Tuesday, March 27, 2007

spring fever: stencil project


i've been really industrious at home, organizing and sorting like mad-- my version of spring cleaning. happily, i'm about ready to start one of the projects that i'm really excited about: stenciling a coffee table. I've never done this before, so it should be fun! Here are the components of the project that I've decided upon so far:

* white high gloss oil paint as background, black paint for image/letters.

* stencil will be hand-made by me, and extra large, by way of a projector.

* stenciled image will probably come from an antique book of mine from childhood, but could be something like this...

though i think i'm going to try for something a wee bit more simple. this ceramic jar from speller milner is inspiring me right now so much...:

i will update you-- should be done next weekend!

some of the stencil resources i've been using:
*how to make huge stencils using a projector
*AT's good question on stenciling
*craftster's comprehensive list of stenciling resources & info

(has anyone ever done a stencil project using a handmade stencil? would love to hear about it....)

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Anonymous frances said...

such a fun idea! are you going to seal it?

12:45 AM  
Blogger michelle said...

Ohh, so much fun. I stenciled a wall in my bedroom half way up to serve as a headboard. I created the design in Illustrator then printed it on card stock and cut them out with an xacto. I learned to use little paint, and do not use spray paint, especially if it is enamel or epoxy b/c they run, and it gets under the stencil. Dab the paint in small amounts with a sponge or brush, and if the pattern is a repeat, don't make to many at first, I had to go back and paint over about half of my stencils b/c there where too many, If you want to see the end result, check it out here:

You could also print your image with a laser printer so it uses toner, make sure to print the mirror image of what you want the image to look like on the table, and then transfer it using Wintergreen oil. It will be imperfect and organic but you can make it more complicated than a stencil...and then seal it.
Hope that helps, have fun with your project!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Phoebe said...

frances-- thinking about this, i guess i should seal it, though i don't want it to look shiny and varnished... hmm!

michelle, love your headboard: so understated and sweet. thanks so much for the suggestions... wd you share more about this wintergreen oil transfer idea? that sounds less labor intensive, and i love the idea that it might look "organic" and faded...


2:26 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

Check this link out: http://www.thimble.ca/?p=121
Use wintergreen oil instead of the blender pen, you can also use paint thinner or acetone, but those are toxic, as long as you don't drink the wintergreen, you should be ok. You should seal it with an indoor sealer, so that it doesn't turn yellow, they come in matte too :)
love your blog

8:56 AM  
Blogger Maryam in Marrakesh said...

This sounds like it is going to be amazing. Can't wait to see the result!

5:03 PM  

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