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stencil helen
Northumberland, UK
If it stays still...stencil it.
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Why stencils? Certainly you get a lot of satisfaction from doing something yourself, being artistic without needing to be an artist. But perhaps the main reason for using stencils is their flexibility. Obviously there is the colour choice. That will... Continue reading
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Click HERE and you will see not only the different stencils used to create these panels, but a different configuration using these same stencils. We have used FR27 Belle Quadrant, FR28 Belle Corner, FR29 Belle Mini Border and FR31 Belle... Continue reading
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Kilim is a tapestry woven rug or carpet from the ancient Ottoman Empire region. It is a traditional style of weaving still created today and is usually made up of a combination of colourful geometric shapes. It is also an... Continue reading
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I do not know why, but as a metallic colour, silver automatically oozes modernity. If I cast my mind through historical decorating styles, maybe the first time if was really used in any major way, was during the art deco... Continue reading
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Given the popularity of our VN302 Lace Border, we designed another, FR18 Lace Border, part of our new French Inspired range. This one is a stencil with two layers. You paint layer number one the colour you want the lace... Continue reading
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How effective can a border be? Sometimes a band of decoration is all that is needed to carry a room. This is FR17 Cameo Border from our new French Inspired range. Borders do not just have to go around the... Continue reading
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There is nothing more satisfying than taking or finding an old piece of furniture and giving it a new lease of life. A tables go, round tables are great. They are good for social reasons and perfect for stencilled decoration.... Continue reading
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One of the most interesting features you might see in a historical home is wood panelling. Get a quote to put some into your own home and you will find that it can be quite pricey. So we have come... Continue reading
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There is something about elaborate panel decoration. Whenever we see it, either painted or in plaster, we cannot help but be impressed. We have designed a range of stencils (there are three variations in the French range, and more in... Continue reading
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Yes, sometimes I struggle for post titles and yes, this stencil is called dogtooth not houndstooth, but I am allowed a bit of artistic license. Houndstooth or dogtooth are patterns made up of a broken or abstract check in two... Continue reading
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OK, I do know it is an anthemion design and as such, not a shell at all but based on honeysuckle. However, over the years most people just think anthemion is a shell design and I can see how. It... Continue reading
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I have been dying to use that phrase for ages. And I warn you, I will probably use it again. In fact, now that we have a couple of Ikat stencils, I will probably use it every time I mention... Continue reading
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Sometimes people are not so much afraid of large pattern as just not sure how to achieve it. Or there is this idea that larger pattern stencils are more difficult to do. In fact, aside from possibly a bit more... Continue reading
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I love a good quote. Who doesn't? It works on a couple of levels. Of course it is the message. Whether life affirming or personal, a well chosen saying bears looking at on a daily basis. Then there is the... Continue reading
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Refurbishing furniture is particularly satisfying. Old furniture is usually very well made but over the years may have been bashed and battered and ended up in the local charity shop. If you are willing to put in the work, then... Continue reading
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When it comes to defining the age of things, more often than not, we use style names rather than years. For example, it might be gothic, or rococco or georgian. And within those styles, there is a look combined with... Continue reading
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Folk Art is a broad term to describe a style that is stylised and naive, usually hand applied, and an early decorative style (although it is also used to describe modern artisan products). It is a hard style to pin... Continue reading
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Pattern overall (no pun intended) is good in my mind, but then there are some patterns that are excellent. This is a case in point. I love everything about this: the pattern and the combination of cobalt blue, sky blue... Continue reading
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I have been working at The Stencil Library for over 25 years and this stencil has been in the range for about 20 years. I have always thought it the most underrated stencil we have. It is exactly the same... Continue reading
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A couple of years ago, one of the big promoted trends in interiors was copper. Everything that would have previously been made in silver or gold was suddenly being manufactured in copper so we had mirrors, kitchen utensils, lighting, fabrics... Continue reading
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Canvas floorcloths are easy to make and allow you to create art for your floors. Get some heavy duty artist's canvas, paint both sides with a matte emulsion or latex paint (to stop the fabric from warping) and then stencil... Continue reading
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If the purist look is not your thing, then you are person who likes to mix and match styles. This is usually an intuitive look. You just know what mixes well and what doesn't. But one of the keys to... Continue reading
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This is such a simple effect but supremely effective decorative finish. The concept is straightforward. You paint your walls in a matte water based paint colour. You then stencil in nothing but a clear acrylic (water based) gloss varnish. This... Continue reading
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We spend a lot of time showing you stencils on walls and sometimes fabrics and floors, but mostly on walls. However, stencils can go onto anything that paint will go onto. So it would follow that, yes, you can stencil... Continue reading
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Foo Dogs or Foo Lions should always appear as a pair. So, with that in mind, you should stencil one of them and then flip the stencil over to stencil the reverse image....just as I did. Continue reading