In the past, I have done a lot of art journaling. The only trouble with art journaling is that they're often inside of closed books and not always visible unless opened. So, I looked for other opportunities to use my stencil designs on the things found at home so that they are more visible to anyone. I've come up with four examples: throw pillow, ticket roll bowl, backyard shed, and former fence post.
Stenciled Throw Pillow
I looked at one golden yellow pillow in the living room, and decided that it needs some updating. Not bold but subtle and needs to go with the other pillow with traditional motif. I used the right half of the Mixed Pattern Double Diameters stencil and applied Jacquard textile paint in two colors: yellow and goldenrod.
I had to be sure to use the masking tape with very low tack as I am stenciling on the velour fabric. Otherwise, I could be pulling some of the pile off the cloth. Instead of a stencil brush, I used cosmetic wedge to apply the paint to the fabric.
I like how the design turned out to be duotone depending on the angle and type of light shining on it. Stencil used in this project: Mixed Pattern Double Diameters.
Ticket Roll Bowl
Several years ago, I created a bowl from a ticket roll. At the time I was creating it, I didn't have any stencil or even any idea of what would be great for the brim. It has been sitting in the living room of my residence for a good long time, and I knew it needed something. After designing stencils for several years, I finally found one that I thought would be good for this bowl.
Ticket Bowl with Plain Brim
You can create your own using the ticket roll that can be purchased from a party shop or a stationery store. I used a ceramic bowl and placed it on top of it. I pushed it down carefully and shaped it a little bit at a time - it takes time and patience. I would then apply matte medium to hold its shape, and then later apply matte craft paint in dull green color on the exterior. The stripes on the sides were created by putting it on the lazy Susan, turning it while holding the brush against the bowl's side.
Bent Stencil on Brim
I bent the stencil on the brim and taped it down with masking tape.
I then applied the craft paint (Plaid FolkArt - Soft Apple), removed the stencil and move it to the next position.
Finished bowl. The stencil didn't match exactly at the end, so I left a little gap between the first stenciled image and the last. Stencil used: Right Angle Triangles and Rings
I have been working in the backyard quite bit lately, and looked at the drab grayish blue paint on the shed that my father built.
Former color (grayish blue)
I decided that I would paint it in green to blend it with the flora from the woods.
Then I thought about the stencils for the front.
Selected stencils taped on the wall.
I went through my own collection of stencils and selected six stencils for this project.
The three stencil designs in the Crazy Quilt series (Bold and Beautiful, Calm and Frenzy, Crosses and Rounds) are fantastic for this project - I don't have to worry about "lining" up at the top or bottom. For the Curvies Combo stencil, I started at the top and work down. For others depending on the pattern, I would either start in the middle or at the top.
Completed with six stripes of stencils.
Right side of the sliding door.
Left side of the sliding door.
For this project, I used a mixture of white and black gesso paint (Liquitex) to create a grayish color so that they don't pop out too much. It is recommended that a clear acrylic finish be applied to make them last longer.
Stencil used in this shed project: Bold and Beautiful, Calm and Frenzy, Crosses and Rounds, Floating Cubes B, Screw Heads Small, Curvies Combo.
I was taking down the falling/rotten privacy fence, and noticed that one post is in pretty good shape. I have been pinning a lot of garden totem pole photographs, and have thought about creating one on my own. I had a Eureka! moment - why not use the fence post as a garden pole?
The video below shows the step-by-step process that I used to create the garden pole.
Paints used in this project: Sherwin William's HGTV Home Showcase (100% acrylic - used at the top of shed - same paint used on the shed), Plaid Folk Art, Craft Smart Premium Satin, Blick Matte Acrylic, Ranger Dylusions and Liquitex Gesso (black & white). I used POSCA paint markers for lines and marks. For protective finishes, I used Krylon UV-Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating and Minwax Polycrylic (clear gloss).
For your convenience, I have identified each stencil used by name. The only stencil not available from is the one that I designed and made myself at my home studio.
Stencils used in this project: Post Memphis Collection (available for purchase by StencilClub Members only) - Alternative stencils: Chevron and Wheel Spokes Set #2 or Crossed Rounds and Squares.
I hope I have inspired you to find many opportunities to use the stencils more creatively for home décor & accessories.