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A production size JA45 Mokko Repeat stencil lies on the packaging desk awaiting despatch to Africa.
Extra pattern repeats have been adedd to help decorate a floor quickly. I think it is going to a night club. Versions of this stencil seem to have flown to all corners of the world and I often see it on Pinterest. If you have photos of your own Mokko stencil project we would love to see them. Here are a few from our archives.
Here it is stencilled with varnish onto a painted wall then used again in black onto gold.
I like this idea of the interior being the main feature of the wardrobe, the photo came from Easy Living magazine. I have decorated the insides of drawers, closets and cupboards for clients and for myself, it is a joy to find the unexpected decorative details although few people will ever see them.
There are more photos of our Mokko Repeat stencil on our Pinterest pages.
This image came from an Australian magazine via our partners 'down under' at The Stencil Gallery
JA45 Mokko is one of our Japanese style stencils, it is versatile and popular so there must be a few of our readers that have stencilled with it...we'd love to see pictures.
Come with me to the annual Bywell Arts Festival, it is a very short walk from The Stencil Library.
We'll walk down our drive and over Bywell Bridge, the light is rubbish for enhancing the view from either side of the bridge this morning but it will give you an idea of where this place is.
Turn the corner into Bywell....
and we are almost there. The cakes are being unwrapped, early birds are buying plants, I bought several but more were arriving.
Already the car park is filling. Original paintings are hung in both churches and there are a selection of prints for sale. I am tempted by one of Stocksfield in the snow. My mother is tempted by one of tree roots
There is a good mixture of professional and amateur painters, some only show at Bywell and some create work especially for the weekend. Most are from the surrounding area. I am not showing this year but my husband is.
Bywell is tiny, there are two churches, St Peter's and St Andrew's, a handful of beautiful old stone houses and a castle. The Arts Festival weekend is a rare chance to see both of churches open. There is free entry and plenty of parking. #BywellArtsFest is open today until 4.30 and tomorrow from 11. Tonight there is a concert by Prudhoe Communty Choir and there are tickets from the central store in nearby Stocksfield.
Bywell on Tyne, Stocksfield, NE43, Northumberland.
Stenciled stair risers can enhance the appearance of a staircase without implementing structural changes.
This week I received a couple of pictures of a staircase that an overseas customer had stencilled with border stencil IN41. She and I exchanged email messages to make sure that the stencil was sized for a perfect fit on the stair risers. We enlarged this one to the required measurement.
The customer had prepared plywood facings for each stair so that she could stencil a flat surface and then attach the facings to the stairs rather than lie or sit on each step to decorate them (as I do).
This is a clever way of decorating stair risers and was a sensible option as she had not used a stencil before. I think the results are excellent, the stairs look fresh and interesting, she has picked a traditional border design but because of the colour combination the effect is contemporary. Thank you Mr & Mrs Brown. You did a great job and thank you for sending the pictures.
Soon I will be redecorating the arts and crafts style dining room at Stocksfield Hall. At the moment I use the room as a venue for stencil classes and as a painting studio more than I do for hosting dinner parties but I will re-decorate and re-stencil with entertaining in mind a rather than creating a purely functional space.
Three of the walls carry the stencil design DE76 it is a repeating pattern of birds and bamboo, we used a combination of household paint and copper leaf to colour the stencil. Panels of copper transfer leaf were stencilled onto the lower half of the room and I stencilled DE155 a lily flower onto it. If the paint does not adhere properly it may be that oil from your skin is present on the metal leaf. Simply add a tiny bit of soap or dish detergent to the paint and try again.
The pattern on the fireplace wall is DE83 and I stencilled the same pattern onto the velvet of the table runner. I used a handful of colours on the wall and blended them in a fairly haphazard way for a soft and informal look. A post published on DesignInspiration in 2007 showed and described how to stencil the walls, floors and fabrics to create an Arts & Crafts look similar to the one at Stocksfield. Inspiration for our stencilled room included The Morris Room at the V&A Museum cafe.
I have bought furniture from the local charity shop to house the stencil supplies for our classes as well as dinner plates and glasses. I will be sad to paint over the decoration in the dining room but excited to create a new interior.
The floors were affected by a flood six years ago and that is the main reason for the re-do because the paint is chipping away in areas.
The main thoroughfare through the room is traversed many times because it is the route from the kitchen to our office. Originally more layers of varnish were applied to that area of floor and as a result it has held up better than the less trodden places. Chips and I are discussing plans for the new decoration, nothing is formalised yet but I think that I'll make stencilled mirror to set into the window surrounds which should boost the light from both sun and candles. I have employed this stencil and gilding technique in other rooms.
