I started painting furniture in the late eighties and didn't have the confidence to hand paint things then, so I used stencils, first bought ones, then as I gained confidence,I cut my own. Eventually I learned how to paint directly on to the wall, but that took time. I have to say though, that I still have a soft spot for stencilling. Recently, I thought that I would check 'The Stencil Library's' website, as I hadn't been on it in quite a number of years. I knew that they were still going strong because of the magazine coverage. I was thrilled by what I found, as they have really moved the whole thing on with both modern and vintage designs, and wonderful layered stencils which give a photographic type image. You can of course buy all your necessary equipment there too, as well as books and courses. If you would like to check it out for yourself, here is the link http://www.stencil-library.co.uk. I have picked out some of my particular favourites.
I just love the way they have taken this quite traditional all over pattern, and given us the idea of incorporating a little decoupage image, such as 'the girl with the pearl earring' ...how novel!
Some patterns have quite a modern vibe.
Wouldn't this look so cool in a music room, or home cinema, or even in a little jazzy understairs cloakroom?
This one would be fun to paint on a desk top, and how about the liquorice allsorts in a pantry?
I hope that if you did not like stencils before, you may have a different perspective now. Wallpaper is wonderful , but sometimes so very expensive. Or you may have an awkward space that would be difficult to paper, or you just can't find the colours you want , stencilling might be the better option?
Thank you to all who kindly left comments on my last post. I do apologise for not replying individually, which I really prefer to do, but I have been a little busy with work. I hope to get around to visiting you all soon. Thank you too to my new followers, you are all very welcome! Wishing you all a wonderful 'spring equinox', things are definitely starting to spring forth here in Ireland, which is most welcome! Love Linda x