This past Friday I was so incredibly excited to have my talented friend & fellow Portlander & artist Anna Joyce over to my home. For weeks now we’ve been planning to spend the day together experimenting with one of the techniques from Anna’s brand new book (out TODAY!!) called Stamp Stencil Paint: Making Extraordinary Patterned Projects by Hand. The day finally arrived and Anna came over with baskets of supplies, including two linen table runners and all the supplies to adorn them with simple, modern stencil designs. Stenciling is just one of many, many techniques in Anna’s gorgeous new book (see the beautiful bag and pillow below for more examples of the beauty inside the book).
Anna Joyce’s approach to design is super relaxed and, as she says, “rooted in the belief that we should live with color and pattern every day.” Anna is inspired by vintage fabric, folk art, shapes in nature, and exciting new color combinations. The book covers project on ready-made surfaces like fabric, ceramics, paper, leather, furniture, walls, and more. Easy clear directions make this book even more amazing.
The entire process (and list of supplies) for the stenciling project from the book that Anna and I played with are all outlined in Stamp Stencil Paint. This blog post is not meant to be a tutorial! I highly recommend purchasing the book for clear directions on this and many other stamping stenciling and painting projects.
I had never stenciled on fabric before, and I had no idea that products exist just for stenciling, including sticky stenciling paper, which is like a clear contact paper.
I decided to create a simple, clean, repeatable vine design on my linen table runner (which Anna sewed and brought over). I drew the center of the vine as a four inch “line” which I repeated down the center of the table runner. Then I drew a leaf design which I repeated down each side (I created two, one each going a different direction).
The sticky stenciling paper is magic! You can use it over and over by lifting it from the fabric and re-applying it gently. I used blue Jacquard fabric paint (of course!) which dried quickly and wasn’t a horrible mess. You use a little foam “stamper” (and not a brush) to apply the paint to the fabric inside the stencil.
That’s beautiful Anna below on the left. There was a lot of laughing and story telling as we stenciled. It’s a great project to do with kids or friends! It was low-stress and made for a really relaxing way to spend several hours. I don’t say that about all craft projects!
Anna made a beautiful table runner too, pictured below on the left.
After I finished applying my design to the runner, I ironed it to heat set the fabric paint and then placed it on my dining room table. And voilà!
You can purchase a signed copy Anna’s new book here in her Etsy Shop, here on Amazon or in your local bookstore. Would you like to meet Anna? She is going on a short book tour (which will include activities and tutorials from the book) in Portland and New York. If you live near or in either of those areas, you can find out more information on dates, locations and times here.
Have a happy Tuesday, friends! And thank you to Anna for teaching me something new!