Attractive border stenciling can be achieved several ways. In this sample, a full color rendering works as nicely as does a monocolor sepia tint. Note the attention to edge detail, consistent light source and dimensional shadowing. To complement such foreground art, we have incorporated a special background effect known as a "color reactive" finish as compared to a conventional blended glaze.
One of the most elegant of all our finishes, there is a lot going on here. Over a blended glaze base, free form images are stenciled using precision techniques to guarantee crispness (note each grape's detail) and a consistent light source. The leaves are compound colored and veins hand painted. Finally, a glazed texture is applied reminiscent of plaster peeling over time, revealing wonderful artwork buried beneath.
In real marquetry, material, such as wood or ivory, is inlaid piece by piece into a wood surface in an intricate design or picture and veneered to another surface, especially of furniture, for decoration. In the “old days”, marquetry was accomplished by first developing a design and then translating it onto and into wood surfaces. Shapes would be scored with a razor and then stain applied between the scores. The cuts would act like a dam to keep the stain from running. Today, due to the advent of waterborne stains, we can use stencils to achieve similar effects. Consider as an inlay effect on furniture or as a border on a hardwood floor.
Example of the "glaze removal" style of stenciling. Application of glaze with plenty of movement supports the final faded in-and-out look. Image edges are purposefully not well-defined, but softened. A great look for a formal space or large area. The technique works equally as well with any allover stencil pattern.
A look surely to get praises. By combining raised stencil elements with a textured background (tissue paper) and delicately adding color to emphasize the embossing, this finish gives a formal boost. A wonderful solution for powder rooms, areas beneath chair rails, etc.
After developing a soft, smooth suede-like base, an allover stencil pattern is applied varying the color shading to inspire movement. Very inviting to touch.
This type of pattern is that of "occasional" stenciling, I.e. irregular placement and pattern of images. In fact, any symmetry detracts from the result. Consistent light source shading provides a very dimensional look. Overglazing helps tie together all elements.
Free form stenciling describes the method of custom designing and constructing the desired image. All elements, in this case branches, leaves and fruit are separate stencils. As a result, unless purposefully planned, each instance (image of a complete branch) can and should be different. Very realistic. Precision stenciling ensures accurate shading and consistent light source. For proper interpretation, branches should always emanate from an architectural structure or detail (wall/ceiling corner, molding, etc.). Blended glaze background enhances depth.
A very 3-dimensional finish. Based on the use of a multicolor woven Strie background, and dropped shadow and highlighted foreground shapes, the effect is to lift the stenciled images off the surface. Best viewed from several feet away, this finish works best in larger rooms and is welcome in formal areas. Works nicely in any color.
A very innovative finish. Looked at closely, notice that the stenciled image is actually the absence of color. It is the textured background that is color rich. Using a special technique employing water-resistant wax, the resultant image has a delicate, high-end impact.
Over a glazed texture, this allover pattern is applied using a faded blush technique whereby colors merged and flow with no discernible breaks. An impressive look that works nicely in larger dining rooms. In softer colors, can dress up a bedroom.
Samples of Status Faux's Stencil Designs.
Stencils and stenciling are no longer limited to childrens' spaces or wall borders. Through the use of precision "theorem" stencil processes, 3-dimensional patterns expand the depth of your walls' beauty. Whether an allover repeat pattern, or through occasional or free-form rendering, stenciling adds elegance to important surfaces. Consider embossed patterns using textured materials for an even more enhanced look and feel.