Stencilling Mackintosh workshop

Glasgow rose stencil border
Glasgow rose stencil border

This workshop takes place in the fashionable West end of Glasgow, only a stone throwaway from the Mackintosh House at the Hunterian Art Gallery and the Mackintosh church.

During that day you will learn to cut and apply one (or two) Glasgow style stencils in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh to several background … wall, fabric etc…

The day will be full of discovery and practice but you will also be welcomed with coffee and home baking and a home made lunch in a traditional Glasgow tenement flat. A true way of discovering the Glasgow way of life.

The cost for the day is of £65.00 and includes all material, tea/coffee and lunch. It starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm

To book email me on or book directly on Eventbrite using the link below.

Look around you… Get inspired… or how to use your home sources to design a stencil !

One can think designing a stencil is a difficult task, that to achieve that you must be a designer and have a lot of technical skills and that can be true. But I want to show you here that you can find inspiration around you to extract designs that will make a beautiful stencil you can use to adorn your house.

For this special design I used an old book cover for inspiration. Off course you have to be very careful with copyright regulations specially if you are going to use your design for commercial purpose but if you use your chosen design in a very different way and you transform it quite a bit then you should not be worried to break any rules.

 My book, i purchased in a car boot sales many years ago I have always had something about “The coral island” and I have many copies around the house from different publishers all pretty old and some with a great cover. So this one was printed by Blackie Publishers in Glasgow at the turn of the century and was offered to a David by someone called Bertha for Xmas 1917. I did not read this copy but I bought it because of the floral design on the cover and that was before a became passionate about stencils.

In this instance I just simply photocopy the cover blowing it up by 3 and extracted the design in the middle of the whole motif to create a single motif that I have been using on cushion covers, borders and even allowed some of my friends to borrow it as this design can only afford to be applied a few times through a scheme.

The important point is to have a design which is very stylised and can offer many separate parts so that when you cut it out it does not fall through.

I leave you to be the judge, I think something could be done with the outside border too… what do you think? I might have a go at some point.

 So… do you have any books/print/packaging/ etc… you could turn into a stencil? Off course it does not have to be old fashion some very modern designs can make stylish stencils too.

If you design something good then please take a photo and email it to me on I love seeing my pupils’s inspiration.

Take care

Betty xx

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