This is for anyone who wants to bring that original touch to the decoration of their home, or add something different to their own artwork.. You don't need to be 'an artist' to be able to enjoy and use this technique, but if you are it will add something a bit different to your paintings
A beautifully designed and well executed stencil is a thing of beauty. Be it on walls, furniture or fabric it can give your home, decorative item or artwork that individual touch. Modern or traditional, words or pictures in mono chrome of full colour, let your individuality and creative flair enhance your living space, with beauty and a sense of calm.
Decorative details are what interior designers relish and believe raises an interior to a professional level. Impress your personality on anything with the fabulous technique....more versatile than you may think.
Enjoy, love Nicola
If, however, you don't enjoy it and are not happy you can claim a full refund within 30 days. No questions asked.
If you are new to the Udemy platform, this is where you will find out how to find your way about.
A short film with a bit more about the course and me.
I keep my teaching presentations very simple and that's partly because I do my own filming and editing. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. However I go to great lengths to give you plenty of no frills content. All I ask in return is that you participate when possible and enjoy doing it.
The use of stencil in home decoration is nothing new.
What is a stencil and how does it work. This film shows you how a stencil operates as a 'mask' to stop paint from getting on a certain area of your chosen surface
If you have them try using ink pads. There's no problem about you getting the colour too wet using these.
I have used masking tape to keep my stencil in place. You can also use something called spray mount. Its a spray which will give what you spray a sticky surface, but you can lift and reposition the stencil as you wish.
Pretty essential if you are working on walls.
Picture of a can or spray.....how helpful is that. Available from art or office supplies
This film demonstrates the stencil process using acrylic ( water based ) paint.
If you want to stencil onto tin or a varnished surface and want to use oil paint, the same process would apply, but of course instead of using water to mix your paint you would use white spirit.
A picture of the stencilled heart
This video is taken from my 'Start WATERCOLOUR PAINTING EFFORTLESSLY, play & be creative' course. A well supported and reviewed course. If you would like to enrol contact me for a special discount code.
It's not just the letters which are important but also the spaces between to please the eye.
Do you want to jazz up a plain picture mount or cover a mark. Consider using a stencil?
For a bit of extra interest on a wall or decorative panel, try an embossed stencil. What other uses have you thought of, let me know.
Resources: a couple of photos.
Maybe you want to brighten up a plain roller blind or lampshdes,or add something different to a hand made bag or even apron. Stencils can be used with fabric paint. See how.
This can be a bit tricky to get your 'head round'. But these videos will help you look at the process in a way that will help you make your own stencils.
Photos of the print and my initial sketches
Follow the steps to create your first stencil.
This video shows the final stages of planning the design.
Don't be afraid to go back to the beginning and have another go if you are struggling to get it to make sense
If you are going to cut a lot of stencil, a hot knife is a good investment. You'll find them via you art and craft store or on line.
Start applying the paint.
Here are a few other ideas to get your imagination working.
If you wish, make your deign first and if you have any doubts whether it will work or not, send it to me to check. I'm always here to help and support you.
'What is Grisaille Nicola?' I hear you ask, This lecture will tell you and give you another idea about how you can use a stencil as a starting point for a decorative effect.
Here are some of the designs I have cut. I have either done them for myself or for a client. You are very welcome to print them off and cut your own stencil to use as you wish.
What a bonus
Don't panic if bits break off after lots of use. You can repair a stencil and this short film will show you how.
Acrylic paints dry out very quickly, which both annoying and can be a waste. So to avoid this create a pallet to keep them moist and it's cheap to do.
Why choose one of my courses?
Because, as a self taught artist I understand how a lot of people feel about their creative work, sometimes anxious, sometimes overwhelmed and often that it's not 'good enough'.
Well I will hold your hand as you overcome these fears as I offer a friendly, relaxed and sensitive teaching style.
Do one of my courses and you will feel as if I am in the room with you every step of the way.
Here's a bit about me.
I originally trained as a graphic artist, and then followed a different career path working in the national media, travel and public relations in both London and Paris.
After sometime I returned to my creative roots full time, so to speak, and became a full time artist, teacher and creative entrepreneur.
The artist bit means I have worked in a variety of media, but am currently splashing about with watercolours. I love the magic they make when the pigments play with the water. And if you let them do their own thing, it's even better.
I have also painted murals in a child's bedroom or around a swimming pool, covering everything from fairies to Tuscan views. Painted furniture with decorative effects and designs and given walls specialist paint effects and stencils. All fun stuff for the discerning home owner
The teaching bit involved me teaching a 'Decorative Paint Effects' section of an interior design certificate course at Kidderminster College, Worcestershire, UK. Here they studied paint effects for walls and furniture, designing and cutting stencils, Period design elements and produced sample boards.
Then continuing the theme of teaching I have also tutored on many private workshops in the above subjects plus decoupage, gilding and trompe l'oeil (trick the eye painting).
Now, installed in the south of France I continue with all of the above but adding on-line courses to my creative portfolio. Flexibility is the name of the game in today's world
I have exhibited widely in the area.
Recently I was invited to plan and teach a creative summer school, offering a variety of artistic subjects, at one of the leading camping venues in the area. So, you never know some of these subjects might pop up as one of my courses on Udemy
I have had work featured in a national 'lifestyle' magazine and on BBC Radio 4 and Central TV in the UK
Society of All Artists.
Living France Magazine