Tuscan Border Stencil
Classic Italian style border design
1 sheet border stencil
As seen in Italian Magazine
The Tuscan Border Stencil is based on a design taken from antique Tuscan ceramic tiles, which gives an authentic Italian style with a simplicity of rhythm when repeated as a border. The pattern also has eastern flavours.
Stencil with warm earthy tones to create a soft frieze of colour and pattern, or use blues, greys or greens for a cooler, elegant look. Or stencil in white or pale greys on solid bands of painted colour to create a tile effect border - as below.
Above - Tuscan Border Stencil in Ice White Stencil Paint on a chalky blue background with taped tile effect (see below for details of this technique). Below - two repeats of the stencil.
To create the tile effect the border is stencilled in single shades onto a solid block of colour, which can be further enhanced by using lining tape. To do this first place 1/4" lining tape 17cm (6 3/4") apart across the area to be stencilled. Then use Painting Tape or Wide Masking Off Tape to create a horizontal band 19cm (7 1/2") deep across the width of the area being stencilled. Paint the masked off area with two coats of paint - such as chalky blue, grey, navy or black emulsion (latex). Position the stencil ensuring that the break in the edge pattern of the border lines up with the lining tape (as illustrated top above). Stencil over the area, using a contrasting colour to the base colour. Remove the lining and masking off tape as soon as the stencilling is complete. Varnish with Acrylic Matt Varnish. The varnish can be tinted with a little Raw Umber Tinter to create a blended and aged effect.
See also the Manipur Indian Border and Gujarat Indian Border, as well as the Lace Border Stencil.
One layer border stencil approximately 36cm (14") wide by 16.5cm (6 1/2") deep. On a sheet 42cm (16 1/2") wide x 23.5cm (9 3/4") deep. See illustration bottom right for actual layout of stencil as it comes.