Inspiration in Color and a little History too…
Damask Stencils sure are GRAND in just about any shape or form! I find myself constantly drawn to fabrics or wallpapers as inspiration for new stencil recipes. I love Damask stencils in particular because that they have a beautiful visual flexibility to really make a statement, be it elegant and tranquil or freshly funky and fun, they run the gamut style wise of creating a wonderful feeling…and you can cater them to your comfort and color liking. I especially enjoy these designs when paired with the certain artists who always seem to take creativity and design to the next level. Dare I say it ..AHEM …Melany Royals anyone?
Damask came to life originally in Florence, Italy in the early 1400′s. The methods were epically intricate with silk and praised for the showing of a reversed satin design. At that time, creating these detailed pieces was a top secret and anyone who was caught sharing the secret recipe was beheaded. GAWLS.. Perhaps I should stop writing…You guys wont behead me…right?…right? RIGHT!
Damasks later became mainstream in the 20th century…no more heads were lost. They began by making a statement in the textile linens industry but later becoming so popular that they because a staple for Victorian decorating. “Typically, in wall decor, a damask describes an all over pattern that completely covers the wall with an offset repeat of the same design. A wallpaper effect.” Victoria Larsen
I love a nice clean tone on tone Damask, but like I said I’m really drawn to some radical and funky finishes because of how striking a Damask can make the color. Try this DIY video on How to Damask Stencil your walls for those of you wanting to give it a go! would you rather read some instructions vs. watching a video? Creative Evolution has a lovely step by step article for you newbies!
Now… shall we look at some rocking Damasks or what?
Does it get any better that a bright color with clean white Damask? YUMMY!
Damask does not have to be the Victorian style which it most comfortable with… Look how this designer made a Damask by using a really clean allover oval shape. Or below, how suddenly paisley takes stage with this allover design? Are we getting inspired yet?
Yes Please! I would LOVE some pink paisley goodness in my kitchen or office. Why you may ask? Because I am a total color nut…and colors always seem to have a way of putting the biggest smile on my face!
What are your favorite Damasks? What do your clients seem to love if your a finisher? Do they tend to play it safe, or do you get the occasional bold color loving client?
Are you working on any new samples now? Questions, Questions people!!! I’m currently working on a bumble bee stencil, (think colors black and white only with elements of white for pop) . Where is your favorite place to order allover Damask Stencils? I prefer Melany Royals or WALLOVERS!!!!
Hope you are all having a beautiful week…and to learn about some of the beautiful things that YOU are doing with Damask Stencils. Happy Painting! lulu