Friday, January 27, 2012

Free yacht stencil

Wow, what a response I am getting for the stencils. So glad you are all enjoying them. Here is another nautical  one - a sailing yacht.
This would look great printed on a wall, fabric for a blind or a waste basket for the bathroom.

To get the shading correct, follow my directions


PRINTING YOUR STENCIL


The best part of the entire process is printing the stencil you have just spent hours cutting out for the first time.

Once you have decided on your colours, paints and surface you are ready to begin. Lightly spritz the back of your stencil with the spray adhesive, wait a few minutes for it to dry and secure to your surface. If you feel the stencil is too sticky, press it onto a T-shirt or similar fabric to pick up a little of the fluff and reduce the stickiness. 

Transfer a little of the paint to the lid of the container with your dry stencil brush and work from the lid replenishing as needed. (Insert step-by-step photograph) Never dip your brush into the paint container and work from there as you will have far too much paint on your brush and it will mess and run under the stencil. Also do not dilute the paint, as it will become too thin.

I follow one golden rule while stencilling – use as little paint as possible and build up the intensity of colour with more light applications rather than one heavy layer. Using too much paint makes the final effect heavy and crude whereas a light, lively effect should be the goal.

Using a light, quick, dabbing motion apply the paint onto your surface working at a slight angle from the edges of the stencil – this will secure the stencil more firmly to your surface and give a definition to the end result. (Insert step-by-step photograph)

Do not worry about small bits of paint drifting onto neighbouring areas – this will actually add to the final effect and will not be noticeable as an error. If you want to keep colours separate use a shield to protect adjoining areas.

By using gradually darkening shades of the same colour in ever widening areas you can create an almost 3D effect and give a lot of life to the stencil. Leaving areas of light in the middle adds to this illusion. Using a different colour as a base to an area can highlight it and almost makes it glow.

Once the stencil print is completed carefully peel off the stencil by gently loosening any delicate bridges and admire your work!
  
This is an excerpt from my book "Stencils and Stencilling"

Monday, January 16, 2012

Free shell border stencil

I thought it was about time for another stencil so keeping to the nautical theme here is one of my favourites. This shell stencil can be used in so many different ways - either as it is or by using the shells separately. It looks stunning as a dado border in a bathroom or printed onto cushion covers.

Shell border shown in two colours

As per the previous stencil please give a small donation to your favourite local charity if you use the stencil.