Have you seen our shiny new online magazine, Paint and Pattern yet? At Paint + Pattern we are as passionate about combining paint and pattern for DIY and home decorating as you are. Our goal is to inspire, educate, and empower you to use simple techniques with paint and stencils to transform your home into a special space-one that reflects your unique personality, tastes, and talents! Not only that, but we also share the latest trends in style, design and decorative paintings while trying to explore how paint and pattern interact with the broader world of art and design.
For all of 2014, Paint and Pattern intends to focus on a different country each month. We were inspired by the beautiful country of Africa for all of February. Here’s a peek into some of the most amazing stencil project tutorials shared by two of our extremely talented contributors, Debbie Hayes and Deb Trombley. These were shared on Paint and Pattern using Royal Design Studio’s African Inspired Stencil Collection as well as a few other popular stencils.
DIY’s by Deb Trombley of India Pied-e-terre
Deb is a decorator, global style DIYer, painter and photographer. She has a beautiful blog by the name of India pied-e-terre, where she shares her inspiration and the process for designing and decorating. Deb is now a regular contributor for Paint + Pattern, where she shares the most amazing DIY projects ever! Let’s take a peek into a couple of her How-To projects from last month.
Deb shared the steps for this beautiful afro-chic lampshade using Raven+Lily Tribal Stencil and Square Diamonds Moroccan Stencil. She scouted a plain off-white drum lamp shade and a wooden flower vase from her local stores to create this unique and gorgeous piece of functional stenciled art. To learn more about how you can create your own, see the full DIY post -Stenciling a Tribal Lamp: Can You Beat This Drum Shade?
In another project, she illustrates how to convert a cocktail table from drab to fab using reverse stencil technique in this amazing DIY - Learning to Stencil Backwards: How to Reverse Stencil Glass. She used the Marrakech Medallion Stencil and Royal Stencil Crème Paint by Royal Design Studio to create this beautiful conversational piece of art.
DIY’s by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky
Debbie is a marketer, photographer and a professional faux finisher with a degree in fine art. She shares her love for design and creativity through her blog ‘My Patch of Blue Sky’. Debbie is another creative and extremely talented contributor for our online magazine. Below is a glimpse into two simple yet beautiful DIY projects that Debbie created exclusively for Paint and Pattern readers.
One of the projects she created was this Chalk Paint upholstery up-cycled miracle using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and the French Floral Damask Stencil. It took her only a day to turn this otherwise old looking silk love seat into a unique, chic and sophisticated work of art. Are you ready to take the plunge into painted upholstery? See How to Upcycle Upholstery with Chalk Paint.
Debbie is all about upcycling things that can be easily found around the house. She created this project simply by using supplies that were easily found in her garage. She used Royal Design Studio’s Barka Flower African Stencil, Eight Pointed Starts Moroccan Stencil, Sun Flower Moroccan Stencil and the Elsabet Trellis Furniture Stencil to create a beautiful combination of three different wooden frames. Each frame has a unique look and character of its own. To learn more, check out Africa Chic! How to Craft Rustic Stenciled Frames.
If the above tutorials have left you craving for more DIY stencil project ideas, check out the links below to get inspired and to start your own little stencil project: