Hi Stencil Artists! As the new marketing director of Royal Design Studio, I have to admit that I am a complete newby to the world of stenciling. I am an HGTV addict and love home décor magazines, but I never knew there were these amazing stencil patterns that you can make even cooler with different decorative painting techniques! Instead, I was the frustrated shopper that could never find what I was looking for unless I spent WAY TOO MUCH at the stores. Now, that I see that I have the ability to make various home decor items on my own, I’m thrilled!
When I first saw Melanie’s amazing staircases in our office, I knew that I was going to fix the worn out varnish on my coffee table in my family room by staining a new stencil. But, when October quickly turned into November, my thoughts drifted to my Christmas shopping. See, I normally have a $3,000 budget for the holidays. A lot, huh? Well, it includes everything. From wrapping paper and Christmas cards to festivities, as well as our Christmas tree and of course presents. But this year, my husband and I are being so frugal because in May 2014 we are going to start house hunting. I needed to bring my holiday budget way down and that’s when stenciling gifts came to mind. After all, at the office, we have been talking about how great stenciling is for holiday decorations. So, why not stencil some holiday decorations and give them as gifts!
Now, the only thing left was overcoming the intimidation factor. My boss, Melanie Royals, makes everything look stunning and with seemingly little effort. Me? I create marketing campaigns not beautiful decorated crafts! Well, there was only one way to start, right? Jump in head first. So, with less than $30 worth of red and green taffeta and flannel fabric from JoAnn’s, I was able to use the following materials from Royal Design Studio:
- $15 Embroidered Start Moroccan Stencil
- $17 Victorian Grillework Stencil
- $8.95 Antique Gold Stencil Crème
- $8.95 Pearl Oyster Stencil Crème
- $4.75 ½” Stencil Brush
Bringing my grand total of 10 gifts to $84.65 + tax or about $10 a person! So, I have my supplies, now it is time to take a deep breath and start stenciling. I purposely did not getting any coaching from Melanie. I simply watched her during her Hometalk for the Holidays on Google+ and copied what she did. I knew I was going to blog about this and I wanted to have the full experience that you had. And guess what? I DID IT! Yep, it was that easy. As Melanie said in the video, the trick is to off load extra paint onto a paper towel. I also lined up the easy-to-use registration marks. And that was it! I ended up with some very professional looking designs that even impressed my husband.
Then I chose to sew my taffetta to some felt for a nice backing to the table runner. This was also my first time sewing. My girlfriend and I had a sewing party and she let me use her Husqvana Viking for the project. Have to say, I’m also a big fan of that too. It was so easy to keep my seams straight and it never caught once on 10 table runners.
I was ridiculously impressed with myself when I saw the finished product and I can’t wait to surprise my family with their gifts. They won't believe that I did it myself. But to be honest, what I’m most excited about is that it looks like my days of endlessly shopping for the perfect item is coming to an end. Now, I have the confidence that I can make it and it is going to come out great!
Here are more holiday gift ideas for you!
- Wrapping It Up with Stencils!
- Stenciled Lace Pillows to Give AND Keep!
- Crafting a Great Stencil Gift
Next up, coffee table. Do you have a suggestion on which Royal Design Studio stencil I should use for my coffee table?
Question: What do you get when you combine a passion for design, a chic design aesthetic, and a desire to create products that have a positive impact in the world?
Answer: Raven + Lily: Empowering Women Through Design, a socially conscious lifestyle brand.
Founding partners Kirsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin share a close friendship and passion for fashion and ethical design. They created Raven + Lily as a platform to help to alleviate poverty among marginalized women around the world through an artful collection of “on trend” fashionable accessories that are designed to make a difference in lives of the women who craft them.
Each stylish piece of jewelry, article of clothing or chic home décor item created for Raven + Lily is not only handmade, fair trade, and eco-friendly, it is created with passion and purpose!
Seeking out partnerships with global women’s groups (currently Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, and the United States) to create employment opportunities for marginalized women, they identify not only the women’s potential skill sets, but also what local materials are available to them that can be easily resourced:
- Their Ethiopia Collection features statement jewelry pieces crafted from beads made from melted bullet casings and vintage silver coins.
- Their Cambodia Collection includes eco-friendly bags and apparel made with hand-loomed, natural-dyed, and remnant materials.
