In an earlier blog installment I spoke regarding the construction of the porch panels (skirts) for the new front porch on our Second Empire Cottage. In this installment I will talk about the stencil phase of the project.
Stencilling is an easy alternative to creating a "fretwork" panel. Fretwork panls are created by taking a scroll or jig saw and cutting out a design. This design is then overlayed over the existing panel and displays the design. By choice of color this design can be subtle or bold. Cutting these fret panels is a time intensive proposition and in our midwestern climate it is very difficult to effectively seal and fuse the panels together in a way that makes them weatherproof. Stenciling is better alternative.
The design can be just about anything but popular motifs during the age were based on nature. These stylized 'motifs' were often based on popular furniture designs with flowers or geometic patterns. I looked through "Pallisers New Cottage Homes 1887" available through Dover Press, for inspiration and decided on doing a floral design.
The design was created in powerpoint by taking various common forms and shapes and combining them into a stylized flower. This was then printed out and the design was cut out using an exacto knife. The stencil was then laid on top of the panel and then "pounced" lightly with a stencil brush and then hand painted with a couple of coats of the light trim color.
The house number was also created in powerpoint with an Algerian Font (96 point) then saved as a jpeg and then enlarged further in my photo program and reimported back into powerpoint.
This was then placed on the center panel and painted in the same manner as the floral design. This gave us the opportunity to incorporate the house address in the architecture of the house rather than resorting to applied house number on a door.
Next Step : Installation