This month’s installment of our Stencil Star series features the beautiful works of Mississippi-based artist, Teri Taylor Roddy of Patina Home. She frequently uses Modello Designs vinyl wall stencils and patterns and Royal Design Studio Stencils in ever-creative ways for multiple surface projects, such as ceiling, furniture and canvas art stenciling and also within her decorative paint finishes. Her love of design, color and pattern enables her to incorporate stencils in many of her unique and special projects.
The ceiling in the above image is 37’ long by 18’ wide and was finished with metallic plaster and gold leaf. Teri explains,
We worked with the artists at Modello® Designs to get the custom stencil design and size just right. The ceiling is asymmetrical so we had many angles to consider. The stencil was in three layers and each layer contained about 28 pieces. My assistant and I completed this in three weeks”.
This is a custom Modello® Designs dining room ceiling medallion stencil (OrnCen174) finished with multiple colors as well as gold leaf. It matches the pattern in my client’s antique Parisian china. Note that there is also a large mirror that has gold leaf stenciling around the border with an arched lion at the top.
What draws you to Stenciling?
I am an old soul and should definitely have been born in another era. I have always been drawn to ornamentation. As a classically trained artist and Interior Designer, stenciling made it possible to create the ornamentation or pattern I was going for without the time involved in free-handing it. This opened up the possibility to work within budget for many more clients.
Stenciled and etched window lets light in and allows privacy. The client didn’t want to use drapery and we used the Modello® Designs AchPan121 Window Panel Stencil as the solution.
How do you determine which pattern will work for your project?
Research and time invested in getting to know my client. I live in the historic city of Natchez, Mississippi and we boast over 1,000 structures on the National Register. Our properties date from the late 1700’s to the Antebellum and Victorian era as well as modern day construction. In my “period” projects, much research is done to make sure the work I will be doing will be authentic (if that is the desire of the client). I’m lucky in that as much of my work is on a grand scale in beautiful historic structures, but since I was raised in San Diego, CA, I also understand the aesthetic of the casual elegance that many clients are looking for in new construction. My favorite projects are those that incorporate a bit of both.
The doors were originally painted white. “I did a faux bois treatment on them and felt that they still needed something,” Teri shares. “The gilded stencils were the perfect compliment. The two door glass stencils and the transom glass stencil are all Modello® Designs Stencils and were gold leafed.
Please share your top Stenciling tip with us.
Think outside of the paint jar! I use plasters, metallics, leafing, foils, beads, jewels, wax and anything else I can get my hands on to stencil with. I’m a tactile person and when I walk into a space I touch everything. A fabulous fabric like nubby silks paired with wood that has depth, the cool feel of metal and so forth. I think a good design incorporates many different tactile elements and a good stenciling project does as well. I often mix three or four different kinds of mediums in one stenciling project.
Teri creates many stenciled finishes by thinking outside of the paint jar! Starting from top left, clockwise: a) Metallic Plaster and gold leaf with crystals and a piece of jewelry. b) Encantada Damask Stencil painted with three colors. c) Red foil and a Modello® Pronto Stencil placed on an angle with a stria metallic plaster finish. d) Textured plaster through the large Mosaic Stencil overlaid with the Donatella Damask Stencil. Then, a softer textured medium gave the look of individually designed mosaic tiles. All were covered in Modern Masters metallic paints.
How does stenciling enhance your creative business?
To use the most overused phrase out there, it takes me to another level. I especially enjoy using the Modello Masking patterns. It gives me the freedom to go past the boundaries of the ordinary. I often design custom stencils and make them completely unique to my project. I love the fact that I can use them with all substrates including glass, wood, fabric, walls, canvas, ceilings and beyond. In seven years, my creative business has soared from a space in my laundry room to a 10,300 square foot free-standing space that is truly a dream come true. My studio is an artist’s paradise with built-in vertical easel spaces, massive worktables on wheels, a full kitchen facility and apartments for students to use when they take multi-day workshops. We can fling paint everywhere and not worry!
Teri Taylor Roddy has been an Interior Designer since 1998 and has worked on residential and contract interiors across the United States. In 2004, she launched her decorative painting business and her specialty paint and plaster finishes have since been featured in numerous publications. Due to her incredible design and artistic sense, Teri is also a featured speaker on behalf of her studio, Patina Home, at various special events and workshops. Please be sure to follow her Facebook fan page to keep in touch with her studio.