Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Stylish Stencils

Stenciling has been around literally since the cavemen. But these days stencils have moved beyond the caveman and Grandma's kitchen into the modern day. There are so many great sources for uber cool pattern repeats and just about every style you can imagine. When cost is an issue, I like to cut my own stencils. It's pretty easy to do, you just need a pattern and a good sharp exacto knife, plus the acetate sheet. I usually buy the blanks, they come three 8x10 sheets to a pack and I tape them together to get a nice big surface area to work with. Following, I'll show you examples of some of the stenciling I did around my own home, using stencil patterns I cut myself.
I stenciled this 'runner' on the concrete floor in my bathroom.


I stenciled this floorcloth in my living room.


I stenciled the fabric on the small settee.

I stenciled the pattern on the roman shade and the storage boxes.

And this stenciled pattern in the garden helps bring focus to a back wall. If you look closely, you'll notice the stencil used for the 'runner,' the roman shade and this outdoor wall are one and the same. You can achieve a lot of different looks with just one stencil.

 I'll stop there, but I could go on and on...! As you can see, stenciling lends itself to a wide variety of surfaces and applications. Whether it's floral, architectural, graphic, or whimsical, there is a stencil option for you! I strongly recommend you try it! Here are some great sources for pre-cut stencils:
http://www.stencil-library.com/
http://www.stencilease.com/
http://www.istencils.com/
If you have any questions, shoot me a comment and I'll get back to you.
And here is my latest style file segment which I talk about....what else? Stenciling!



19 comments:

All About Vignettes said...

Laura, you are sooo talented. I love what you've done in your home and the TV segment is super. I always love seeing your work.
Kathy

liberal sprinkles said...

wow you did a great job, that bathroom runner and fabric settee are gorgeous! I'm visiting from Girl Creative. have a great weekend!

Taylor said...

Wow!! The bathroom floor is awesome! You will have to do a tutorial on that!!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Looks amazing! I'd love to do this in a room in my house. You are right, there are some great all over stencil patterns available these days.

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

You are an awesome and creative stenciler! Thanks for linking up to Flaunt it Friday, I'm featuring you. Stop by and grab an "I was featured" button if you'd like. :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Hi, Laura! I am almost positive I remember seeing your settee featured on the Nate Berkus show. Am I crazy? ;) I LOVE the roman shade. Beautiful work!!

Thank you so much for linking to my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :)

HayesTone said...

Thanks everybody! I appreciate your comments so very much!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Hi Laura, I've enjoyed visiting your cool blog. I love your fresh perspective & fun projects. That floor runner is so awesome!

Warmly, Michelle

emilysnan said...

hiya , visiting form debbie doo's and am following you , your finished projects are great , tfs , i am going to have a look around your blog now x hope to see you at mine soon
xmaggiex

The Hopeless Romantic said...

Hi, visiting from Debbie's party. I remember ur bedroom from Nate's, right?! Anyway , i love all the stenciling uve done. Im thinking about doing a pattern on the back patio floor............Maybe ile just go for it, lol..........Bonnie

Judy said...

Wow, you are so good at stenciling. Everything looks amazing. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

Allison Nicole said...

I have to say you are 1 talented woman! I love everything you've done! Found you from Debbie's & am now a follower! I hope you will come over for a visit & follow me back! Have a great day! Allison@leomommyof4.blogspot.com :)

Kim said...

Love your blog - I found you at the Newbie party.

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

You are very talented and daring! We have different styles but I appreciate your eye and creativity. The color combination on the bathroom floor is very sharp. I'll be following you to watch more creativity unfold. Have a wonderful evening!I would love to have you visit when you get a chance.

Ann-Marie

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

You are super talented! And patient! Thank you for your kind comment about my Pope post. I am glad you were touched.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Love me some stencils...you are really brave and it all looks fantastic!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

I must have missed your link from the newbie party. Glad you joined. Next time please add my link so that others whom may not know about the party will:) Thanks.

Melissa said...

Hi, Laura

First off, I am so envious of you! You are so talented and creative. :)
I myself have a Moroccan inspired room and I'm trying to add some flair to the walls. I'm looking into stenciling them but I have a question. When you make your own stencils, how do you get the design on to your stencil film? Do you draw it on free hand? I found a design I like but it's too intricate for me to free hand it. I don't see how I can trace it on to the film. Just wondering what it is you do to get the pattern on the stencil before cutting it out with the exacto knife.

Thanks so much for your site. You've been a huge inspiration. :)

Laura/Hayestone/Design Share said...

Thanks again everybody! @Melissa, I nwould love to answer your question. Send me your e-mail address and I will try to anawer it for you! Thanks :-)
~Laura

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