Tracing the Past
The stairhall niche will be primed this week!
Then I plan to create a facsimile of the original frieze and ceiling paper via stencils. As there is almost no wall surface below the picture rail (it’s all doors and windows and trim trim trim), recreating the original wall paper pattern is not an issue (at the moment).
For several weeks I have been in touch with the Stencil Library in the UK. They have conditionally agreed to create custom stencils for the original ceiling pattern (easy) and the original frieze pattern (not so easy) and the original wall pattern (also not easy).
To start, they asked for meticulous measurements of the original patterns, of which remnants remain.
I started this but soon realized the absurdity of the request as the patterns have so many differing things to measure. I then thought: Hey! Trace the patterns!
I purchased tracing paper and sat on the floor of the upper stair landing where a large horizontal section of 1894 wallpaper exists.
I traced and traced and traced. Geez, this was not easy.
Then I recalled that I had a section of the wallpaper framed and hanging on the wall!
The frieze and ceiling patterns will have to be done on ladder. Poo.
I understand that a stencil will NOT recreate what was there in 1894. Rather, I am hoping for a kinda sorta somewhat facsimile to tide me by until at some point I can recreate the original papers. More homage than recreation. The main medallion will likely comprise several stencils, one overlaid upon the other, to recreate the 3-dimensioanl effect of the original medallion. And the Stencil Library emphasized that I will have to do a lot of hand shading. Eek.
In short, not for the first time I am embarking on a project with no clear understanding of what the finished product will look like.
But no one has ever accused me of lacking faith.
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