In the Arts & Crafts tradition, decorative stencilling -- on walls, pillows, draperies, or furniture -- is made accessible and fresh with these classic stencil patterns from the height of the Arts & Crafts period. Using time-tested techniques and your favorite colors, you can apply decorative stencil painting to every room of the house. There are plant and flower patterns for the kitchen, formal ornaments for the living room, animals and bugs for the family room, little children and ducks for the nursery, and sea life for the bathroom. Or mix them up any way you want to suit your taste and decor.
This treasure trove of Arts & Crafts stencil patterns is based on articles originally published in The Journal of Decorative Art. When W. G. Sutherland first published this book in 1910, it was intended for the professional decorator. But today's do-it-yourselfer has skills way beyond the imagination of Mr. Sutherland in the early twentieth century. Even so, the turn-of-the-century methods described here are thorough and give an excellent background in the art of stencilling for ornamental detail.
In addition to discussing the supplies and preparations necessary to get started, Sutherland shares trade secrets for managing the corners, applying continuous borders and friezes, and working up ceiling treatments and "allover" patterns -- all the while working efficiently and quickly.
This is the perfect companion for a bungalow update or for a contemporary Arts & Crafts-style home.show more