I would like another richly patterned, stencilled floor or an ornate, painted ceiling....maybe both!
Last month I spent a few days in Florence, Italy.
I passed this window several times on my way home. It is the window of Luca on the Via de Serragli. Luca sells furniture, oddities, fragments and paintings. I love this set of counter and four cabinets from an 19th century apothecary and thought that you might too. Luca is found at Via de Serragli 16Rosso 50124, or http://www.lucaworkshop.blogspot.co.uk/
Whilst it would be nice to jet off to New York City to see the latest exhibition “China Through the Looking Glass” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, unless Mr E wins the lottery, it is not going to happen. So I ordered the book instead. It just arrived. What utter gorgeousness! Possibly one of the
most drool worthy books ever. I admit, I am biased. I love Chinese style, especially the Shanghai look of the 20’s and 30’s that was influenced by the Westerners that flocked to the city to experience its heady delights. Combine art deco and Chinese imagery and I am in heaven. This is exactly the sort of
combination I intend to use in my dining room when I can get around to decorating it. Finding references in books or film is an ongoing passion of mine. There is nothing worse than a disappointing book and nothing better than something that exceeds expectations. This beauty falls into the latter
category thankfully. The exhibition explores the influence and reaches of Chinese style in fashion, art and film. It is so easy to see why it is so influential: the colours! The patterns! What was once terribly exotic is now at once familiar and thank goodness for that. Had we not had the gall to explore
the limits of the globe all those centuries ago, we would have lost a wealth of outstanding decoration for fashion and interiors and more. The book has an extensive bibliography and filmography. I can see my Amazon wish list getting bigger. I collect piano shawls, robes, vintage Chinese tunics, cheongsams and
more. My house is full of vintage Chinese items – mostly chinoiserie, the European interpretation of Chinese style. One of the most coveted wallcoverings has been, for centuries, Chinese handpainted wallpaper. So much so, we designed an extensive range of stencils to create the look yourself. I
intend to give these panels my own interpretation in my Chinese deco dining room. It is a scheme that has been stuck in my head for the best part of two years and the only reason I haven’t launched into it is because the dining room needs a bit of building work first, but it is the room I am most excited about
decorating. This book has me all fired up again (but unfortunately it won’t make the building work happen any quicker). If you are in NYC any time until mid-August, visit the exhibition (and tell us what it was like). I am sure it is a feast for the eyes and mind. If not, order the book, it is entirely yummy too.
Aspire to the principle, behave with virtue, abide by benevolence, and immerse yourself in the arts. -Chinese proverb
Photography in the book by Platon. Photographs of the book by Stephen Egglestone,
Welcome back to the guest bedroom story. Just to recap, the walls were painted lilac, the woodwork and ceiling black. The stencil, art deco border DE296, had been chosen and was to be stencilled in black with green and orange accents. The carpet is grey and there is an art deco rug in green, orange, black and grey. The furniture is made of honey coloured wood with ebonised bands...Come on in....
The stencil is a border which is not my usual choice of type of stencil (I tend to prefer all over repeats). But I wanted to do something a bit different in this room and this particular border allowed me to be a bit creative. The stencil sits just under our painted coving. Because of its tile-like look, I could run the border vertically as well as horizontally which I did down one side of the chimney breast for some added detail.
The orange and green accents only show up occasionally and randomly throughout the border. The other addition we made was to add our initial “E” every so often throughout. I had a single letter "E" made to the same size as the border. It is from 305 Modern Alphabet.
It is a bit of fun on our part and a reminder that guests are staying at Egglestone Manor.
It only shows up once on each wall so is quite subtle.
The stencilling took less than a day and something quite extraordinary happened. When stencilling a border, we always recommend that you start in the most non-visible area in a room as you will never finish perfectly. In other words, there will always be a seam where you finish. I chose the right side of the chimney breast as my starting and finishing point as once the wardrobe was in place, you would have to crane your head around the corner to see the stencilling.
The other good place to start and finish is above the doorway. To my absolute astonishment, the stencilling finished repeat perfect to the millimetre. That NEVER happens. Despite 6 inward corners to stencil (which are always fiddly), the fact that the room is not perfectly square and there is a chimney breast protruding on one wall and I threw in these random “E’s”, the stencilling is seamless. You cannot tell where I started or finished. Luck was with me that day and I should have immediately run out and bought a lottery ticket, but I didn’t.
