Thursday, October 6, 2022

Monet's Garden Collection from Cathy Nichols

Like the other stencils in my Monet’s Garden collection, this piece is inspired by Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny, France. Monet was an avid collector of Japanese art and furnishings, and this stencil is Cathy's take on one of the oriental rugs that Monet scattered about his home. The rug has a tulip design to echo the gorgeous tulips that bloom every spring outside of Monet’s home. This 9x12 stencil works well as a full background pattern, or you can highlight elements of the pattern with a contrasting color– like the butterflies or tulips -- to add complexity to the design. 

This stencil is inspired by the famous blue and white tiles in Monet’s Kitchen at his house in Giverny, France. These iconic tiles have inspired designers throughout the world who want that quintessential “Country French” look on their walls. Cathy used the original tile as inspiration for her design but re-visioned it with butterflies to give the stencil a modern twist.  This versatile stencil is perfect for adding a touch of French flair to a mixed media background for paintings and in an art journal or when creating collage fodder.  

One of the first things visitors see when they enter Monet’s home is the striking yellow and white patterned floor in the entryway.  Cathy used that pattern as inspiration for this stencil, and it looks wonderful when you layer yellow over white acrylic paint or use any two colors to create an instant French accent to any painting. Because Monet loved flowers, this pattern also works really well as a background for mixed media florals.

This stencil is modeled after the floor pattern in Monet’s famously bright yellow kitchen.  The original design was burgundy and yellow, but you can use any two colors to add an instant touch of French charm to a painting. Cathy loves layering this pattern with florals or alongside others in this collection because, together, they create a whimsical feeling that evokes Monet’s impressionist style. You can also turn this stencil 90 degrees, add another color and end up with an argyle design! 


Because Monet loved all things Japanese, he also had several Japanese poplar trees in the gardens surrounding his water lilies. Cathy wove an array of poplar leaves together in this stencil to create an all-over pattern that you can layer along with other natural elements in your mixed media paintings. She especially loves using this stencil with two shades of contrasting green!

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  1. What charming examples of the ways you've used these stencils! Thank you, Cathy!

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! I found Monet's house and gardens so incredibly inspiring!

  2. I so enjoy these patterns and your luscious colors! thanks, Diane

  3. I'm so intrigued by how you did that jacket. It's fabulous. What kind of product do you use?


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