Draw, cut & paint stencils with style & download my designs
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Draw, cut & paint stencils with style & download my designs

Design, cut & paint a stencil, effortlessly. Modern or traditional, for walls, furniture & fabric & let your talent show
3.9 (8 ratings)
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  • 5 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
Learn how to design and draw workable stencil motifs
Feel confident in selecting the best materials for the job
Use stencils when painting your pictures. Why not ?
Be able to shade and create three dmensional effects
Feel comfortable using a sharp cutting tool
Feel confident cutting with a hot knife
Learn how to avoid common mistakes
Apply the paints like a professional
Add a unique touch to your home decorating
Become your own decorative artist and interior designer
DOWNLOAD some of my designs for free
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  • A stencil brush about 1cm or 1/2 inch in diameter
  • Some smooth plain paper, fairly thick
  • Some paints, water based I advise you at the beginnin
  • Some stencil card or plastic from which to cut a stencil

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who wants to add an individual touch in their home
  • Decorate beautiful gifts for friends and family
  • Make money by decorating old and new items for sale
  • For anyone who wants to 'make over' a piece of furniture
  • Add a special touch to plain fabric
  • Add something different to a mixed media canvas
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Curriculum For This Course
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How to find your way around this Udemy course
3 Lectures 02:13

If you are new to the Udemy platform, this is where you will find out how to find your way about.

Where to find your downloads, ask questions etc
3 pages

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.

Preview 02:13

How this course came about a bit about what you can expect to learn
1 page
Let's start at the beginning
1 Lecture 00:00

The use of stencil in home decoration is nothing new.

Impress everyone with your knowledge about how it all started
1 page
The practical stuff, what you will need
1 Lecture 05:01

A short film to show you what you can use and also giving you a few tips.

Preview 05:01
Start stencilling
9 Lectures 41:46

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

Use a positive and negative stencil

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

Stencilling using ink pads

This film demonstrates the stencil process using acrylic ( water based ) paint.

Oil 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

Using acrylic paint

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.

Using watercolour paint

It's not just the letters which are important but also the spaces between to please the eye.

The way to space letters

Do you want to jazz up a plain picture mount or cover a mark. Consider using a stencil?

Preview 03:18

Decorate a picture mount with a stencil - part 2

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.

Embossed stencil

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.

Stencilling onto a lampshade
How to design your own stencil
6 Lectures 29:34

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

The stencil design process - part one

Follow the steps to create your first stencil.

The stencil design process -part two

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

The stencil design process -part three

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.

Cutting the design with a hot knife

Start applying the paint.

Now stencil the little cherub

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.

Now it's your turn. Have a go at converting these images into stencil designs
3 pages
Take you stencilling to the next level
2 Lectures 02:05

'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.

From stencil to Grisaile

So what have you discovered about stencilling
3 questions

FREE stencil design from me to you
2 Lectures 00:08

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

FREE downloadable designs cut be me.

FREE downloadable borders for you to play with
2 Lectures 03:17

Don't panic if bits break off after lots of use. You can repair a stencil and this short film will show you how.

How to repair a stencil.

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.

Preview 01:00
About the Instructor
Nicola A Blakemore
4.4 Average rating
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9,180 Students
19 Courses
Professional Artist, Teacher and Creative Entrepreneur

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.


Painters Online

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