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Beginning with the simple stencil — a template that lets you easily create a painted shape on a surface and allows you to repeat the exact pattern wherever and as often as you wish — renowned stenciler Sandra Buckingham literally transforms the world around her. In The Complete Stenciling Handbook, she teaches us to do the same.

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Overview

Beginning with the simple stencil — a template that lets you easily create a painted shape on a surface and allows you to repeat the exact pattern wherever and as often as you wish — renowned stenciler Sandra Buckingham literally transforms the world around her. In The Complete Stenciling Handbook, she teaches us to do the same.

A compendium of the latest techniques, tools, equipment and materials, Buckingham's book presents innovative methods and products that have taken stenciling from a rustic craft to a breathtaking art form. To get us started, she deftly explains the differences between latex and oil paints and simplifies the murky world of additives, matting agents, glazes, spray paints, wood stains, binders, solvents and thinners and finish coats. Suggestions on how and when to use applicators such as brushes, rollers, sponges and airbrushes as well as a list of easy-to-find miscellaneous equipment and an insider's discussion of color selection and color properties build a solid base upon which to proceed.

With infectious enthusiasm for her subject, she explores the full range of stenciling styles and techniques that have emerged over the past 15 years. Chapters on shading, paint effects, traditional borders, all-over patterns, freeform stenciling, projection stenciling, imitation textiles, architectural elements, fake marquetry, glass and ceramic tiles, floor treatments, and lettering and stenciling on fabric and paper complete an impressive tour of this magical world.

A self-taught stenciler, Buckingham possesses a natural curiosity and confidence that will persuade readers, whether beginning or expert stencilers, of the simple joy oflearning and creating.

About the author:

Sandra Buckingham is the author of the bestselling Stencilling on a Grand Scale, as well as Stencil It!: Kids Projects and Stencilling: A Harrowsmith Guide, all published by Firefly Books.

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Editorial Reviews

Judy Walker
This is a "wow" craft book. Buckingham gives beginners clear directions for basics and proceeds to subtle tricks.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Library Journal
Stencilers who have mastered techniques in beginners' books such as Rebecca Carter's Stenciling for the First Time will be ready to tackle the more advanced exercises here. Buckingham (Stencil It!) provides a sourcebook of methods and materials for stenciling on walls, ceramics, leather, or textiles. Unusual techniques include damask (simulated fabric), impasto (built-up design), and faux moldings. There are step-by-step instructions for techniques but no separate projects. The excellent color illustrations throughout make this a basic source for the craft. Highly recommended for all types of crafts collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Forth Worth Star-Telegram - Meda Kessler
If you are creative and are looking for a spark to jump-start some projects, Sandra Buckingham's big book of stenciling is for you. Her techniques are nothing short of amazing.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Nancy A. Herrick
The book lives up to its title... but goes beyond that by offering ideas on masking, shadowing, and achieving a variety of special effects... take a look at this book. It no doubt will inspire you.
CanWestNews Service - Joanne Hatherly
Detailed instructions... packed full of inspiring photos.
Gulport Sun Herald - Pam Firmin
Color photos throughout the book on every topic enable the reader to visualize each process.
Miami Herald
Explains pretty much everything about the craft.
Indianapolis Star
Abounds with designs, color photos and instructions.
New Orleans Times-Picayune - Judy Walker
This is a "wow" craft book. Buckingham gives beginners clear directions for basics and proceeds to subtle tricks.
Booklist - Barbara Jacobs
Rare as that may be, Buckingham's fourth book is, indeed, the ultimate reference for stenciling ... A useful source for any level of stenciler.
San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles
Buckingham demystifies stencil applications so that even a beginner can capture the creative magic of stenciling.
Knight Ridder Newspapers - Mary Beth Breckenridge
Takes readers step by step through the process of creating dozens of designs. The possibilities are wide ranging.
Vancouver Province - Jeani Read
A great gift for stencil fanatics of any level, as Buckingham is known for her common-sense instructions as well as her extraordinary designs.
Los Angeles Daily News - Barbara De Witt
If you're up for it, the celebrated stenciler will teach you every faux fashion trick in the decorating world.
Cottage Times
Buckingham's considerable knowledge on stenciling combined with the numerous color photographs makes... an informative, easy-to-use guide.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - June Mills
Well-written and filled with marvelous illustrations, the concepts and instructions are easy to understand... I haven't seen a stenciling book quite this good; it encompasses everything that would normally have to be found in several books. Buckingham did a beautiful job, making projects accessible to novices and professionals alike.
Calgary Sun - Jennifer Lee
Proves one of the oldest decorative crafts can still create amazing design effects in the modern-day home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552096383
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/3/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Buckingham is the author of the bestselling Stencilling on a Grand Scale and Creative Cards and Wrappings as well as Stencil It!: Kids Projects and Stencilling: A Harrowsmith Guide, all published by Firefly Books.

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Introduction to Chapter 1: Before You Start

In its most basic form, a stencil is a very simple tool: a template that allows a precise shape to be easily painted on a surface and the exact pattern to be repeated wherever and as often as you wish. Templates made of tin, leather, paper and other materials have long been used by people all over the world to create painted decoration. For hundreds of years, the methods employed by stencilers changed very little -- one would apply a small amount of paint through the opening in a template, stipple it out evenly, lift the template and move on.

