In a previous post I showed how to delineate decorative stripes using masking tape. Although the technique was employed on a small tea tray the same instruction would be appropriate for larger surfaces.
I chose to embellish the tray with a stencil of horses designed by Emma Robson during her time with us at The Stencil Library.
I used up some left over paint matt emulsion paint but black acrylic paint would have been an excellent alternative.
Use a good quality stencil brush to take up a small amount of paint then work away the excess paint onto paper towel until fairly dry. Position the stencil so that the design looks good within the stripe and secure it with low tack tape. I placed the horse stencil fairly low to give a larger empty space above their heads. This is a border stencil so it has registration dots for ease of pattern repeat.
I placed a piece of masking tape onto the tray under the registration dot so that the tape receives the mark instead of the painted surface below it. A stippling or a swirling brushstroke applies the damp paint through both the pattern and the registration dot in the stencil. I removed the stencil and made sure that it was dry before repositioning it for the next pattern repeat. The pattern is repeated by marrying up the registration dots on the tape with the ones cut into the stencil.
The tray was too small to allow the full length of the design to be stencilled so I masked off any incomplete horse shapes with the low tack tape so that paint would not be be applied through them.
Although I call this a 30 minute makeover it really only takes a few minutes to stencil a small, one colour project such as this one. However, I would advise the application of at least two coats of varnish to the tray if heavy usage is expected from it.
The galloping horse stencil is available to order in various sizes. Contact me for details.