and came from the 'Stencil It' book by Helen Morris. The book is available in most countries but is sold out in the UK (We Brits have to buy from the USA and have it sent)
To make your planner mark straight lines onto the wall with water soluble pencil. Use the lines as guide for the stripes. Lay one length of low tack tape along the edge of the line, press it into place then lay another length of tape on either side of the original one. Make sure that all three align perfectly then press the two outer tapes firmly into place so that no paint will leak under them. Remove the central piece of tape to reveal a long stripe which you will stencil with magnetic paint
My picture shows a very narrow stripe but tape wider tape can be bought.
Do not throw away the tape it can be reused for the next stripe; just place it along the pencil lines of another row.
Use a clean, dry, stencil brush to apply the lines. Put a little paint onto a saucer or palette to prevent dipping the brush into deep paint; you just need to cover the tips of the bristles. Work the paint onto paper towel do this with a circular motion as if stirring tea as it will distrubute the paint across the bristles. The intention is to apply damp paint through the stencil. Apply the paint along the stripe stencil by using a gentle version of the stirring tea stroke. Build up depth of colour and magnetic power by applying several light layers of paint. It should be dry within a couple of seconds so it is easy to re coat. It is speedier to apply a few light layers than to clean up drips and smudges from using too much paint.
I reproduced the following snippet of information from Kidicraft's website page on their Magnet Paint. 'It paints on just like a normal emulsion or primer. We recommend that you use a minimum of three coats. Once dry you can paint over it with any emulsion colour of your choice' See their contact details for UK stockists.
There are many number stencils around. To see our selection at The Stencil Library type 'numbers' into our web site search. The numeral stencil that we used was SIB10-B there is a laminated paper version of the stencil in the Stencil It book; use the same stencilling method to apply paint through the stencil. Now all you need is magnets, invitations and appointments to display!
Here at The Stencil Library, we are always pushing things design wise. We endeavour to make any kind of surface pattern achievable and affordable (note our Chinoiserie range). It is the challenge that drives us forward and keeps us constantly designing. Occasionally, we like to be a bit irreverant. One result was our Bad Attitude range of stencils. Yes, we envisioned tyre tracks across the ceiling or barbed wire up the wall in a teen's room, but we also envisioned designs being given the stylish treatment...the sort of thing where one would walk into a classy room and then later double-take, not realising they were looking at something unexpected. Bad Attitude: subversive and surreal, but can also be very sophisticated and fun. Nowhere encapsulates this look more than Edward James' place West Dean (now an art college) which I was reminded of this month when the latest issue of The World of Interiors magazine landed on the doormat.
(photo: Tim Beddow for The World of Interiors)
Edward James was a poet and famous patron of the surrealist art movement. He was fortunate enough to inherit a large estate and fortune to go with it. In the 1930's he married dancer, actress and painter Tilly Losch. He had a carpet commissioned with the imprint of bare feet walking across it, supposedly inspired by the sight of his wife's wet bare feetprints across the bathroom floor.
(photo source: unknown)
Unfortunately his marriage didn't last long and ended spectacularly whereby he had the carpet replaced with one featuring the prints of "more loyal friends", his Irish wolfhounds. I think I like this one even better. You would be forgiven in missing what the pattern was altogether (have another look at the WOI cover photo above). Again, it is very tonal and subtle. If you look at the decor of the room, it is beautifully and classically decorated and yet, in a madcap way, the carpet features dog prints. Wonderful. They almost look like flowers and at first glance and that would certainly be more expected in such a scheme. This is how I imagined Bad Attitude stencils should be used.
We have a paw print stencil called Beast, code BA8. In black and white, it does look rather sinister. But stencil it without the claw marks and in tonal colours on a floor in a room filled with tasteful antiques and it is no worse than a bit cheeky and it shows off your sense of humour.
We also do a footprint stencil which can be scaled up or down to suit. Again, it is how you use it. But it is such fun to think of it used in a gilded and silk decor.
One of my favourites is our giant fingerprint. On its own, it has undertones of being arrested or bureaucracy and officialdom, but I always reckoned it looked quite textural and would look amazing randomly scattered over a wall sometimes overlapping in a tone on tone colour and as part of a sophisticated room. So at first you would think it is a texture (so hot in decorating right now) and then you would realise it is a load of giant fingerprints.
Sometimes art and decorating can be seen as a bit too serious. To me, the best in both worlds is that which has a bit of playfulness as well as style and sophistication.
(photo: The Stencil Library)
I love our XL Camouflage used here with a load of art deco accessories and furniture. Take something out of context and it looks very different. Who knew camouflage could be stylish.
I was reminded of Rachel's festive post in 2013 where she showed you how to stencil a table runner, hers was inspired by Madonna's dress. I found a couple of earlier projects that used the same CS57-R 5 point star stencil that Rachel used and because we are approaching the time of year when a little starry sparkle is expected I thought I'd share them.
A much younger me stencils the stars with spray paint around 1990. I used spray cans quite a lot in those days, you can see them on the shelf beside me. I think I still have that sweater!
This was Easy Living magazine's interpretation of our 5 point star stencil.
A cotton duvet cover was stencilled with stars. The gold stencil paint was heat set with a hot iron after stencilling the fabric. It lasted very well.
Unfortunately the same could not be said of the stencilled stars on these bed canopies. I sent all the stencilled fabric away to be flame proofed and the metallic paint reacted with the flame proofing solution, I now stencil fabric after the flame proofing process. However, I like the tarnishing and it is the sort of finish that I get asked to replicate. Note, use an aqua colour with gold or copper paint to acheive a patina effect...its much quicker than waiting for it to oxidise. If you prefer your stars to be a little spikier take a look at the CS58-R 8point star
Also, there are a good selection of small stars in our CA2 star stencil, all of these star designs are in our Budget range of stencils.