FIRST SHOT: The stencils are too hard. They look spray-painted on. I was kinda yearning for a more faded look. (NOTE: The unpainted oddity to the left is the 1894 wallpaper discovered behind the radiator. The radiator will be reinstalled after all the painting is done,)
SECOND SHOT: Faded, yes. But too faded.
THIRD SHOT: Danger Will Robinson! Danger! Stencils OUT OF CONTROL!
FINAL SHOT: Ahhh. All is now well. The stencils now look (particularly in person) hand-painted, and each medallion varies from dark to light. The blue is an unexpected touch, as desired. Note the bit of picture rail, upper right.
FINAL SHOT: There is nice variation in the stencils; some are quite subtle and some are less so. And you can see how well everything works with the stained-glass, which has been the #1 consideration. I also wanted the stencils to complement the woodwork.
I am using six colors:
- Copper (metallic)
- Dark gold (metallic)
- Silver (metallic)
- Pale gold
The metallic colors shimmer and change as one takes a promenade* around the room. The effect is striking. Once the whole room is stenciled this effect should be kinda amazing.
Next week I will begin stenciling the frieze!
The ceiling will also have stencils but this will have to wait until I do some repair work on the plaster.
*channelling Jane Austin.