This was an exciting room to put together. It is probably because I was a bit unsure as we were working on the room. It felt better than usual when we started to put everything in place and see how well it was working out (not to mention a relief). Luckily I had measured correctly and the furniture tucked in neatly. The dressing table doubles as a bedside table. On ebay, I found two 1970’s chrome mushroom lamps which have a deco look.
I love Clarice Cliff Bizarre Ware pottery from the 20’s and 30’s but the prices are astronomical as she is so collectable.
However, I did have some vases that were made in the same era, obviously copying the look, and they work just as well.
I found a wonderful ottoman with very art deco stepped detail. I love that it is so worn.
The original art deco curtains that I had originally hung in the living room even though they were too small, now hang here and look much better for it. The size is perfect for the window.
I found a geometric patterned net curtain (needed for privacy) and as it was cotton, I could dye it black (with Dylon Machine Dye) which is more in keeping with the colours of the room.
This painting is called "After Peploe" and I bought it at the Bywell Arts Festival a few years ago.
This painting was found on ebay and is from the 1920's. I added a few vintage clothing pieces (you know I cannot resist) and the room is complete.
The only thing I would still like to do in the room is either find or make a fitted bedspread as I think it would look better in this room (the eiderdown could come out when the room is in use and it is chilly).
Although I am not sure I have the skill to make a fitted bedspread, it is a good excuse to head to the fabric shops and have a look at what is out there if I cannot find the right vintage one.
So there you have it. We finished just as the garden was starting to take off and need our attention. All in all, it only took 6 weeks from priming and painting through to completely finished which is quite good going for a complete overhaul. I think it helped that a lot of research and planning had gone on beforehand so that when we were ready to start, almost everything was lined up. It also helped that we had a long Easter weekend and a bank holiday weekend which gave us a few extra days. And of course, I couldn’t have done it without the help and patience of Mr E. It is handy to work on something with someone else, but we were careful that we were not always working in a small space together at the same time. Things remained quite harmonious, thank goodness, and we are still friends.
All photographs by Stephen Egglestone
It has been a while since we had a complete room overhaul to show you, but now we can reveal our new guest bedroom. No longer is it a storage locker or general dumping ground. Now we can have people to stay over and not make them climb over mountains of stuff to get to the bed (it was not at it's worst in this photo. It did get to the point where we couldn't even walk into the room).
But before I reveal all, let us start at the beginning.
This is the room as we viewed it before we bought the house. Like most of the rooms in our house, it had artex textured plasterwork all over the walls and ceiling. It is a small room at only 12 feet square with a window on one wall, a door on another and a chimney breast on the third wall.
Our first task was to chisel all the artex off the walls and take up the carpet. We did find the original wall colour underneath which was a rather bold deep coral colour. The walls would need to be replastered though as they were still quite rough.
You can just see the faint hint of a stepped panel painted in a slightly deeper colour on all the walls. The floors would have been painted around the edge with a large rug in the middle back in 1935.
My plan was to create a very cubist and geometric art deco scheme, pure modernist. It is hard to find references of original art deco interiors, but I used the excellent book: The Invention of Chic: Therese Bonney and Paris Moderne as my main inspiration.
After much deliberation and staring at 100 colour charts,
we chose the secondary shades of purple, green and orange with black thrown in. I must admit that I struggled with this scheme. I don’t know why. Maybe I was over thinking it or over researching it. Maybe it was because my research led me in one direction, but my budget and what was available didn’t always fit or follow the same direction. We did have to furnish this room from scratch so here was my opportunity to buy authentic art deco furniture. But the budget and small room size collaborated to limit what we could do. I settled on a dark lilac colour for the walls (Crown Paint’s High Society) because I knew it would set off honey coloured furniture best, having definitely decided that I wanted a paler wood furniture in this room rather than dark.
By this time I had found, quite by accident, an authentic art deco rug that happened to be green, black and orange with bands of gray. It was obviously meant to be. It has issues and could one day do with restoration (hence the reasonable price tag), but it is fine for now. I definitely wanted to stay away from curves with this scheme and this rug was perfect as it is all lines and rectangles.
