Sometimes when I paint and stencil a piece of furniture it is because I want to sell it, other times it is to try out new stencils or techniques and sometimes it is for a feature in a magazine.
When I began working on this IKEA step stool it was simply because I wanted to stencil something! I had been busy with other stuff for a while and had missed working with my stencils. A couple of therapeutic hours spent in the studio was a real treat.
I am a big believer in the mental health benefits of working with your hands to make something. My brain becomes totally absorbed in what I am doing when I stencil a piece like this and my children know to cough loudly as they approach the studio at the end of the garden, in order to prevent me from jumping out of my skin.
The best outcome of this project however is the fact that my teenage daughter actually loves it and now sits on it each morning to apply her pre school make-up. A very big honour! It is the only piece of my furniture which she has accepted into her room and believe me I have offered many of my creations.
For this project I used the Neemrana and Rajasthan Border stencils with the Purbeck Stencil paint.
Top tip: If you are thinking about stencilling your own IKEA step stool, I would recommend that you paint, varnish and add the stencil pattern before you assemble the pieces. This makes it so much easier to add the pattern to the bottom step and avoids having to push the stencil into tricky corners.
I have been meaning to create a YouTube channel for so long, it’s been one of those things on my mental list which never quite makes it to the top. For some reason this morning though, it pushed it’s way right up there and so whilst eating my porridge I signed up and uploaded my first video, which I am sharing here on the blog. A good start to the day!
This little film shows how to create an ombre effect using one stencil, two pots of paint and two stencil brushes. The trick to creating an ombre effect is to use very little paint on the tip of the brush and to blend, blend, blend.
Apply one colour to the bottom third of the stencil and the other colour to the top third, overlapping the colours in the middle third. Using a circular motion with the brush gently blend the colours to create a lovely soft gradation.
I used the Jaipur Stencil here, which is an Indian inspired motif , but this technique works equally well with repeating patterns.
Now I have actually created the You Tube Channel I will be adding lots more videos with demonstrations and tips for stencilling.
I am often asked how to stencil around a corner. There are several methods and it also depends on the stencil you are working with.
Here is a really quick video from my Instagram account showing how to stencil a mitred corner with the Neemrana Stencil. Simply fold a piece of paper to a 45º angle and mask the corner on both sides.