- Their India Collection features gorgeous recycled cotton papers, hand-carved wood journals, metallic leather jewelry, and hand-milled natural soaps
- Their USA Collection currently features hand-poured soy candles, infused with incredible scents of the woodsy outdoors or tropical fruits, empowering formerly homeless women in Los Angeles.
Through these efforts, the women and their families receive access to a safe job, sustainable income, healthcare, education, and a chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Now, through an exciting design partnership, Royal Design Studio introduces our latest exclusive Designer Stencil Collection: Raven + Lily. We are very excited that we can collaborate in this way-not only to introduce Raven and Lily’s chic design aesthetic to our own customers, but more importantly to promote their mission to create a positive impact on the lives of marginalized women and children around the globe.
Inspired by the Romantic African themes, patterns, and color palette of Raven + Lily’s forthcoming Spring 2014 new product product release, the collection introduces 8 new patterns that have been re-imagined to create stencils that highlight the natural beauty that is common to Africa: tribal motifs, stylized plumes, organic geometric shapes, and delicate feathers. These new ‘Afro-chic’ stencils have a decidedly Art Deco vibe that makes them perfect for both feminine and masculine wall pattern looks depending on the chosen color application. Several of the stencil designs are also offered in a smaller scale making them ideal for furniture and home accessory projects.
The Raven + Lily stencil collection will be sold exclusively via the Royal Design Studio website and 20% percent of the net sales will be donated to Raven + Lily which they will use toward the Tirzah International initiatives in Africa.
This is only the beginning of this creative partnership between the two companies! Look for more new products, stencils and collaborations in 2014!
Shop the Raven + Lily Stencil Collection now and let us know what Raven + Lily stencil is most inspiring to you? Tribal motifs, stylized plumes, organic geometric shapes, or delicate feathers? All of them is also a great response!
As December is quickly approaching, Romantic Homes shares one of our fool-proof DIY stencil projects that will inspire you to deck the halls with golden glamour! When that holiday decorating craze sweeps our homes each year, it's easy to get caught up with excessive shopping and spending. But why go through all that trouble when you can make fabulous decor yourself? Set a one-of-a -kind, sparkling table setting that will have your guests talking all year.
By following these simple "How-To" steps, you'll have a flawless reproduction of our tablecloth - with time to spare before the holidays! The show-stopping piece you see here is created with our popular Fleur de Lace Stencil. But feel free to make it your own by choosing a stencil pattern that resonates with your personal style. Apply it to a plain white tablecloth with gold, metallic paint like Royal Design Studio's Bright Gold Stencil Creme and watch as it brings out a warm glow, filling any dining room with soft, glimmering light.
Handmade gifts for the holidays are the best to give and to receive! We recently had a phenomenal chat about stenciled holiday presents at the Hometalk Google+ Hangout and lots of great DIY gift ideas for the holidays were shared along with some super, snazzy stencil tips. One of the guests on the hangout was none other than our friend, Brittany, of Pretty Handy Girl. She shared a stenciled & dyed scarves project that had us swooning over how chic and easy-to-create they were.
First thing that Brittany did is gather her supplies, which included Rit Dye and both our Small Peacock Fancy Stencil and the Small Printed Indian Paisley Damask Stencil. Both are from our Furniture Stencils Collection and so they are perf for small crafts and projects. Brittany likes to share ideas on how to be thrifty while still making quality gifts and so she suggested purchasing low-cost white scarves and dyeing those as opposed to the more expensive colored scarves available. Great thing about stenciling is that it works well on both surfaces!
When stenciling on fabric, it's best to keep the surface as taut and stationary as possible. In fact, take a look at our Fabric Stenciling Basics for some good key tips. If using an allover design like Brittany was, the registration marks make it easy peasy to continue your chosen stencil design flawlessly. Of course, if there are areas on the stencil that you wish to block from the fabric, you can simply tape over them before stenciling!
With a stencil design, you can also have artistic freedom! Once the pattern is stenciled, take an artist brush and hand paint another color in a standout area of the stencil design. Here, Brittany used a shimmery gold metallic to accent the eye of the Peacock Fancy Stencil design while keeping the quill and plumules a soft white.
