Ah, how I love September. I’m sad my children will be going back to school, but we do love looking through the stationary aisles at the shops together picking out new things. We can wander around there for hours. One can never have enough journals and notebooks! I’m constantly jotting down ideas, making lists and doodling design ideas. So, with that being said, I thought it would be fun to take some of this stationary and stencil Moroccan patterns in moody metallics. These metallic hues are perfect for the cooler temperatures that autumn will bring. Here’s what you need to recreate this look:
- Unadorned Notebooks, Magazine Holders, Journals, Clipboards. I found mine at Target, Ikea and Michaels.
- Royal Stencil Cremes by Royal Design Stencils (Antique Gold, Antique Silver, Aged Nickel, Pearl Oyster and Copper Kettle were used)
- Royal Design Studio Mini Craft Stencils: Primitivo Lace, Tribal All Over Craft Stencil, Unwoven Allover Extra Small Wall Stencil, Eastern Lattice Craft and Furniture Stencil, Tribal Border Craft Stencil
- Stencil Brushes from Royal Design Studio
- Paper Towels
- Delicate Surface Tape (optional)
- Java Gel Stain by General Finishes (used for staining the magazine holders)
Stencil Planning and Techniques
Start by holding up your stencils and making a loose idea of what you want to do and what colors you want to use. The great thing about these patterns is you can mix and match them and it gives a cool boho look.
Line up your stencil on the area you want to stencil, hold in place with hand or secure with delicate surface tape and then apply the stencil creme.
Lightly dip stencil brush in the Royal Stencil Crème paint and then offload the excess on a paper towel (have plenty of towels on hand because you’ll go through quite a few!). The mini tribal border series are perfect for notebooks and clipboards because they can be applied any way: vertically, horizontally, or repeated as stripes.
The Eastern Lattice Craft Stencil is stunning stenciled in Antique Silver Stencil Crème over a black journal.
When stenciling, swirl your stencil brush in a circular motion over the stencil. Carefully remove your stencil once you’ve applied the Stencil Creme. Clean the stencil as needed (too much paint build -up can cause bleeding under the stencil).
The Royal Stencil Creme dries quite quickly and it is easy to move right on to the next area or the next bit of stationary.
The magazine holders from Ikea were bare wood, so stain was applied to give a richer look.
To apply gel stain, use a brush and work in sections, one side at a time. Use a clean rag to wipe off the excess stain immediately before moving to the next area. DO NOT wipe off all the stain.
When wiping use the dry side of the cloth, folding cloth or getting new ones when needed. Once dry continue with the project. Gel Stain has a protective coating built in, but you could also use a polyurethane on top for added protection. Add Gold Antique Stencil Creme on the interior and allow to dry.
Then stencil your pattern. One magazine holder is stenciled with the Primitivo Lace Craft Stencil and the other with the Unwoven Allover extra small stencil. For these repeating stencil patterns you will need to line up the stencil with the registration marks (built into the pattern) to make the stencil pattern repeat continuous.
Allow to dry (which won’t take too long) and then your stylish stenciled stationary and desk accessories will be ready to use!
These patterned pretties are perfect for back to school supplies, to give as special gifts, or to keep in your own fun and creative home office.
I’m doing my office over this month so this was a great starting point. The little D vintage stencil was from my friend Michelle over at Birch Paper and Home.
All of these will definitely find a home in my new office. In fact I couldn’t wait, I’ve already started to use these boho chic beauties! More stencil and DIY ideas coming your way soon courtesy of ideas written inside!