Tracing and recreating an historic stencil

Ault wharrie is a 1903 property by the architect George Walton built in Dunblane (Scotland) 

While being refurbished some design schemes were found on the walls in some of the rooms. some in very good state just needing some touching up and some almost destroyed in great need to be recreated. The photographs here come from the original drawing room which featured a scheme of flowered designs. 


To recreate the design there was a need to re organise the general pattern and I traced all the elements on a film cellophane then I traced each elements in great detail.

I then photocopied the various component of the pattern and moved them around till I found an element of rational. I then cut the film of cellophane with three stencils for each motif.

One this was done I was ready to get going !!! 


Painted furniture and craquelure 

Or the art of making something old look really old …

I specialise in shabby chic painted furniture, either distressed with rubbed out bits or with antique craquelure effect pieces. I always have on stock a few pieces but I will either source for you a piece following your description or I will paint/antique a piece you have found. If your piece of furniture is large I will work on site to avoid damage in transit. I will travel at no cost in the Glasgow area but further afield I will provide a cost for transport prior to work being accepted.

I can work according to your colour schemes or make suggestions. I mainly use Farrow and Ball, bees wax and antique varnishes and every piece will have been waxed or varnished for protection.

All pieces will be available for pick up at my workshop in the West end of Glasgow or carriage will be charged on top.

A pine chest of drawer with new “antique” handles and a mix of craquelure and distressed finish. It has been waxed with bee’s wax for lovely smooth finish.
This is a distressed finish, three colours, all water based emulsions applied roughly, then distressed with sanding paper in an irregular manner showing the colour below and hand waxed for long term enjoyement.
This is one shade of old white on top of old pine, distressed and waxed by hand.
This painted chest was painted with plain cream oiled based paint before being crackled with Gum Arabic and antiqued with pigments in turpentine/linseed oil. Varnished to protect the finish.
Detail of the painted piece showing the drawer, this shows the craquelure as well as the rough areas.
Family initials stencilled on top of the finish, this can be an efficient way to offer a more interesting final touch.

Glasgow style stencils available online on Etsy 

I offer a range of Glasgow styles stencils to allow you to decorate walls, fabric, etc… they are made of oiled manilla card as an authentic material from the 19th century and are available on search for thelansdownehouse and thelansdownehouseofstencils,  Check often new designs are added regularly