How fantastic do they look?? It's the perfect gift idea for the fashion-forward in your life and it is genuinely one-of-a-kind. Please be sure to check Brittany's Stenciled and Dyed Scarves tutorial as she also shares the process for creating an ombre look with the dyes. PLUS! We have a bonus for you...
Jennifer Carroll's online magazine, Celebrating Everyday Life,is always reminding us to appreciate the little things and this December issue, she does this by welcoming us into a world of stenciled-winter bliss! Using the Parlor Lace Stencil from Royal Design Studio, Jennifer creates the most magical table setting, a Winter Wonderland tabletop full of holiday cheer!
Believe it or not, there is actually a very simple process behind Jennifer's DIY stenciled table runner project: Beginning with a thin layer of Royal Design Studio's Pearl Oyster Stencil Creme on a stencil brush, she removes any excess paint onto a folded paper towel to avoid smudging and smearing. Then with a soft, circular motion, Jennifer paints over the Parlor Lace Stencil, resulting in the beautiful snowflake effect you see above. The negative spaces really POP, while the earthy tone of the original craft paper table runner compliments the decorative gingerbread houses. The lacy white details capture this festive time of year in the most charming, heartwarming way.
Check out Jennifer's amazing magazine spread above - her imaginative stenciling is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit!
Most of us love to decorate for the holidays -- but who has the time for a complete design overhaul? We need fab decor elements that not only seamlessly transfer from everyday design to holiday design but also enhance the overall look. Luckily, Royal Design Studio Stencils can help do just that! In fact, we're going to show you how a stenciled fabric project from Kristin of The Hunted Interior helped her take her home's chic, contemporary style to glittery, glam holiday sizzle without skipping a beat.
Kristin Jackson is an Interior Designer with a background in Hospitality Design. The girl knows how to put a beautiful space together and exactly what she needs to do it! Being a "sucker for spots", she had an idea for spotted drapes but realized her favorite fabric line was discontinued. She contacted Royal Design Studio and expressed her pattern desire. "I voiced my need for a spectacular spotted stencil and not only did they agree to create one, we were able to play with the spot design and make them a little more animal-like versus ovals," she gushes. The result? The gorgeous Cheetah Spots Wall Stencil, a wonderful addition to the Allover Ethnic Stencils Collection.
Picking up white Ritva Drapery Panels from IKEA, Kristin mixed black acrylic craft colors with textile medium to stencil in the design. Adding textile medium to the acrylic paint not only strengthens the bond with the fabric but also softens the "crunch factor" regular paints can have on fabric. We also recommend our Stencil Creme Paints which are soft, opaque and permanent on many surfaces, including fabrics. Kristin hung her four stenciled drapery panels which added to the serious "Wow!" factor her home's design already exuded. Don't you just love her style?? Be sure not to miss her DIY Spotted Drapery post!
We're still smiling from ear to ear as we read all THREE Royal Design Studio features in the Winter 2014 Issue of Studios Magazine! When our friend, editor Linda Blinn, reached out to us this year, we jumped at the chance to once again be a part of her inspiring publication. Alongside "exploring the creative lives of artists & makers", Studios Magazine shares wonderful organizational tips for artists. If you haven't had the chance to become familiar yet, pick up a copy of Studios Magazine online or at Barnes and Noble and get the deets on some fun studio projects - like our Stenciled Moroccan Canvas Art How-To, for example.
And feast your eyes on the open floor-plan of Peinture Studios, a unique store and workshop curated by Deborah Waltz. We LOVE seeing our Ancanthus Trellis Stencil dancing across her vast concrete floors, adding just the right amount of character and detail.
The Moroccan Stencils painted by Royal Design Studio's group of traveling artists, aka "Peacock Painters" will forever make our hearts flutter, but these photos of past trips to Marrakesh look especially gorgeous on the pages of Studio Magazine. From floor to ceiling, 100% passion goes in to our work, so we couldn't be more pleased to see others enjoying it! Linda Blinn also shares the origin of our annual stenciling adventures with Maryam Montague so beautifully. Interested in going on an life-changing painting retreat? Email us! We have a trip in September 2014 to Venice, Italy and are already taking reservations for trips to Morocco in 2015!
Many thanks to Studios Magazine, we appreciate all the kind words and can't wait to see what you come up with next!
Don't forget to take a look at Royal Design Studio's feature from the Fall 2012 issue as well!