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

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

by Sandra Buckingham


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

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 on freeform 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781552094860
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 08/05/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents


  • 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
  • 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


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