As the rug only covers about half the room, we did need to carpet the floor. The wood flooring was just not good enough to leave alone even if we painted it. I wanted velvet carpet which has a very tight, low pile. I decided to go for a concrete grey colour. It had to be grey, not silver, but Dior grey and stay looking grey regardless of the light. I took home about 8 samples of grey carpet. It was amazing how the light changed them. Some ended up looking positively beige, green or lavender in different lights when I got them home and yet they had seemed perfect in the shop. After much deliberation, I chose “Silver Birch” Prestige by Westex purchased through Dickinsons of Hexham. A couple of weeks later, they came to install it. My heart was slightly in my mouth. I had been so specific about the colour. The carpet fitter decided to employ carpeter's humour by telling me I had chosed an lovely shade of blue carpet as he was unloading the roll from his van. I don't think he quite realised what a sensitive subject it was given the number of hours I obsessed over the minute differences between shades of grey. Luckily it was perfect, in every way. The colour was spot on and the carpet is just gorgeous. Well worth it and it will last forever. As this room is lightly used, I should never need to replace the carpet even if the walls change.
I really struggle with woodwork colours. As per tradition, everything in our house was white when we moved in. We went for metallic gold in our living room and the same dark gray as the walls for the woodwork in our bedroom. In the end, black seemed the best choice for the woodwork and from there, we decided to paint the ceiling black with a black coving effect.
I employed one of Chips', the designer at The Stencil Library, techniques for painting woodwork. If you live in an older house and the edges of the woodwork are a bit ropey because they might have 100 layers of paint or the walls might have been replastered (like us), using low tack tape, mask off between1-2 centimetres onto the walls.
This is above the skirting board and around door and window frames. It is a bit of a job with a spirit level and tape, but it is worth it. Paint the woodwork and carefully up to the tape.
When the paint is dry, remove the tape. This gives you a nice neat line and disguises all the rough areas that meet the wall. It really does smarten everything up.
We found original art deco furniture on ebay that was very square with ebonised black bands. It included a large wardrobe, linen cupboard and dressing table. The size and style fit the room perfectly and matched the bed which had come from another shop on ebay.
We chose a geometric border stencil and had it made at double the size. It is DE296 from our Art Deco stencil range. It was chosen because of its echoes of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mayan revival/textile block houses from the early 1920’s in LA, specifically Ennis House, Millard House and Hollyhock House
and the artist and designer Sonia Delaunay's geometric fabric pattern prints,
both influences on the look I was aiming for. If you like her style, see the Sonia Delaunay exhibition at the Tate on until August 9th.
On a side note, these FLW houses were referenced in the apartment design of Harrison Ford’s character in Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner”, one of my favourite films.
The stencilling was to be done in black with touches of orange and green.
Now all the building blocks were in place. I didn't want to write too long a post and can be a bit of a tease, so to see how it all comes together, look for part two.
All photos by Stephen Egglestone except the paint charts (Helen Morris), the Delaunay scarf (photographer unknown), Millard house (photographer unknown), and the photo from Blade Runner.
Last year I was honoured to be invited to participate in Salon.
The Salon began in 1992 in Belgium with a small gathering of professional painters of decoration and has seen attendance grow for most of the years since. The Salon is now recognized as the most important and significant gathering of international decorative painters in the world.
The Salon is hosted in a different country each year, last year was Seattle, USA and this year it will be held in Lecce, Italy.
It is a unique event and a great opportunity to discover the world decorative painting. The public is invited to experience the quality of work present and meet the masters of their craft. A finished piece of work is submitted to Salon by the artist and then recreated before an audience of their peers and public. Each piece is created specifically for the event. My photos show some of the panels exhibited at Salon last year. There are more at Salon's website.
The Salon 2014 was hosted by Cathy Conner of Studio C, Seattle, Washington. The venue was a gorgeous old ticketing hall close to the railway station. People wandered in and out observing and chatting to the artisans. There were around 80 participants from all over the world demonstrating gilding, wood graining, marbling, trompe l' oeil and a host of other decorative skills onto a metre or so of canvas. I was the only one to travel from the UK and the only stenciller. My stencilled art deco style panel was bordered by works from Japan and the USA, the theme for Salon 2014 was Industrial Elegance or else something 'inspired' by Seattle.
There were panels featuring Pike Place Market, rain and coffee amongst other subjects.
Each year participants paint together to create a mural which is donated after the event.
Last year there were two murals and I stencilled a background for one of them using a wave stencil from our Japanese Style collection.
My panels for Salon 2015 are painted and are ready to travel to Italy with me this weekend. This time I am going with a friend and I hope to post from The Stencil Library's Instagram, Twitter or FaceBook page whilst there.