Twentieth-century technology changed many things, and sooner or later, it was bound to affect even the humbler crafts, such as decorative painting. True, painters still climb ladders, dip their brushes into cans of paint and wipe stained hands on their overalls, but they have a dizzying array of specialty materials and tools from which to choose. It doesn't matter that few of these products were developed specifically for stenciling; like most creative people, stencilers are always on the lookout for new ideas to adapt to their own uses.

Although this project began as an updated revision of my book Stencilling: A Harrowsmith Guide, I soon realized that the whole field of stenciling has changed so much that a mere revision wasn't going to be enough. So I decided, instead, to start from scratch and adopt more of a textbook approach to the subject. This would allow me to include not just the nitty-gritty of how to use a stencil but also enough information on materials and related issues to make this a useful reference book and sourcebook. I have tried to organize the subject matter so that both beginner and expert can find what they need without having to sift through sections which may not be relevant to them at the time.

The Complete Stenciling Handbook is not the place to look for creative inspiration in the form of finished rooms and projects. Rather, it is meant to be a source of methods that can be applied wherever inspiration leads. There are bound to be some new materials I have overlooked and some traditional methods I have missed, and for that, I apologize. The range of topics here was already large enough that by the time I started working on the final chapters, I had trouble remembering what I had covered in the initial ones. We finally had to draw that line in the sand and finish the book.

For all the topics touched on that are not directly concerned with stenciling itself, my comments are necessarily abbreviated and should be considered more of a nudge in the right direction than a comprehensive treatment. For more information on these topics, please see Further Reading.

If you find this chapter hard to wade through, skim over it, picking out whatever information you need for the time being, and jump right into the good stuff by grabbing your paints and trying out some of the methods described in subsequent chapters. Just remember that the information is here whenever you need it as a reference.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Chapter 1: Before You Start
- Tools, Equipment, Materials
- Paints
- Wood Stains
- Clear Finishes
- Applicators
- Miscellaneous Equipment
- Color
- Backgrounds

Chapter 2: The Basics of Stenciling
- Cutting a Stencil
- Making a Basic Print
- Single Template
- Overlays
- When to Use Overlays
- Masks
- Layers of Stencils and Masks
- Damage Control
- Cleanup

Chapter 3: Light and Shadow
- Shadow and Light
- Form Shadows
- Highlights
- Cast Shadows

Chapter 4: Special Effects
- Broken Color
- Faux Stone
- Damask
- Embossed Leather
- Impasto Methods
- Plaster Examples
- Textured Examples
- Layered Pattern
- Heavy Metals
- Distressing
- Outlining
- Hand-Painting

Chapter 5: Traditional Borders
- Guidelines
- Registration
- Spacing and Corners
- Borders as Frames (for windows, doors, panels, furniture)
- Impasto Borders
- Creative Borders

Chapter 6: All-Over Patterns
- Powdered Ornament
- Diaper Pattern
- Guidelines
- Corners
- Stripes

Chapter 7: Freeform Stenciling
- Layering Images Without Masks
- Layering Images With Masks
- Composition

Chapter 8: Projection Stenciling
- The Stencil
- Preparing the Surface
- Transferring the Pattern
- Stenciling the Images

Chapter 9: Imitation Textiles
- Woven Texture
- Flat Textiles
- Draped Textiles
- Textile Characteristics
- Borders / Accessories

Chapter 10: Architectural Elements
- Faux Moldings
- Carved Deocorations
- Faux Panels
- Stonework
- Plaster Decoration
- Columns
- Latticework
- Gingerbread Borders
- Windows
- Fences and Balustrades

Chapter 11: Faux Marquetry
- Real Wood
- Faux Wood
- Faux Stone (Pietre Dure)

Chapter 12: Faux Tiles
- Terra-Cotta Tiles
- Glazed Tiles
- Glazed Tiles Antiqued With Crackle Finish
- Faux Tiles in 3-D
- Mosaic Tiles

Chapter 13: Glass, Ceramic Tile
- Etching Glass
- Painting Glass and Glazed Ceramics
- Gold Leaf
- Impasto Stenciling
- Faux Stained Glass and Cloisonné

Chapter 14: Under Foot
- Stenciled Floors
- Faux Rugs
- Floorcloths
- Sisal
- Hooked Rugs

Chapter 15: Fabric Stenciling
- Materials and Preparation
- Basic Stenciling
- Stenciling Fragile Fabrics
- Stenciling Yardage
- Devoré
- Discharge Dyeing
- Sun Printing
- Katazome
- Embroidered Stenciling

Chapter 16: Lettering
- Composition
- Letter Stencils

Chapter 17: Paper
- Painted Paper
- Leafed Paper
- Embossed Paper
- Etched Paper
- Cut Paper

Sources
Further Reading
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2005

    Takes stenciling to a whole new level

    This truly is the complete book on stenciling. Buckingham has dozens of ways to use stencils - from walls to fabric. The book is particularly good for the advanced stenciler. A beginner would also appreciate the book but may need to practice a bit before handling some of the more complicated techniques (the directions are geared for someone already familar with stenciling). Very inspirational!

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