Stencilling on a Grand Scale: Using Simple Stencils to Create Visual Magic

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To make a big impression, says stencilling expert Sandra Buckingham, you don't have to re-create the Sistine Chapel. Start small, she counsels, and the rest will follow.



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Now in paperback! -- 35,000 hardcover copies sold!

To make a big impression, says stencilling expert Sandra Buckingham, you don't have to re-create the Sistine Chapel. Start small, she counsels, and the rest will follow.



Buckingham's latest book "Stencilling on a Grand Scale" leads do-it-yourselfers beyond the realm of decorative borders featured in her best-selling "Stencilling: A Harrowsmith Guide" to a creative canvas whose limits are determined only by space, time and imagination. The key to her strategy is that a large stencilled work -- be it a door, wall, screen or floor -- can be the seamless sum of its parts. In other words, rather than using an expensive, unwieldy, multi-layered stencil to create a life-sized tree, use three 10 inch stencils of leaf clusters, laying and re-laying them to achieve the desired effect. The only limit to the ultimate size of the finished painting is the room you've set aside for it.



Whether you are fashioning a greeting card or a 40-foot mural, Buckingham recommends the same modest techniques. The methods used to faux-finish a wall -- a vine rambling up a corner, windows stencilled onto an actual door, a false shelf with flowerpots stencilled in an alcove -- can likewise be applied to furniture or folding screens and can be used on any scale.



A technical review of traditional and new stencilling tools is followed by a refresher course in basic stencilling methods, including stencil cutting, hard-surface stencilling, stencilling on primed canvas, overlays, registration and special effects, among them shading, shadows, plant detail and painting skies and landscapes. A chapter onfreeform stencilling, with and without masks, prepares readers for the larger-scale works that are the book's central objective.



Buckingham advises perfecting your free-form skills on less ambitious projects (lampshades, borders, placemats) before moving to grander subjects. By the later chapters, stencillers will be comfortable tackling everything from picket and wrought iron fences, lattice work, garden gates, French doors, veranda doors and curtains to paving stones, terra-cotta tiles, carpets, mosaic floors, stone columns, balustrades, terraces, garden walls and room dividers. As always, Buckingham's genius lies in inspiration, and "Stencilling on a Grand Scale" introduces a how-to-world that has no boundaries.


Author Biography: Sandra Buckingham is the author of Stencilling: A Harrowsmith Guide and the children's book "Stencil It!"


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Editorial Reviews

New York Times News Service
This is a book that belongs on any do-it-yourselfer's shelf ... it uses simple stencils to create visual magic.
—(August 13, 2000)
Library Journal
These three books look at decorative painting on a grand scale. Wrigley provides an overview of the art in her mostly inspirational rather than practical guide. She gives an international look at mural and trompe l'oeil painting in historical and contemporary settings, even including work by Rust. In his own work, Rust details his approach to trompe l'oeil by showing planned and in-situ projects that he has designed. He gives painting and planning advice as well as his sources for the inspiration of his designs. His book will be useful for experienced decoraters. Buckingham offers the amateur more detailed instructions for decorating walls, beginning with a review of necesarry equipment. She provides instructions for smaller projects before approaching larger-scale stenciling work such as painting mosaic floors and trompe l'oeil fireplaces, although stenciling is covered in better detail in Jane Gauss's Stencilling Techniques (LJ 5/15/96). While all are recommended where there is an interest, Buckingham and Rust should be the first choices for how-to collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552091432
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/5/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Buckingham is the author of Stencilling: A Harrowsmith Guide and the children's book Stencil It!.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
- The Creative Itch

Technical Review
- Starting Out
- Stencilling Tools
- Basic Stencilling Methods
- Special Effects
- Background

Freeform Stencilling
- Stencils as Building Blocks
- Basic Freeform Method
- Layering Without Masks
- Layering With Masks
- Composition

Starting Small
- Stencilling Without Stress
- Easy Freeform Projects

Focus on Flowers
- Expanding Your Repertoire
- Terra-Cotta Pots
- Hanging Baskets
- China Vase
- Vases and Flowers

Basic Structures
- Always Have a Plan B
- Porch Ralings
- Pickets
- Wrought Iron
- Lattice

Setting Limits
- Masterpiece Aspirations
- Making Murals Manageable
- Windows
- Doors
- Drapery and Curtains
- Windows with Curatins

Floors
- Underfoot
- Paving Stones
- Terra-Cotta Tiles
- Fake Carpets
- Mosaic Floors

Stone and Shadow
- Seeing is Believing
- Basic Stone Techique
- Fireplace Screen with Stone Urn
- Stone Terrace
- Stone Balustrades
- Columns and Dentil Border
- Faux Fireplace
- Garden Wall

Frankly Fake
- Quick, Easy and Removeable
- Bed Corner
- Blustrade and Potted Palms
- Folding Screen

Sources
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2000

    Escape to another world.

    This book shows how to make every room in your home a work of art. My room will be my Bermuda room with peaceful pastel buildings with white roofs, and the crystal clear water in view. My son will have King Arthur's castel with a dragon hiding around the corner. Imagination is unlimited with the techniques in this guide. A must for those who are tired of staring at white walls, or fighting with hanging pictures!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2000

    Absolutely terrific book! Well worth the price!!

    This is a wonderful book on stenciling and using stencils to create a trompe l'oeil effect. It is perfect for the beginner as it shows materials needed, how to shade properly, and even how to make your own stencils. You do not need to buy all those expensive overlays with this book! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is wanting inspiration or information on creating awesome visual effects in their home!

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